How We Learn
This week's lecture is divided into three parts. You will need to refer back to your coursepack section on Study Skills which starts on page 76. Be sure to read everything carefully and do each of the class Quick Trips + Assignments. These are part of your course lecture. Always refer back to the course outline to check for assignments that must be turned in to me. An updated outline can be found in the Course Information section.
This week you will be doing a lot of self-evaluation about how you learn and how you view yourself as a student/learner. You will need to think critically in response to the lecture questions and assignment.
Have fun! Remember to email me with any questions you might have.
DIRECTIONS: Before you begin working on this chapter,read the following statements. Check off statements on the Anticipation guide that you agree (A) or Disagree (D).
It’s always a good idea to do some kind of self evaluation during each academic semester. Stop to think about what your life goals are on a personal, academic, and vocational level. At the start of this semester you filled out a worksheet to evaluate your long range goals. You were asked to answer: What will you be doing in five years? What will you be doing in 10 years? What are some accomplishments you view with pride up to this point in your life?
Have you ever thought about what steps it takes to reach our goals? Additionally, when you think about your academic life and plan for your success as a student, do you know how to learn? What is your learning style? Do you know your strengths as well as your weaknesses as a student? How can you work with these? How do you learn new information? How can you best work with your memory?
Evaluating how you learn and what you expect from your college experience, can help keep you on the right track from the first day of classes. As your semester progresses, continue to think about these goals – you might find you want to change or redefine them.
Goal-awareness is something you have to keep paying attention to, not just something you think about occasionally. College is similar to a business environment in that, you are expected to be organized and work effectively and efficiently. To keep you organized you want to learn what is expected of you and plan how you will be able to accomplish this. Don’t allow yourself to fall into the trap of “suddenly realizing you’re behind, trying to cram more into a day than can fit, telling yourself you have more time than you do, stretching yourself beyond limits and then collapsing with stress. That’s where time budgeting helps! Plan ahead.
As part of your self-evaluation, you should know how you learn best so you can increase your opportunities for success in school. You will then be able to develop your learning/study plan.
Have you ever thought abut the type of learner you are? Do you learn new ideas best by writing the information down, by taking notes? Then you would be called a tactile learner. The tactile/kinesthetic learner learns best with the physical act of writing down new information or being physically involved with the new material.
Perhaps you can listen intently to a lecture or video and only need to write a few key words down to help you remember the lecture’s content? You may be an auditory learner. Seeing information helps the auditory learner understand new material better.
Do remember information more if you see it written on the board or shown on an overhead projector? Do you enjoy looking at map, charts, or pictures? In this instance, then perhaps you are a visual learner. The visual learner needs to see information written before it can be processed mentally.
Let's find out what type of learner you are. There are several Learning Styles questionnaires you can take to find this out. Proceed to the QUICK TRIPS to take two learning styles inventories.
learning styles inventories should be used in conjunction
with other diagnostic tools you’ll be experimenting with in this class. You are the primary judge of you own learning. Use the information you find out about in these
surveys or inventories with learning strategies that have worked for
you in the past. The more of
your senses you make use of when studying, the easier learning becomes.
The learning styles inventories should be used in conjunction with other diagnostic tools you’ll be experimenting with in this class. You are the primary judge of you own learning. Use the information you find out about in these surveys or inventories with learning strategies that have worked for you in the past. The more of your senses you make use of when studying, the easier learning becomes.
we look at some study techniques to help you become a better learner,
it’s important that you understand
what it means to learn and what part memory plays in your ability to
Before we look at some study techniques to help you become a better learner, it’s important that you
understand what it means to learn and what part memory plays in your ability to learn.