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What's your Learning Style?

Learning styles inventory, brief personality assessment, Left/Right brain, multiple intelligences, all from an academic success angle.
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Kristina Simpkins

on 10 July 2015

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Transcript of What's your Learning Style?

How do you learn
best
?

Myers Briggs
Extraverts
•are generally sociable
•are focused on the outer world
•get energy by spending time with others
•talk a lot & start conversations
•speak first, then think
•are quick to take action
•have many friends & many interests
Multiple Intelligences: What areas are you inclined towards?
Learning Styles
Visual
What did you Learn?
Language
Spatial
Logic/Math
Body Movement
Musical
Interpersonal
Intrapersonal
Nature
Take the Learning Styles
Assessment!
People who are strong in the language intelligence enjoy saying, hearing, and seeing words. They like telling stories. They are motivated by books, records, dramas, opportunities for writing.
People who are strong in the spatial intelligence remember things visually, including exact sizes and shapes of objects. They like posters, charts, and graphics. They like any kind of visual clues. They enjoy drawing.
People who are strong in the logic/math intelligence enjoy exploring how things are related. They like to understand how things work. They like mathematical concepts. They enjoy puzzles and manipulative games. They are good at critical thinking.
People who are strong in the body movement intelligence like to move, dance, wiggle, walk, and swim. They are often good at sports. They have good fine motor skills. They like to take things apart and put them back together.
People who are strong in the musical intelligence like the rhythm and sound of language. They like poems, songs, and jingles. They enjoy humming or singing along with music.
People who are strong in the interpersonal intelligence like to develop ideas and learn from other people. They like to talk. They have good social skills.
Intrapersonal has to do with introspective and self-reflective capacities. This refers to having a deep understanding of the self; what your strengths/weaknesses are, what makes you unique, being able to predict your own reactions/emotions.
People who are strong in the nature intelligence enjoy interacting with the outside world. They are adept at noticing patterns in nature and can easily distinguish between different species of flora and fauna.
1. How do you get your energy?
2. How do you see the world & gather information?
3. How do you make your decisions?
4. How much do you like to plan ahead?
Introverts
•are generally quiet
•are focused on their inner world
•get energy by spending time alone
•mostly listen & wait for others to talk first
•think first, then speak
•are slow to take action
•have a few deep friendships & refined interests
Sensers
•use their five senses
•pay attention to the details
•focus on what is real (in the present)
•think in concrete terms
•like practical things
•like to do (make)
•are accurate and observant
•prefer to do things the established way
iNtuitives
•use their "sixth sense"
•see the "big picture"
•focus on what is possible (in the future)
•think in abstract terms
•like theories
•like to dream (design)
•are creative and imaginative
•prefer to try out new ideas
Thinkers
•mostly use their head
•make decisions based on logic
•are more interested in things & ideas
•treat everybody the same
(emphasizing fairness)
•are more scientific in describing the world
Feelers
•mostly use their heart
•make decisions based on their values
•are more interested in people & emotions
•treat people according to their situation (emphasizing compassion)
•are more poetic in describing the world
Judgers
•are organized and structured
•make plans in advance
•keep to the plan
•like to be in control of their life
•want to finalize decisions
Perceivers
•are casual and relaxed
•prefer to "go with the flow"
•are able to change and adapt quickly
•like to simply let life happen
•want to find more information
What is your four letter 'type'?
Auditory
Tactile/Kinesthetic
Characteristics of Auditory Learner
- learn by hearing and listening.
- understand and remember things you have heard
-store information by the way it sounds, easier to understand spoken instructions
- often learn by reading out loud

As an auditory learner, you probably hum or talk to yourself or others if you become bored. People may think you are not paying attention, even though you may be hearing and understanding everything being said.
Tips for Auditory Learners
•Sit where you can hear.
•Have your hearing checked on a regular basis.
•Use flashcards to learn new words; read them out loud.
•Read stories, assignments, or directions out loud.
•Record yourself spelling words and then listen to the recording.
•Have test questions read to you out loud.
•Study new material by reading it out loud.
Characteristics of Visual Learners
- learn by reading or seeing pictures
- understand and remember things by sight
- picture what you are learning in your head
- like to see what you are learning.

As a visual learner, you are usually neat and clean. You often close your eyes to visualize or remember something, and you will find something to watch if you become bored. You may have difficulty with spoken directions and may be easily distracted by sounds. You are attracted to color and to spoken language (like stories) that is rich in imagery.
Tips for Visual Learners
•Sit near the front of the classroom. (It won't mean you're the teacher's pet!)
•Have your eyesight checked on a regular basis.
•Use flashcards to learn new words.
•Try to visualize things that you hear or things that are read to you.
•Write down key words, ideas, or instructions.
•Draw pictures to help explain new concepts and then explain the pictures.
•Color code things.
•Avoid distractions during study times.
Characteristics of Tactile Learner
- learn by touching and doing
- understand and remember things through physical movement
- "hands-on" learner who prefers to touch, move, build, or draw what you learn
- tend to learn better when some type of physical activity is involved
- need to be active and take frequent breaks
- often speak with your hands and with gestures
- may have difficulty sitting still

As a tactile learner, you like to take things apart and put things together, and you tend to find reasons to tinker or move around when you become bored. You may be very well coordinated and have good athletic ability. You can easily remember things that were done but may have difficulty remembering what you saw or heard in the process. You often communicate by touching, and you appreciate physically expressed forms of encouragement, such as a pat on the back.
Tips for Tactile Learners
•Participate in activities that involve touching, building, moving, or drawing.
•Do lots of hands-on activities like completing art projects, taking walks, or acting out stories.
•It's OK to chew gum, walk around, or rock in a chair while reading or studying.
•Use flashcards and arrange them in groups to show relationships between ideas.
•Trace words with your finger to learn spelling (finger spelling).
•Take frequent breaks during reading or studying periods (frequent, but not long).
•It's OK to tap a pencil, shake your foot, or hold on to something while learning.
•Use a computer to reinforce learning through the sense of touch.
Group Discussion:
Did you learn anything that surprised you?

What kind of changes are you going to make in the way you study and prepare for class?

What kind of changes will you make in the way you take notes?

1. Group by SJ, SP, NT, and NF
2. Elect one person as the recorder
3. Write five or more adjectives to describe your favorite type of teacher/professor
Ideal Teacher
SJ Ideal Teacher: Responsible, In Control, Organized, Prepared, Precise, Dependable, Practical, Dedicated, Experienced, Take Charge, Specific, To the point
SP Ideal Teacher: Unpredictable, Fun!, Sense of Humor, Interesting, On the go, Laid-Back, Entertaining, Flexible, Variety, Patient
NF Ideal Teacher: Open, Outgoing, Honest, Personal, Enabler, Creative, Calm, Understanding, Role Model
NT Ideal Teacher: Logical thinker, Expert, Fair, Clear, Freedom, Respect, Praises Ingenuity, Ingenious, Inventive
Paper Airplane Activity
Movie Theater
How learning styles work in class:
How Learning Styles Work while Studying:
Object Memory Exercise
Tying it all Together - Using Learning Styles
Step 1. Get into Groups
Step 2. Using the learning styles tips and your imaginations, in your group talk about how you would use your learning styles to best handle the following situations:
Group 1 - It's Sunday night and you have a 5 page paper due by Friday.
Group 2 - You have a test three weeks from now in a class you are bored with/struggling in.
Group 3 - Your history professor wants you to memorize dates of events and you're horrible with numbers.
Group 4 - You are taking a required course for your major and it is taught by only one professor. You dislike this professor.
Group 5 - You are taking a business course and you are assigned a group project worth 30% of your grade to build a business.
Step 3. Share with the class what you came up with.
Take the Multiple Intelligences Quiz
Every individual learns and processes new information in various ways and means. The three main cognitive learning style are: visual, auditory and kinesthetic. By knowing the characteristics of each learning style will help you better understand how you learn and what method of learning best fits you. (Google)
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