Presentation on theme: "Learning Strategies Elaine Hawkins"— Presentation transcript:
1 Learning Strategies Elaine Hawkins Programme Director: Higher Education Introductory StudiesBirkbeck, University of London
2 Discussion questions What is learning? How happy are you with your current learning strategies? Do you have a strategy??
3 Learning strategies: skills and processes ‘How to’ do things (skills). For example:Take notesFind reliable information/reference correctlyUse a computer effectively for study and researchWrite an essay/ give a seminar presentationTake a timed assessmentLearning as a processPsychological and social
4 Elizabeth Ellsworth(2005) Places of Learning; Media, Architecture, Pedagogy: ‘I will locate the experience of the learning self as a self not in compliance but in transition and in motion towards previously unknown ways of thinking and being in the world’ (16).44
5 Learning: a complicated process? Emotional as well as intellectualInvolves our identities: resistance as well as acceptance.Social as well as psychological: external as well as internal factors play a part in learning.5
6 Learning in Educational settings Who decides what is valuable to learn?How does learning in educational settings relate to the learning we do in our everyday lives?In your field of study, who has most control over what we ‘know’?
7 Learning Styles? Am I clever enough? Do different people learn differently?7
8 (Adapted from Kolb and Fry (1975) cited in Honey and Mumford 1992) Learning StylesTheorisingKolb’s Learning Cycle(Adapted from Kolb and Fry (1975) cited in Honey and Mumford 1992)ExperiencingTestingReflecting8
9 Harry Potter on Learning (Theorising) Harry stared at the stone basin. The contents had returned to their original silvery white state, swirling and rippling beneath his gaze.‘What is it?’ Harry asked shakily.‘This? It is called a pensieve’, said Dumbledore. ‘I sometimes find, and I’m sure that you know the feeling, that I simply have too many thoughts and memories crammed in to my mind.‘Er,’ said Harry, who couldn’t truthfully say that he had ever felt anything of the sort.‘At these times’ said Dumbledore, indicating the stone basin, ‘I use the pensieve. One simply siphons thoughts from one’s mind, pours them in to the basin, and examines them at one’s leisure. It becomes easier to spot patterns and links, you understand, when they are in this form.’(Rowling, 2000, pp quoted in Moon, J. (2004) A Handbook of Reflective and Experiential Learning: Theory and Practice (Routledge, Falmer)
10 Making a start with your studies Organising space and resourcesOrganising time: charts and diariesCombining work and studyCollaborative learning: study groupsIndependent/autonomous learningExplore your motivationDefine your own outcomes/goalsDeveloping a questioning approach
11 Making a start with your studies Identify resources to assist youKeep a record of their locationExtend your readingPractice summarising and note-takingPractice active listeningIdentify and record what you already know: transferable skills.
12 Learning Strategies:Resources Books:Cottrell, S.(2008)The Study Skills Handbook (3rd edition),Burns, T and Sinfield, S.(2003)Essential Study Skills: The Complete Guide toNorthedge, A. (2005)The Good Study Guide (2005) Also: The Sciences Good Study Guide and Chambers and Northedge(2008) The Arts Good Study Guide (2nd edn 2008)Cottrell, S. (2011) Critical Thinking Skills Palgrave Macmillan
15 Personal Development Alder, H (2005) Boost Your Creative Intelligence Cottrell, S. (2010) Skills for Success: The Personal Development Planning Handbook (2nd Edition)Fennell, M. (2006) Overcoming Low self-esteem Constable and RobinsonIbarra, H (2004) Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your CareerLindeford, G (2001) Assert YourselfMichelli, D (2002) Assertiveness in a WeekNeenan, M. and Dryden W (2001). Life Coaching Brunner-Routledge,Winstanley, D (2005) Personal Effectiveness.