Learning Styles

Coursework One
Skills Audit
Prepare a 2,000 word Skills Audit and Personal profile, identifying areas of
development. List relevant targets and objectives should be set, with an
indicative timeline for achievement. You are only allowed to go above or
below this word count by 10% otherwise marks may be deducted.
Marks will be awarded as follows:


The First Assignment
• The deadline for submission:
– CW1 - 7th November @ 23.55hrs

• How you will submit it
– NO paper copies
– Only via Turnitin
– Only one date, NO late submissions!
• CW1 worth 60%

• You must attempt it otherwise there may be
• I would strongly advise that you all check your
Moodle page to ensure you can see the Turnitin link

That excludes the GEW task of course which needs to be an on going project if you want to be in with any chance of winning that £1000 prize! . Nice Guy! So before you get too stressed about it I will not be setting any big tasks for you to do (unless you want to do them) before the first coursework is due for submission.Mr.

Your Go! .

PENS AWAY • Without writing this down. I will show you some letters that I want you to remember… • See how many you can recall • Ready… .

PENS AWAY aaysa smjptc .

com/watch?v=9CEr2GfGilw .PENS AWAY Video time… http://www.youtube.

Which Way? Anti . meaning) believes appreciates spatial perception knows object function fantasy based presents possibilities impetuous risk taking .e.Clockwise LEFT BRAIN FUNCTIONS uses logic detail oriented facts rule words and language present and past math and science can comprehend knowing acknowledges order/pattern perception knows object name reality based forms strategies practical safe Clockwise RIGHT BRAIN FUNCTIONS uses feeling "big picture" oriented imagination rules symbols and images present and future philosophy & religion can "get it" (i.


PENS AWAY So… how many letters can/did you remember? .

PENS AWAY aaysa smjptc .

like ‘anarchists annoy your sour aunt’ or ‘smart mice jump past the cat’? • Did you use some other strategy? *Assuming you did not cheat… . and memorise the sounds ‘ay-sir’ and ‘smidge-ptk’? • Did you memorise the visual pattern made by the letters? • Did you make a mnemonic.How did you remember them? • Did you make the letters into words.

SOLUTION aaysa smjptc If you read the two groups of letters (starting with the bottom right letter and zig-zagging as you read towards the left) it spells ‘cats pyjamas’ .

meaning. it’s process. we are more likely to learn… • What is the pattern? acegijlnprtvxz .Patterns help us learn • If we understand something. application.

we are more likely to learn… • What is the pattern? acegijlnprtvxz Answer: Every other letter is missed out. application.Patterns help us learn If we understand something. meaning. it’s process. until ‘i’ which is directly followed by j… .

meaning. application. we are more likely to learn… What is the pattern? z l t x z l t x z t x z l t x .Patterns help us learn If we understand something. it’s process.

Patterns help us learn If we understand something. meaning. it’s process. we are more likely to learn… What is the pattern? z l t x z l t x z t x z l t x Answer: The circle is missing in the 3rd occurrence . application.

Patterns help us learn Which of these did you fine easier? Letters or pictures? If you can identify patterns you are able to become a more efficient learner – especially in environments where you often have to piece the pieces together .

youtube.com/watch?v=BLZAlp0if3M .Learning Styles How many of you consider yourselves to be logical thinkers? Try this out to see if you’re right http://www.

it is easier to waste 3 years of your life and learn nothing – You need to be organised.University Learning At university you must understand your learning style because: – You need to identify the gaps in your own knowledge and fill them yourselves – You will have to push yourself harder. you will not be baby-sat through deadlines and assignments – This type of learning is unlike anything else you have done – It may be de-motivating to be in a class where you do not know how to learn . the staff may not force you to learn – You decide if you want to learn.

The environment and circumstances around you are unlikely to change.Learning to learn By understanding our learning styles we can learn to learn. therefore you need to understand how you can make the most of something in order to ensure that you are learning… .

2. 3.Learning Styles Honey & Mumford (1982) developed a selfassessment for learning style… which of the following best suits you: 1. 4. Activist Reflector Theorist Pragmatist .

analyse and interpret lots of 'messy' data they must work in a solitary way (reading and writing alone) statements are ‘theoretical’ . change and variety ‘high visibility’ tasks such as chairing meetings. and may react against. activities where: – – – – – – – – They have a passive role (lectures. – – – – – • Activists learn least from. and tie up loose ends. instructions.an explanation of cause there is considerable repetition (practising the same skill) there are precise instructions with little room for manoeuvre they must be thorough.Activists • Activists learn best from activities in which there are: new experiences and challenges from which to learn short ‘here and now’ tasks involving competitive teamwork and problem-solving excitement. leading discussions and presentations situations in which new ideas can be developed without constraints of policy and structure – opportunities for just ‘having a go’. reading) they are observers They are required to assimilate. .

and may react against. activities where: – – – – – they feel ‘forced’ into the limelight they must act without time for planning they are asked for an instant reaction. by prior agreement.Reflectors • Reflectors learn best from activities where they: are allowed or encouraged to watch / think / ponder on activities have time to think before acting. to assimilate before commenting Can carry out careful. . detailed research have time to review their learning need to produce carefully considered analyses and reports are helped to exchange views with other people without danger. within a structured learning experience – can reach a decision without pressure and tight deadlines. – – – – – – • Reflectors learn least from. or ‘off the cuff’ thoughts They are given insufficient data on which to base a conclusion in the interests of expediency. they have to make short cuts or do a superficial job.

g. activities where they: have no apparent context or purpose have to participate in situations emphasising emotions and feelings are involved in unstructured activities where ambiguity and uncertainty are high are asked to act or decide without a basis in policy. – – – – – . principle or concept are faced with a hotchpotch of alternative or contradictory techniques or methods without exploring any in depth – doubt that the subject matter is methodologically sound – feel out of tune with other participants. • Theorists learn least from. then generalise – they are in structured situations with a clear purpose – they see interesting ideas and concepts. assumptions or logic – they are intellectually stretched. whether or not they are immediately relevant. by being asked to analyse and evaluate. and may react against. e.Theorists • Theorists learn best from activities where: – what is being offered is part of a system. concept or theory – they can explore methodically the associations and interrelationships between ideas. events and situations – they can question and probe the basic methodology. model. for example when they are with lots of activists.

managerial or personal obstacles to implementation there is no apparent reward from the learning activity. and may react against.Pragmatists • Pragmatists learn best from activities where: – there is an obvious link between the subject matter and a ‘real life’ problem – they are shown techniques for doing things with obvious practical advantages – they have the chance to try out and practise techniques with coaching or feedback from a credible expert – they see a model they can emulate. • Pragmatists learn least from. such as drawing up action plans or giving tips to others. activities where: – – – – – – the learning is not related to an immediate need they recognise organisers of the learning seem distant from reality there are no clear guidelines they feel people are going round in circles rather than getting to the point there are political. or examples / anecdotes – they are given techniques currently applicable to their own work – they are given immediate opportunities to implement what they have learned – they can concentrate on practical issues. for example higher grades! . organisational.


Pragmatist . Theorist 4.Learning Styles 1. Reflector 3. Activist 2.

Learning Styles There are a wide range of additional learning styles and tests you can take. I like to think many of you came to University to learn… In order to do that you need to really understand how you learn. and how you can build the bridges from lectures to learning – this is why you have 4 hours per week per module of self study… If you do not do that… well it is your choice (but don’t expect results) .

Learning Styles • Learning is not limited to education… • What informal learning might you experience when running a business? .

so that you can learn in other ways.Learning Styles Once you know your own natural learning preference. And. not just those who use your preferred style. you can learn to create an environment in which everyone can learn from you. . not just in your preferred style. by understanding learning styles. you can work on expanding the way you learn.

ncsu.Index of Learning Styles HOMEWORK Complete the 2 minute test… • http://www.edu/learningstyles/ilsweb.engr.phpl .

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If your score on a scale is 9-11. you have a very strong preference for one dimension of the scale. . If your score on a scale is 5-7. you are fairly well balanced on the two dimensions of that scale. you have a moderate preference for one dimension of the scale and will learn more easily in a teaching environment which favors that dimension. You may have real difficulty learning in an environment which does not support that preference.Index of Learning Styles If your score on a scale is 1-3.

edu/learningstyles/ilsweb.phpl • Use this page to understand the outcomes.Index of Learning Styles • Complete the 2 minute test… • http://www.htm • Prove you did the work in the module forum . • http://www4.ncsu.engr.edu/unity/lockers/users/f/felder/public/ILSdir/styles..ncsu..

I mean it can’t all be work. work.Next Lecture DO NOT be tempted not to turn up for our next lecture simply because you have an assignment to complete and submit the next day and you really could do with the time. not too mention our hectic social lives. work. because it takes you ten minutes to get out of bed and 20 minutes each way to get to uni so by not attending you will save yourself or even find an additional 50 minutes on top of the two hours the lecture will take. right? WRONG! . So I will get up extra early and use this newly found 2 hrs 50 minutes to really get to grips with the task and do the best I possibly can because I really want a first class honours degree and this is the best way I can think of to go about getting one! After all I’m paying for this so they really should set time frames that are more sensible and take into account our busy work schedule from all our other lectures and coursework assignments for them too.