Getting to Know Your Learning Style - Columbia University

Getting to Know Your Learning Style - Columbia University

Getting to Know Your Learning Style Adapted from: Knaak, W.C. (1983) . Learning styles: Application for Vocational Education. Student Development Centre, The University of Western Ontario, University Community Centre Learning Styles

Different situations and learning environments require different learning strategies, so it's best to have a large repertoire from which to draw Individual Differences in Learning Style Background in subject matter-interests Text preference: prose vs. outline

Cognitive Skills: Information processing visual vs. verbal spatial reasoning, sequential reasoning Personality style: reflective vs impulsive

Demonstration 2 - Individual differences in processing visual information Learning Style Preferences Personal Learning Style: How do you learn? Social

Learning Style: Do you like to learn by yourself or in a group? Reporting Learning Style: How do you share with others? Personal Learning Style:

Visual language Seeing words Using visuals Writing down words Using information that they read How do you like to get directions? 0%

0 of 111 0% 1. Map 0% 2. Written 10 instructions Take the C train to 110th Street station. Walk westward on 110th Street

away from Central Park, up the hill, past St John the Divine Cathedral to Broadway, and walk up to 116th Street. Take the entrance to Lerner Hall. . . Personal Learning Style: Visual Numerical Seeing numbers in order tow work with them

Remembering numerical facts that they saw Dont need much oral explanation Personal Learning Style: Auditory Language Hearing spoken words Reciting to themselves Learning by hearing

Personal Learning Style: Auditory Numerical Hearing numbers and explanations Memorizing numbers strings by hearing them Resolving problems in their heads Saying numbers to themselves Personal Learning Style: Auditory

Visual Kinesthetic Combination Learning through experience Combining different stimuli Physically involved Handle and touch while learning Social Learning Styles Preferences Individual Learner: Learn better by themselves

Group Learner: Prefer to study with someone else Reporting Learning Styles Preference Oral Learning Reports: Communicate better orally, eloquent, and fluent. Have difficulty writing.

Written Learning Reports: Write easily, dont like to respond orally. Complete the Learning Styles Inventory Most like me 9 Least like me 1

Using the Learning Styles Inventory Scoring Sheet Enter the number you circle for each statement Add the numbers for each category Interpreting your scores Scores 36 and above:Dominant learning style preference Scores 26-35: Major learning style

preference Scores 16-25: Minor learning style preference Scores 5-15: Not useful Share your Personal Learning Style with us! Visual language Visual numerical Auditory Language

Auditory Numerical Combination Share your Social Learning Style with us! Individual Learner Group Learner Share your Reporting Learning Style with us!

Expressiveness Oral Expressiveness Written Enhancing Auditory Learning: Lecture Learning Listen Repeat information silently to yourself Sub-vocalize"

Enhancing Auditory Learning: Text Learning

Rehearse/repeat Study with a partner Use rhymes or jingles to memorize Think about how parts of the words sound Talk to yourself about diagrams and illustrations Tape yourself summarizing key points, replay tape Read instructions and questions out loud Sub-vocalize test questions Choose music with no lyrics

Enhancing Visual Learning: Lecture Learning Watch for key written words Seat where you can see Use visuals like symbols and color in notes to help flag new concepts and key ideas Ask the instructor if other visual information is available (eg. course web site, lecture outline)

Enhancing Visual Learning: Text Learning Make an outline of key topics in charts,

sketches, diagrams format Make pictures in your mind Use the Cornell note-taking system Write down problems and/or questions down Use flash cards to help rehearse Color code notes and highlighting Draw boxes or circles around terms/concepts and draw lines or arrows to highlight relationships

Enhancing Kinesthetic Learning: Lecture Learning Ask questions and participate in discussions Take a small object (eg. stress-ball) to class to play with Consider using a lap-top to take notes Consider choosing course sections offering 3 one-hour Use class breaks

to stand up and stretch Enhancing Kinesthetic Learning: Text Learning Do something physical before sitting down to read

or study Highlight, underline, take notes, use practice questions Use your fingers or a piece of paper to help keep track of where you are Break reading tasks into small chunks Stop after each chunk, think about what you learned, and write a brief summary Take regular breaks to move around

Write processes, etc. on cards, mix them up, then practice physically arranging them into the correct sequence Use your hands when studying and explaining concepts to yourself

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