I have discovered that I am very much an all – round learner and do not lean towards one type of learning more than another, though the results of the brain quiz reflected that observational learning is something I find easier.
Though I have previously been aware of this, my attention was further drawn to the fact that I need to work in a quiet environment away from noise or distractions else my concerntation levels become inhibited. Also, in order to learn productivley, organisation plays a big part in my learning. Having un – organised files or pieces of work contributes to a ‘lost’ sensation, in which I become confused and get myself into a pannick. Because I am a learner who works their way through a piece of work in small chunks, unless I organise my files I lose site of the direction my learning is going in.
Currently I do learn within the preffered setting that I have already discussed, on my own in a quiet environment. However sinse coming to university, being motivated to do the work is something that I have found challenging. Though I find it easy to set up the conditions required in order for my learning to flourish, the motivational process to actually getting myself sitting down and concerntrating is something I believe I will need to improve on.
I also find it difficult to learn through discussions without having written material provided. Taking notes in discussions is something I have always found challenging because of the speed at which I take notes. Furthermore I want to be listening to ideas contributed in a seminar, and I can’t always comprehend all that is said as my focuss is diverted to note taking.
Therefore I intend to improve my note taking skills and alter the way I learn within the seminar environment. One method I have tried which seems to now be working effectively is to jot down any key words or phrases that are discussed, but throughout most of the discussion just listen to what is being said. After the session has ended, I have then been meeting with some fellow students to re – address the discussion topics and go back over ideas that have been contributed and making notes without feeling hurried to get them all down at once. When I first tried this method of data organistion I found I was able to make my notes more detailed and thorough, something that will be highly beneficial when I come to revise next year.