Self-Awareness Essay Directions
Once you have completed allsix (6)self-assessments, write a reflectionessaythat includes:
1. A summary of your results for ALL eight (8)of the self-assessments (e.g., Myers-BriggsType Indicator, Learning Style, Listening), not just one of two of the assessments.
➢ To summarize means to provide a brief overview of the information
2. An evaluation ofwhat the results mean for you 1)as a student and 2) as a future business person/employee(I’m going for critical thinking here). For example, askyourself:
a. How can knowing your learning style, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), listening skills, etc. benefit you personally and professionally?
b. How can knowing your learning style, MBTI, listening skills, etc. be helpful in your interactions with others?
c. How do you think knowing your learning style, MBTI, listening skills, etc. help you in your studies, lectures, meetings?
➢ To evaluate means to appraise/explain the value of information
3. Format requirements include:
a. Page length is determined by how many pages you need to completely summarize and evaluate your self-assessment results and reflections.
b. Format includes1-inch margins, double-space lines, 12-point font (Arial and Times New Roman are the common business fonts)
Onne of the tests
✓ To learn about learning styles
✓ To understand the differences between auditory, visual and kinesthetic learners
✓ To identify your own learning style
If someone asked you what your learning style is, would you know?If not, you’re certainly not alone. Many people are unaware that there is such a thing as a learning style, but the concept has been used in public school classrooms for many years now.
Simply put, your learning style is the way you prefer to learn. Some people learn better in a lecture environment, some by reviewing pictures and diagrams, others by working with their hands. Learning style discoveries have been helpful for students who’ve had difficulty in traditional environments and can help other kinds of students get better grades and even improve communication skills.You might be surprised when you find out what your learning style really is because it isn’t always obvious.
There are three basic types of learning styles (although Fleming suggests four styles – see Self-Assessment Folder – Gardnersuggests eight). The three most common are visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. To learn, we depend on our senses to process the information around us. Most people tend to use one of their senses more than the others. Today’s lesson will help you determine which of these learning styles you rely on the most.
TheSelf-Assessment Folder contains anInventory (questionnaire)with 24 questions that are related to the three main learning styles.Print out the Inventory and Scoring Sheet.Read each question and select and record the answer that closest fits your answer. Don’t think about the questions too much. Go with your first choice.After you finish answeringthequestions, write your answers on the Inventory Scoring Sheet to determine your style(s).
Sometimes people have two or three styles that have about the same number of answer choices – and that’s okay because some people depend on two or more types of learning styles (called bi–modal or tri–modal). It is not unusual to use different learning styles for different tasks. That’s why people can respond so differently to the same thing.
NOTE: Keep these documents as you will have assignment(s)on learning styles during Week 1 and may need to refer back to your learning style.
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Three Different Learning Styles
Visual Learners: learn by seeing and looking
• take numerous detailed notes
• tend to sit in the front
• are usually neat and clean
• often close their eyes to visualize or remember something
• find something to watch if they are bored
• like to see what they are learning
• benefit from illustrations and presentations that use color
• are attracted to written or spoken language rich in imagery
• prefer stimuli to be isolated from auditory and kinesthetic distraction
• find passive surroundings ideal
Auditory Learners: learn by hearing and listening
• sit where they can hear but needn’t pay attention to what is happening in front
• may not coordinate colors or clothes, but can explain why they are wearing what they are wearing and why
• hum or talk to themselves or others when bored
• acquire knowledge by reading aloud
• remember by verbalizing lessons to themselves (if they don’t they have difficulty reading maps or diagrams or handling conceptual assignments like mathematics).
Kinesthetic Learners: learn by touching and doing
• need to be active and take frequent breaks
• speak with their hands and with gestures
• remember what was done, but have difficulty recalling what was said or seen
• find reasons to tinker or move when bored
• rely on what they can directly experience or perform
• activities such as cooking, construction, engineering and art help them perceive and learn
• enjoy field trips and tasks that involve manipulating materials
• sit near the door or someplace else where they can easily get up and move around
• are uncomfortable in classrooms where they lack opportunities for hands-on experience
• communicate by touching and appreciate physically expressed encouragement, such as a pat on the back
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Understanding and Identifying
Auditory, Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Styles
Identify sounds related to an experience
Have a sharp, clear picture of an experience
Develop a strong feeling towards an experience
I hear you clearly.
I want you to listen …
This sounds good.
Do you make picturesin your head?
Do you have visual images in your head as you are talking and listening to me?
Can you see what I am saying?
Do you feel what you are saying?
Are you in touch with what I am saying?
How do you hear this situation going?
What do you hear that is stopping you?
How do you see the situation?
What do you seestopping you?
This looks good.
Do you see what I am showing you?
How do you feel about this situation?
I’m getting a handle on this material.
Let’s move together.
Does what I am putting you in touch with feelright?
Tinkling, silent, squeal,blast, screaming,choking, lecture
Color, clear, spiral,showed, vivid, notice, fantasies
Felt, sensations, feel,pain, body, touch
Auditories complainthat kinesthetics don’t listen.
Visuals complain that auditories don’t pay attention to them because visuals don’t make eye contact.
Kinesthetics complainthat auditory and visual people are insensitive.
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