The five qualities described in the readings that I am least proficient would be managing impulsivity, persisting, striving for accuracy, patience, and attentiveness. In terms of managing impulsivity (Arta Costa), I always tend to jump straight into an argument or judgment without taking all the time that is truly necessary to make sure the argument is a valid one that can be completely and factually backed up by evidence. Persisting (Arta Costa) is a quality I really need to work on aswell because I tend to write part of an essay or paper and lose my train of thought or focus and simply get stuck.
This causes writing to take much longer than it should for me and I need to work on my ability to sit down and write something from start to completion. Striving for accuracy (Arta Costa) is an area that I need to work on because sometimes in timed situations or otherwise I tend to write names of characters or plot elements that I believe to be true and correct but that turn out to be slightly wrong or modified versions of the truth.
I need to take the time to go back and double check my facts.
The skill of patience (Carol Jago) is something I have always struggled with. I tend to judge a book and determine my like or dislike within the first hundred pages of the novel without waiting to see whether it has anything more to offer. I need to learn to hold off on judgment and wait till I am finished to measure a literary work. Lastly an area I need to work on is attentiveness (Carol Jago). I tend to begin glossing over a text when my attention has waned and I need to learn to be able to focus more and really do more active reading.
The five qualities I am most proficient with would be thinking flexibly, applying past knowledge to new situations, finding humor, fearlessness and banking. Firstly, I am quite proficient at thinking flexibly (Arta Costa). Once I have an opinion it is not set in stone but I allow the views of others and input of teachers to shape the opinion while maybe not completely changing it. In terms of applying past knowledge to new situations (Arta Costa) I am pretty decent at using information gathered in one place and applying it in a second area, be it between texts or even between classes.
Finding humor (Arta Costa) is a quality that I think I am quite good at. I try not to be very serious when reading and it helps me not lose focus. Fearlessness is another quality I think I’m proficient with because I never judge anything before I do it, so I am open to reading new works and am willing to plunge into the text and allow it to surprise me. Lastly, banking (Writing Analytically) is something I do fairly well, that is, when presented with information I can regurgitate it in some form quite well.
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