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Tag Archives: Kehidupan PhD di Inggris

How do students learn? the thing that you must know as lecturer

The thing that I loved and appreciated most pursuing my PhD in the UK, especially in the University of Nottingham was that I had a world of opportunities to be fully developed as personal. Doing PhD in the UK was not simply doing research. The University of Nottingham provided free a bunch of courses and workshops for your personal development to be fully well-rounded graduate. I personally enjoyed these opportunities very much. I really enjoyed learning something new, cross discipline, and out of my research area and academic background. I also enjoyed attending the courses, because I always had opportunity to make new friends. Meet, Greet, and learn from new people from different culture and background was always a great pleasure and priceless moment for me.  As Phd student, I really did not want to limit my life border with the lab wall.

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One of interesting workshops that I loved most was Learning and Teaching. From this workshop,  I had a great opportunities to learn elaborately how the higher learning education system in the UK was. It also gave me practical skill in effective learning and teaching thoroughly. There were a wide variety of courses prepared in order for helping to be a good lecturer. I strongly believed that It will be very fruitful knowledge for me, as a lecturer,  in the future. Being  mastering in our expertise area was not enough to be a great lecturer. Because, we will be dealing with human, not machine. There were many complicated things to be considered as a lecturer who always be dealing with students as human.

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It was Wednesday (22/05/2013). I attended another workshop in Teaching and Learning, namely : How do students learn? It was a great workshop. The lecturer was perfect, the one who had experiences more than 15 years in his subject of expertise. The workshop material was also awesome, and the participants were interesting. I enjoyed very much the workshop.

From this workshop, I just realized that students had different approaches in their learning styles. They were Activist, Reflector, Theorist, and Pragmatist. They had quite different style in learning. They had different preferences on the way they were taught in the class. So far as a lecturer, I did not care about that. I thought that what I thought to be effective method for me, should be the effective one as well for the entire students. Apparently, that was totally wrong. The effective way for someone was not necessarily to be effective way for the others. I must be aware about it and I should be more wise in teaching in the future. The workshop also encouraged us to create active learning in the class.

In the rest of the day, I dealt back with my PhD stuff in the Lab.

Thank you very much for the day ya Allah. I love you as always !

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Beras Miskin (Raskin) vs Beras Harga Cerdas

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Hari itu adalah hari Jumat siang, sekitar pukul 2 siang. Seperti biasa, selepas sholat jumat di Portland Building, University Park, Universitas Nottingham, kami teman-teman pelajar Indonesia  berkumpul  sekedar untuk mengobrol sebentar di gedung pusat kegiatan mahasiswa tersebut. Entah kenapa, saya selalu merasakan kebahagian tersendiri berjumpa dengan teman-teman seperjuangan sebangsa dan setanah air.  Karena di luar itu, kita selalu terperangkap dengan kesibukan di dunia kecil kita masing-masing atau terjebak dalam kesendirian yang menyesakkan dada.

Setelah berdiskusi kecil, di hari terakhir liburan Ester tersebut, saya, ZA, dan pak SH memutuskan untuk belanja bersama di Hyson Green, sementara mas WI pergi ke city center untuk belanja ke City Center dengan voucher hasil dari jadi sukarelawan objek penelitian.

Kami menunggu bus Medilink, layanan bus gratis,  di halte di depan, Queen Medical Center, Fakultas Kedokteran Universitas Nottingham. Lima menit kemudian, bus tiba, dan kami segera masuk ke dalam bus, di sambut  senyum ramah  sopir bus.  Di dalam bus, kami tak pernah kehabisan bahan diskusi untuk membandingkan kondisi Indonesia dan di Inggris yang selalui kami sudahi dengan” andai-andai” suatu saat negeri kami memiliki fasilitas senyaman di negeri ratu Elisabeth ini. Kami akhirnya turun di halte Wilkinson street.

Dari halte tersebut, kami harus berjalan lagi sekitar 10 menit menuju pusat perbelanjaan. Hyson green ini adalah salah satu wilayah di Nottingham yang mayoritas warganya adalah Muslim. Disini, bisa ditemukan toko-toko dengan nama-nama arab layaknya pertokoan di daerah Ampel Surabaya. Disini juga, kita bisa dengan mudah menemukan penjual daging dan ayam halal. Bahan-bahan makanan Asia juga tersedia di Hyson Green ini.

Tempat pertama kali yang kami kunjungi adalah sebuah supermarket besar bernama ASDA.  Layaknya sebuah supermarket, hampir semua kebutuhan hidup tersedia di supermarket hijau ini. Berbeda dengan supermarket pada umumnya di Inggris, di ASDA terdapat lumayan banyak produk yang berlabel Halal, termasuk daging dan ayam halal.

Yang menarik di Asda ini adalah tersedianya produk bermerek khusus ASDA smart price.  Hampir semua jenis produk mulai dari beras, telur, minyak, biskuit, sampai dengan Parfum tersedia merk Asda Smart Price. Kemasanya cukup mudah dikenali dengan warna kemasan didominasi putih dan hijau. Harga produk smart price ini harganya super murah. Harganya bisa lebih murah 1/2 bahkan sampai dengan 1/5 merk lainya dengan kualitas yang hampir sama. Beras 1 kg smart price misalnya, harganya cuman 40 Pence (0.4 Poundsterling) sedangkan merk lain harganya di atas 1 Poundsterling. Padahal pernah saya coba, ternyata beras yang £0.4 per kg rasanya lebih enak daripada beras yang harganya di atas £1.

Sepertinya di Inggris ini diberlakukan subsidi untuk bahan makanan pokok. Mungkin sama dengan di Indonesia dengan program Raskin alias Beras Miskin. Hanya saja disini, diberi nama yang lebih santun, beras harga cerdas. Dan tidak hanya beras, tapi hampir semua bahan makanan. Yang membuat saya heran adalah meskipun harga produk smart price itu jauh lebih murah daripada merek lain, ternyata merk lain tetap laku. Kalau logika saya, untuk mendapatkankan produk dengan kualitas yang sama, kenapa harus bayar lebih mahal?

Rupanya logika itu tidak berlaku disini. Mungkin karena tingkat kesadaran dan daya beli yang sangat tinggi, hanya mereka yang benar-benar berkantong cekak saja yang memilih produk smart price.

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Pokoknya, kalau cerdas memilih produk dengan harga cerdas , kita bisa menyelamatkan pundi-pundi Pound kita :D.