Learning Style in Past and Present

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Critical reflection of my learning style, past and present with theconsideration of my strengths andweaknessesModule leader
In this assignment I am going to reflect on my learning style in the past andat present.Moreover, I will clarify my personal learning plans that helped me achievemy publichealth masterdegree.Ihave some favorite memories of my school time. I started school at the age of seven,the usual age when all kids start going school in Sudan. In my opinion that was a goodstarting age as I had enough time to play and have fun prior to starting the business oflearning and homework seriously. Children from well off background attended pre-school nurseries which was not compulsory.The day before I started going to school,my motherbought me aschool uniform and a lovely pinkbag. Wedid not have lunchboxes.Our lunch sandwich used to be wrapped in papers.I remember vividly my firstday atschool, I wasdressed in a nice new cream uniform and holding my mother’shand. The school was about a mile away from my house. I was slightly scared as I didnot know what to expect despite being prepared by my elder siblings. My mother left mewith the teacher. The bell rang signaling the beginning of the school day. We had tostand in line in the school yard .The head master welcomed the new children andwished us all the best. I felt big and grown. At the end of my first day my mother pickedme up. I could not wait to tell my mother about my first day at school and that I madeone friend, Alysha.At year one, I started with threesubjects, namely, Arabic, Mathematics and Religiousstudies.The number of subjects increased gradually as I progressed to the next levels.By year six, I ended up with twelve subjects. Although I loved the idea of being big girland go to school, I was overwhelmed with all the home work Ihad todo.I was given home work from day one which was very stressful and I felt that was toomuch for me. I was not allowed enough time to enjoy myself and I had no time at all towatch television and play with my brothers andsisters.I would be asked to stand in the corner facing the wall for long periods for not doing myhomework or performing badly in my tests. The punishments were severe. Flogging wasthe most common type of physical punishment used at my school. I had my share offlogging. No student escaped this type of punishment. Of course, thatwas cruel and
harsh way of punishment. More importantly, it stopped me from enjoying learningas Icontinuously stayed worriedabout the potential punishment if my home work was not uptotherequiredstandard of myteachers.The school providedme with thetext books for all subjectsand the stationarythroughoutmy education. All were free of any charges.I felt that was really generousandexcellent considering Sudan being relatively apoor country. Text books had to bereturned to the school at the end of the academic year.Theschool day used to start veryearly, at seveno’clock, and finish early, at 1: 30.Primary school started at year one and finished at year six. There were about fortystudents in each class and only one teacher per class.As thenumbers of students weretoo high, it was verydifficultfor one teacher to get along with everyone. Wealwaysworked individually, there were no group work. I think that was not a good idea asworking in groups encourages knowledge andsharing.The worst aspect, in my opinion, is the education system in Sudan. At the end of eachacademic year, I had to do examinations covering all subjects and if Ifailedeven in onesubject, I would not be allowed to progress to the next level. Evenone had to redo thewhole year. Thankfully, I did not have to redoany year. In addition,at the end of eachacademic year the results of ourexaminations had to beannounced in front of the all thestudents.So that everybodywould know how I performed. In myopinion that was quiteinappropriate and embarrassing for some underperforming students. However, from theschool’s point of view, the system encouragedcompetitionbetween students and raisedstandards.In Sudan, the schoolyear used to start at the beginningof Julyand finish by end ofApril, because Sudan is very hot country and temperatures would reach fifty degreesCelsius in the Summer and hence my schoolsummer holiday used to commencein Mayfor three months.Although it was right thatschools were close in the extremely hotsummer period, I felt the length of the breaks did not help me in my education as I usedto forget all what I learnt by the time I returned to school. I wish this system can change
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