A Space For Personal And Academic Interests

The place where I will spend the majority of my day needs to be a comfortable place to work and a good place for my students to learn. As the teacher I am responsible for creating a space that reflects the learning goals of the workspace, the personality, interests, and age of the students who learn there and to create a space that is a comfortable and productive learning environment for all. If I should be given the opportunity to select the type of student desks I want, I will ask for flat top desks with separate chairs. This type of desk is the most versatile for clustering for small group work, placing in a horseshoe or circle for discussions, or arranging in rows for testing. No matter the furniture I have in my classroom, I want to be purposeful about arranging it to match the sort of student interaction I desire for that given day’s lesson. I need to ensure those students’ desks are arranged so that students can get in and out of their seats and retrieve their materials without bumping into each other or each other’s work. In addition, I must actually sit at each student location to see shat a student sees from that spot in the room, and remove any visual or auditory barriers or distracters from the key instructional areas of the room. I will need to arrange the furniture in the room to match desired student interaction. For example, when I want students to be engaged in a whole class discussion, students need to be where they can see each other, and the best arrangement for that type of interaction is a circle or horseshoe. When I want students to work in small groups, I need the desks to resemble a small table; and when the students are taking a test, the traditional arrangement of rows of desks is the desired arrangement. High-traffic areas near doors, the pencil sharpener, locations for turning in or obtaining materials, and the supply center need to be kept as clear of furniture as possible. If possible it would be nice to have a small table at which I could conduct small group instruction and also have private conferences with students concerning their work and behavior. Lastly, their size and the types of materials to be stored in each, all the while being mindful of safety issues regarding traffic patterns will dictate the placement of bookcases, storage cabinets, and file cabinets.

Student Motivation

Possibly one of the most difficult tasks that teachers face is motivating their students to learn. Positive planning practices, not only for the first days of school, but also for every day throughout the year are a must for good classroom management. The teacher should focus first on the whole year and plan backwards. Planning for the first days with a picture of what you want your students to know and be able to do by the end of the year is essential (Burden, 2017). According to J. D. McCullough’s book, Kingdom Living in Your Classroom, there are a few students who are classified as intrinsically motivated learners because they possess a natural love of learning and knowledge (McCullough, 2008). These learners are every teacher’s dream because they crave knowledge and take responsibility for their education by pursuing information due to their interest in a specific topic. An intrinsically motivated student will enter the classroom with academic enthusiasm and find satisfaction in a job well done. These are the students who will retain the knowledge they learn over a much longer period of time because they have made the information relevant and meaningful. On the other hand, there are far too many students who are only extrinsically motivated and they arrive at the classroom under protest and behave as if they are being tortured rather than taught and challenge teachers to find a way to motivate them. The extrinsically motivated students are the ones who are unwilling to put forth any effort unless there is a promise of a reward or a threat of some type of punishment or consequence. When the teacher assigns a project or any other type of assignment, these are the students whose first question is, “Are you taking a grade on this?” These are also the students who seem to have low self-efficacy for performing most tasks because they do not feel capable and sometimes suffer from low self-esteem as well because they are convinced that they are some how inferior. The extrinsically motivated learner is often the student who only memorizes the material for an assessment and once the examination is passed the information is soon forgotten.

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My Academic And Research Interests

Personal Statement

Growing up as a child, my family and everyone around me had an expectation of me becoming a medical doctor. I had that notion until few weeks to filling out my college application form, I went for an energy career session organised by some alumni of my secondary school, after which I made up my mind to study petroleum engineering. Initially, I was shaken up by the idea of pursuing a course entirely different from what I have been preparing my whole life for, and also the fact that I did not know any petroleum engineer who can advise me on the path ahead. However, presently I know I could not have made a better decision. I found my passion in petroleum engineering; which are the challenging environment, the innovations, and the solutions to energy problems that it provides. I already possess a Bachelor degree in Petroleum Engineering with First Class Honour and I am eager to continue my petroleum engineering education at your school.

During my undergraduate program, amidst being the youngest in the department (age 15), I had a target of being the best from inception and thus I maintained a steady growing academic grades from my first year with a constant class rank of 1 out of 200 in all semesters for the five years course duration. Amidst my compulsory courses, I opted for the challenging courses in the curriculum related to fluid mechanics and renewable energy because I wanted to learn more and often perform better when challenged. I had distinctions in all petroleum engineering courses less two.

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Apart from my regular class schedule, I engaged in other extracurricular activities like organising tutorial lessons for my classmates every weekend, holding revision classes few days before examination date, organising petroleum software trainings for all levels and delivering educational/behavioural lectures on various occasions. These activities helped me in developing good time management skill, presentation and communication skill, logical thinking and intellectual curiosity as I have to cover difficult areas before teaching it during my tutorial sessions. I graduated as the best in my department and the 2nd best student in my university with several awards and scholarships as highlighted in my attached resume.

Based on the advice and motivations from my professional mentors, I developed my research skill from my 3rd year in school and ever since then, have engaged in several researches focused in different fields of petroleum engineering ranging from well test analysis to reserve estimation, reservoir modelling and production optimization strategies. I worked with a team in carrying out those studies and have contributed in various categories like documentation, simulation, laboratory analyses and reviews. I have published several papers in relation to reservoir management, well test and PVT analysis. One of the works focused on improved fluid contact monitoring for reservoir management using calibrated dynamic models with log data. Other publications were related to pressure transient analysis for some complex reservoirs in Niger Delta and application of an artificial neural network algorithm in predicting PVT properties of Niger Delta fluids.

As part of the course curriculum in my school, I worked with several oil and gas companies in Nigeria as an intern. This opportunity exposed me to the practical application and understanding of the theoretical concepts learnt in school. I worked with the reservoir engineering discipline team at Shell Petroleum Development Company and as a petroleum engineer in CypherCrescent LTD shortly after school. I have also worked in several teams with job roles ranging from well completion, pressure transient analysis, well integrity, reservoir modelling, PVT characterization, nodal analysis to production optimization and operating envelopes.

The skills acquired from interactions, trainings, conferences and handling challenging tasks were applied in my undergraduate thesis focused on optimizing production from an oil rim reservoir considering various production strategies. Apart from industrial experiences, I also engaged in some voluntary activities under the platform of Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) where I occupied a leadership position as the secretary general in my student chapter. This helped me in building my professional networks and gave me opportunities to engage in humanitarian services like organising energy seminars for secondary school students, creating a technical paper workshop forum, and organising annual student/alumni interactive sessions.

Having been threading the energy path for several years and with the zeal to acquire more knowledge and help in proffering better solutions to energy problems in my country especially during this low oil price period, I chose to apply to Imperial College. I am quite fascinated with Prof. Gringarten’s works on well test analysis and Prof. Blunt’s works on flow through pore spaces, and I would love an opportunity to learn from the best minds in the energy industry based on the pool of your renowned lecturers, and state of the art laboratory facilities. By studying in the UK, I hope to explore the networking opportunities and learn from the cultural diversities thereof. These, I believe would make me a better petroleum engineer upon returning to my country.

Imperial College is reputed for its specialty in Petroleum Engineering, which ranks top 1st in the United Kingdom. The specialty has a very strong faculty and advanced research facilities. It offers research-intensive programs and many field trips. Such an academic environment agrees very well with my academic and research interests. In my future program, I will continue to build up my theoretical knowledge, consolidate my basic skills, and learn the most recent advanced technologies. I will try to focus my program on a specific subject that will most meet the needs of Nigeria’s oil and gas industry. I believe that my degree program in Imperial College will be the most fruitful one.

I look forward to being a petroleum engineering graduate student in your school. Thanks in anticipation of your favourable response.

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