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1 Learning Styles Maximizing the Way We Learn

2 Agenda Today you will… –Find out what type of learner you are –Discover strategies that work best for your style of learning –Find out how you prefer to learn –Discover strategies that work best for your learning preference

3 What Type of Learner Am I? Take the assessment and find out! Go to : /lsi/lsiframe.html and take the Learning Styles Tests 1 & 2. /lsi/lsiframe.html

4 Visual Learners You learn best when information is presented visually and in a written language format. In a classroom setting, you benefit from instructors who use the blackboard (or overhead projector) to list the essential points of a lecture, or who provide you with an outline to follow along with during lecture. You benefit from information obtained from textbooks and class notes. You tend to like to study by yourself in a quiet room. You often see information "in your mind's eye" when you are trying to remember something. You benefit from instructors who use visual aids such as film, video, maps and charts. You benefit from information obtained from the pictures and diagrams in textbooks. When trying to remember something, you can often visualize a picture of it in your mind. You may have an artistic side that enjoys activities having to do with visual art and design.

5 Strategies for Visual Learners “Color coding" Using highlighter pens - highlight different kinds of information in contrasting colors. Write out sentences / phrases Make flashcards of vocabulary words and concepts that need to be memorized. When learning information presented in diagrams or illustrations, write out explanations for the information. When a problem involves a sequence of steps, write out in detail how to do each step. Make yourself visual reminders of information that must be memorized – Flash cards, Post-its, diagrams

6 Kinesthetic/Tactile Learners You learn best when physically engaged in a "hands on" activity. In the classroom, you benefit from a lab setting where you can manipulate materials to learn new information. You learn best when you can be physically active in the learning environment. You benefit from instructors who encourage in-class demonstrations, "hands on" student learning experiences, and field work outside the classroom.

7 Strategies for Kinesthetic Learners Sit near the front of the room and take notes throughout the class period. Don’t worry about taking “perfect” notes When studying, walk back and forth with textbook, notes, or flashcards in hand and read the information out loud. To learn a sequence of steps, make 3'x 5' flashcards for each step. Arrange the cards on a table top to represent the correct sequence. Limit the amount of information per card to aid recall. Practice putting the cards in order until the sequence becomes automatic. When reviewing new information, copy key points onto large writing surface. Use graphics, tables, and spreadsheets to further organize material that must be learned. Listen to audio tapes on a Walkman tape player while exercising. Make your own tapes containing important course information.

8 Auditory Learners You learn best when information is presented auditory in an oral language format. In a classroom setting, you benefit from listening to lecture and participating in group discussions. You also benefit from obtaining information from audio tape. When trying to remember something, you can often "hear" the way someone told you the information, or the way you previously repeated it out loud. You learn best when interacting with others in a listening/speaking exchange.

9 Strategies for Auditory Learners Join a study group to assist you in learning course material When studying by yourself, talk out loud to aid recall. Tape record your lectures. Use audio tapes State the problem in your own words. To learn a sequence of steps, write them out in sentence form and read them out loud.

10 Learning Preferences Think of a professor that you like What do they do when they walk in the door? How do they present information to the class? Think of a subject that interests you What’s involved? What motivates you to learn more about that subject?

11 Learning Preferences Type One Learners –My Favorite Question Is… –Why? –I Seek… –Meaning –I’m Good At ( amongst other things )… –Innovating & Imagination –I’m Motivated To… –Get involved in important issues –Create unity

12 Learning Preferences Type Two Learners –My Favorite Question Is… –What? –I Seek… –Facts –I’m Good At ( amongst other things )… –Creating concepts & models –I’m Motivated To… –Get the right data –Gain intellectual recognition

13 Learning Preferences Type Three Learners –My Favorite Question Is… –How? –I Seek… –Usability –I’m Good At ( amongst other things )… –Practical application of ideas –I’m Motivated To… –Learn how things work –Find “real life” solutions

14 Learning Preferences Type Four Learners –My Favorite Question Is… –What? –I Seek… –Hidden Possibilities –I’m Good At ( amongst other things )… –Action, carrying out plans –I’m Motivated To… –Make things happen –Discover something new

15 Let’s Bring It All Together Some Items to Think About: –Us adults learn by making connections. –It is normal to feel confused when approaching a new concept or problem. –“Aha!” moments need to be practiced, and we can practice them by utilizing different learning approaches. Try using a strategy outside your learning style or learning preference, and chances are you’ll remember it because your brain will recognize that you’re doing something different!!!

16 Let’s Bring It All Together Get Motivated! –Use the Learning Preferences sheet to remind yourself of how you get motivated to learn. –If a subject or assignment seems boring or overwhelming, try looking at it from your preferred point of view!

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