Dear Professor Blackstone,

I am currently attending your module in Effective Communication and would like to introduce myself to you. My name is Zi Rui, currently studying in singapore institutite of technology (SIT) sustainable infrastructure engineering (building services). I graduated from Temasek Polytechnic in 2015, majoring in integrated facility management. During my second year in diploma, I was able to select an elective either in Aviation or Hospitality. I chose Aviation as my elective as I am interested and wish to expand and explore a different field of studies. After graduation, I decided to enroll into Sustainable Infrastructure Engineering because of the similarity between my diploma and degree in certain aspects. Also, to gain more knowledge and to pursue a career in this field of work.

My goals for the 3-4 years in SIT will be to gain more knowledge and skills which can be put to better use in the future. Also, to build up my confidence and communication skills and to achieve good results.

There are a few weaknesses in my communication skills, some of which is that I speak Chinese. As I am more comfortable in speaking Chinese, I tend to avoid speaking in English which in turns affected my communications with English speakers. This habit greatly affected me as I am unable to pronounce words and speaks confidently without slowing down, pausing for a moment or stutter. Secondly, I am an introvert and can only  speak comfortably and confidently only with people I know. My introvert characteristics do not only affect me socially, they affect my presentation skills too. I have to always remind myself to be confident and not shy away during presentations.

Despite my weaknesses, I am a team player. I am able to contribute to group projects, completing a task within the given time and ensuring my parts are done with appropriate standards. I enjoy working in groups and I am more comfortable working in small groups rather than bigger groups.

I believe that I will be able to communicate well and strengthen my presentation skills after completion of Effective Communications. And I believe you will be able to help us achieve our goals in communications skills by the end of this module. I look forward in working with you to improve myself and prepare for what is ahead in the future. Thank you.

Regards,

Zi Rui

 

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9 thoughts on “Letter Of Introduction

  1. Thanks, Zi Rui, for this highly detailed response to the assignment. I appreciate you being one of the first to post. Now I look forward to reading your classmates’ responses. I’ll come back to this and give more comments later.

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  2. Hi Zi Rui,

    I think that the content of this email is strong with good examples. For example, you mention that you avoid speaking English at times as speaking Mandarin becomes your habit.

    However, I found some grammar mistake that I will also make =P
    Please refer the following for some grammar mistakes:

    Quoted ‘speaks confidently without slowly down’ I think ‘slowly’ should be changed to ‘slowing’

    Quoted ‘characteristics does not’ since ‘characteristics’ is in plural form, I think you should change ‘does’ to ‘do’.

    I think overall, the email was well written and I hope that my comment would not offend you. =P

    Wei Jie

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    1. Hi Wei Jie,

      Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my blog. I have edited my blog based on your recommendations. I hope we get to work together in the future, and I wish you all the best!

      P.S. I am not offended 🙂 instead I should thank you!

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  3. Dear Zi Rui,

    The content of your blog provides the reader with lots of interesting information about your evolving sense of self, especially in terms of your communication skills. I think you gave strong and relevant examples and how it relates back to your strengths and weaknesses.

    I spotted a few grammatical errors. Here are a few minor comments in that regard:
    1. Quoted “I chose Aviation as my elective as I am interested and wish to expand and explore different field of studies.”
    should be changed to “a different field of studies”

    2. The school SIT should be added in full as ( Singapore Institute of Technology) on the first and added on with a bracket of (SIT) as some of your viewers might not know what does SIT mean.

    3. Quoted “completing task within given time and ensure my parts are done with some standards.”
    Similarly, should be changed to ” completing a task”

    Regards,
    Jonathan Gan

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  4. Dear Zi Rui,

    Thanks once again for this detailed letter. As mentioned in the feedback given by others, you do a good job describing your communication skills, goals for the module and background. In regard to your perceived weakness, I can sense that you are a bit shy and introverted. That is not necessarily a bad thing. However, if you want to overcome such shyness, I wonder if you might adopt certain strategies, say, speaking before you are spoken to in class, or volunteering to answer questions, just to get the ball rolling for that. So here’s my challenge to you. The next time I ask a question in class, even if you are not 100% certain of the answer, give it a shot. Raise your hand. I’ll be waiting for that! (It’s also another way of demonstrating that you can play on ‘our team’ in class.)

    You’ve gotten some good feedback on your language use. Most of the usage in this letter is correct, but there are a few minor issues (aside from the ones mentioned by classmates):

    1) I am able to contribute to group projects, completing a task within given time and ensure my parts are done with some standards. >>> (lack of parallelism)
    I am able to contribute to group projects, completing a task within the given time and ensurING my parts are done with APPROPRIATE standards.

    2) My introvert characteristics do not only affect me socially, it affected my presentation skills too. >>> (verb tense issue/incorrect pronoun referent)
    My introvert characteristics do not only affect me socially, they affect my presentation skills too.

    Thanks once again for all your hard wok!

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    1. Dear Professor Blackstone,

      Thank you for your comments and compliments on my letter of introduction, I have take note on your suggestions and have edited it. I will definitely try to overcome my shyness and voice out more. Thanks again for your comment!

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