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Learning Styles. Jenny Zimmerman Assistant Director Academic Resource Center Mercer University http://faculty.mercer.edu. Awareness. Differences – recognize multiple pathways for learning Tell-tale Traits – name your style and your professor’s Questionnaires –explore own style

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Learning styles

Learning Styles

Jenny ZimmermanAssistant DirectorAcademic Resource CenterMercer Universityhttp://faculty.mercer.edu


Awareness

Awareness

  • Differences – recognize multiple pathways for learning

  • Tell-tale Traits – name your style and your professor’s

  • Questionnaires –explore own style

  • Profiles – identify prevalent styles in academia

  • Comfort Zones – break out of self-limiting roles

  • New Competencies – cultivate early success

  • Untapped Potential – change habits


Differences

Differences

You and your fellow students may learn and/or present what you know via “competing” channels or methods

  • Visual, auditory, read/write, kinesthetic

  • Active vs reflective

  • Sensing vs intuitive

  • Inductive vs deductive

  • Global vs sequential


Tell tale traits

Tell-tale Traits

  • Fidgeting - Kinesthetic

  • Copious note taking – Read/write

  • Blank lecture notes – Auditory

  • Non-stop monologue – Kinesthetic

  • Question and answer – Auditory

  • Doodling with colored pens – Visual

  • Tabbed textbook – Read/write

  • Successful in lab – Kinesthetic or inductive

  • Sudden flashes of understanding – Global


Questionnaires

Questionnaires

  • VARK

  • Solomon and FelderIndex of Learning Styles

  • Gardner's Multiple Intelligences Survey

  • Keirsey Temperment Sorter


Profile

Profile

Model Academic (Professor)

Teaching or presentation style:

  • Read/write

  • Passive

  • Intuitive (abstract)

  • Deductive

  • Sequential


Profile1

Profile

Developing Academic (Student)

Learning style:

  • Kinesthetic

  • Active

  • Sensing

  • Inductive

  • Needing an over-arching goal or reason for learning (global motivation in place of or together with global understanding)


New competencies

New Competencies

  • You may never have had the opportunity to excel in college using “natural” learning style

  • Start building toward success by focusing on strategies that dovetail with learning style

  • Correlate learning styles with teaching and testing styles and consider how this might affect class performance


Untapped potential

Untapped Potential

  • Subject mastery almost always enhanced when learner exercises multiple channels and/or learning methods

  • Efficiency/comprehension trade-offs involved in choosing to adapt content to individual learning style versus developing new learning styles – e.g. audio taping lectures versus learning how to write and review lecture notes


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