Who Are You as a Learner?

Discussion in 'Teacher Time Out' started by cutNglue, Oct 4, 2011.

  1. cutNglue

    cutNglue Magnifico

    Sep 4, 2006
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    Oct 4, 2011

    I'm studying for my comprehensive exam for my grad degree. I've been thinking a lot lately about my own study habits and strategies I use in everyday life.

    ~I use lots of lists, tables, self created organizers, comparisons, calculations, etc.
    ~I streamline and reorganize by rewriting notes, etc.
    ~I definitely need lots of chatter to clarify my thinking.
    ~I don't envy people who are kind enough to listen to me. :)
    ~I'm great at looking for key concepts, finding what I need, grabbing the bigger message, etc. It does sometimes lose me on the details though.
    ~I said growing up I would have flunked school if I hadn't been a strong reader since I couldn't hear what went on in class.
    ~I am persistent and stubborn. I will find out what I want to know through multiple sources from informal to formal.
    ~I'm great at making personal connections, assimilating new information through stories and making analogies to process and clarify what I am learning.

    N-O-T My Bag of Tricks
    ~I'm definitely a wordy girl that has to go through lots of weeds to find the gem.
    ~Asking me to cite sources, know dates, etc. is probably not going to come easy for me.
    ~Cram studying is not my thing and often it takes me longer than it should to wade through things in spite of my speed reading, etc.

    Who are YOU as a learner? Does this spill over in your daily life as well? Your teaching?
  3. Ms. I

    Ms. I Maven

    May 13, 2004
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    Oct 4, 2011

    Oh boy, I remember that time! I chose to do the comp exam too as opposed to the project or thesis. We had a term (qtr) to research & type up the answers to 8 essays, then memorize them & on the 1st Sat, we had 4 hrs to type it all out & the 2nd Sat was the last 4 answers, so I had to memorize about 24 pages of typed info. If we didn't pass, we had to wait another yr around. Not to mention I was student teaching a 6th gr class & working a non-education related part time job on evenings & weekends at the time. The only thing we had to look at were the references in APA format that helped us get our research. I typed up everything & put them on 5x7 index cards & just memorized it all.

    WIll your exam go similar to that? Good luck!
  4. Aliceacc

    Aliceacc Multitudinous

    Apr 12, 2006
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    Oct 4, 2011

    I learn best by writing. So, for example, if I need to get directions, I don't necessarily have to read what I've written; simply having written them down is enough.

    I tend to organize info-- the math teacher in me loves well organized information.

    I'm a voracious reader. I learn a lot through my kids' interests, too. So I know a lot more than I used to about whales, bears, helicopters, tanks and WWII.

    As far as technology goes, I learn best by being shown, and taking notes on the process. Then I can refer to my own notes as needed.

    I handle time management well; I'm rarely doing anything at the last minute.

    That said, the vast majority of what I learn these days is informal; I got my Master's in 1984. So most of what I now learn is information I choose to learn, which always makes it a whole lot easier.
  5. JustMe

    JustMe Virtuoso

    Jun 7, 2006
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    Oct 4, 2011

    I need to illustrate just about everything. If you think it can't be, I'll manage. :)

    It drove a couple of my math teachers nuts because they felt it was a waste of my time. Waste if their time, probably. But it was what allowed concepts to click for me.

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