Free Electronic journal of personal reading and professional development record Author: Michael Ogundele

Introduction Personal reading is a habit that needs to be encouraged from toddler to old age. Purpose of personal reading: Personal reading is primarily for current awareness of research, writing, and presentations, or simply for sheer pleasure. It is also an imperative method of professional development in various fields and specialties. Personal reading helps to promotes active learning, enhance personal growth and development-improve ability to reflect, critical appraisal & thinking, problem-solving skills. it is a personal investment in a growing awareness of personal thoughts, feelings and self-discovery. Advantages of electronic record of personal reading Most people are now familiar with computers and almost every child has access to a personal computer. Software applications for electronic record of personal reading are commonly available on desktop, laptops and personal hand-held devices such as mobile phones and iphones. Methods of personal reading record Reading experience can be greatly enhanced by record of quotations, reflections, summaries, critiques, appraisals, challenges and impressions. Record of personal reading could serve as rich resources for personal research, formal or informal writing such as blogging, scientific publications and presentations. Journaling of Personal reading can contain overall impression about a book or article, record of evidence-base, reliable data, relevance and applicability. It may also include personal emotions invoked: laughter, tears, smiles, or anger. Or, personal expression of pleasure and knowledge derived: boring and meaningless or animated and educative? Benefits of personal reading record Reflection is the mechanism by which we contemplate and try to understand relatively complex and sometimes troubling ideas for which there is no obvious solution. Reflection allows us to transform current ideas and experiences into new knowledge and action. Personal reading journals help us to remember ideas or knowledge gained later; it is a record to look back on. Furthermore, the act of putting pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) engages our brains. To write we have to think. Some authors argue that when we 'capture our stories while the action is fresh', we are often provoked to wonder 'Why do I do this?' or 'Why did this happen? The act of writing something down often crystallises a particular problem or issue or enables us to identify the strengths and weakness of the content we are reading, and areas in which further reading or knowledge may be beneficial. Journal writing encourages engagement with the author in a way that is not possible by merely reading through the text. Record of personal reading also stimulates our creativity and helps us to imagine ourselves in the place of the book or article writer and forces us to imagine what we would have written differently or in agreement with the author.

A free electronic journal of personal reading We have designed a free intuitively easy-to-use electronic application for record of personal reading and professional development monitoring. The specific features of the software include:  Record of personal reading summaries, resource, author, title, web link etc  Record of attendance at special educational meetings, CPD points gained, study leave etc.  Record of interesting cases observed The software is based on a common microsoft office software (MS Access). You can download the free software application from www.e-software-medicals.com. Conclusion Personal reading journal is a bridge between personal and professional development. A free electronic software application has been designed for enhancing personal reading journal and documentation of professional development through self-directed learning. You can download the free software application from www.e-softwaremedicals.com.

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