Last night I was playing catch up on my blog reading when I came across this post from Lorine over at Olive Tree Genealogy Blog. This post from Midge over at the Granite In My Blood blog discusses Project-based learning versus Problem-based learning, and was the inspiration for Lorine to discover her learning style.
Incidentally, reading Lorine’s post made me realize that for whatever reason I was not subscribed to Midge’s blog – a problem that was immediately remedied. (Sorry, Midge!)
Well, thanks to Midge and Lorine, I had to find out for myself. So I went and took this quiz. Turns out, my learning style is pretty much all over the place. Note the glaring absence of any Body-Kinesthetic learning.
Sadly, my research style is no different. All. Over. The. Place. (but always in a chair!)
So what exactly are my strongest learning styles? Linguistic tops the list at 67%. What does this mean? I learn best from written or spoken words. Okay. I can see that.
The next strongest category is Logical-Mathematical. Essentially, this means I “ask questions, find solutions, and reflect on the problem-solving process.” I guess. I’m not really sure I spend time reflecting on the process … I’m more likely to say “okay, solved that one. Next!”
What surprised me was the 56% in the Interpersonal category. I never considered myself “in tune with the people around me and their motives, emotions, perspectives, and moods.” Never. I mean, I’ve gotten pretty good at telling when my boss is ticked off, but that’s mainly so I can just steer clear.
Midge also discusses “concrete sequential” and “abstract random” learning styles. I’m not sure which of these I am, but I’m going to guess that it’s concrete sequential – or maybe that’s just what I’d like it to be – but it’s probably like everything else: a mix of both.
In any case, thank you Midge and Lorine for guiding me toward this insight. I hope to put this information to good use in helping me study the way my brain wants to, so I can finish my Home Study Course!
Incidentally, this topic goes hand-in-hand with DearMYRTLE’s recent blog post about collaborative learning. Conference planners and speakers may want to start taking a fresh look at their setups with the mindset that everyone learns differently – and plan accordingly.
On a side note – the first thing on MY agenda would be tables in every conference room … but maybe that’s just me (I have a hard time taking notes on my iPad on my lap in a chair squished between two other people who are also trying to take notes). What? It’s still about the learning, right?
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