Case Study - Marlena Gorska
Date posted: 12/06/2012
Chartered Management Institute learner, Marlena Gorska, has taken a level 3 Certificate for IT Users, despite her having dyslexia which she overcomes by use of colour co-ordinated tabs etc.
She completed her portfolio in just 5 months instead of the normal 12 months for most.
At the City & Guilds external verifiers visit this year – the verifier said it was one of the best portfolios he had seen in a long time. He spoke to Marlena on the phone and at the briefing at the end of the visit he said we should consider making a case study from Marlena.
Marlena has also been awarded the Most Outstanding Apprentice title at the Learner of the Year Ceremony from Tresham College, where she had done a level 2 Customer Service Apprenticeship and received a Star Unit award from City & Guilds.
Questions & Answers
1. Can you give us some background on yourself before you came to the college, for example, were you a school leaver? A mature learner looking to pursue a new course?
I was an adult learner looking to attain more skills in order to improve myself and enhance my career prospects.
2. Why did you choose to study at SLC?
My employer chose it for me.
3. What do you enjoy about your course?
This course afforded me an opportunity to discover a love for learning. In addition, through it I came to appreciate the importance of being able to freely organise and present one’s knowledge. A sense of achievement that followed was indescribable!
4. What do you hope to do after you have completed your course?
I hope to develop further by building up a career and pursuing more courses along the way. :)
5. Have you been involved in any extra-curricular activities at the college? And, if so, can you tell us what you have enjoyed about them?
Unfortunately not. My course was work-based in Corby Northants. However, if such a chance presented itself, I would not pass it up!
6. What is your number one study tip?
Get yourself organised! By doing a little bit each day, you get to monitor your progress; this way you will always be on the right track to complete your course. Separate your work into smaller chunks; this way it will be more enjoyable and easier to cope with. :)
7. What is your brain-food (the one thing that always encourages you to study)?
I view studies as an exercise for the brain: maths is like puzzles; IT is like detective’s work. It is important and empowering to realise that, if you are doing a course, you are doing it for YOURSELF and no one else. And if it is for you, why not give it the best shot?