This article will give a vivid picture of the top three learning styles I practice. It will give examples of ways that exercise the use of these styles, as well as, areas of improvement within each style that has been recognized in order to successfully put these styles to use. Also discussed in this article are my time management and study skills. I will explain several ways in which I will improve these skills in order to make better use of my time and study habits. It is very important to develop awareness of your strengths and weakness in order to grow. I will identify these characteristics and lists ways I will strengthen my weaknesses and enhance my strengths.
The most popular learning style that I am comfortable with is the Interpersonal style. The Interpersonal learning style is used when you study with a group of people. I have a tendency to comprehend better when I can have a discussion on the subject in which I am studying. When you have more than one person giving their opinions and explanations of the topic in hand, you can take notes from each point of view and prepare your study guide. I enjoy listening to others and taking notes based on their outlook. I also feel it is important to ask questions and write down resources where people have found their information. Once I have obtained the information I feel is most important, I will go back and pull out the most important details that I think will be the most beneficial information and make myself study notes that will be easy to understand when studying alone.
Once I have met with a study group, I will resort to my next step to learning by using the Intrapersonal style. Although I may get the most out of a study group, I feel it is important to find some alone time so I can sit down and fully digest all the information that others have given to me. I like to allow myself time to review all the information I have obtained. Then I can allow myself to fully absorb and form my own concept of what it is that I need to learn and know in order to succeed in the subject. Also, during my intrapersonal time I will have mental discussions of my own so I can form an overview of the all the information and pick and choose the areas I need to study the most. Once I feel I have fully grasp the concept of the subject, I will reinforce what I have learned by teaching it to someone else. Verbal-Linguistic
My third learning style that is probably the most important style I use is Verbal-Linguistic. Once I have met with a group and studied the notes I collected, I like to teach what I have learned to someone else. I believe that once you are confident enough that you know and understand information enough to teach someone else, then you have fully grasped the concept of the matter. I get excited when I know enough about a topic to share it with others. I like to include others in what I am doing so they can be a part of it with me. Plus, once I have taught them what I know, we create our own discussion which merely enhances my knowledge of the issue. After I am able to carry on a discussion with someone outside of my original study group and know that they understand what I am doing, it is then that I know I have researched, gathered, and learned what I need to know successfully.
There are areas of improvement within each one of my study skills. However, the most important one is procrastination. I tend to procrastinate within working toward accomplishing a task. At times, the task will be completely correct; others will be done half way, and a lot of times I just don’t do it at all. Nonetheless, I will have to work on managing my time better in the future so I can be confident enough about my self to know I have the ability of following through with anything I set my mind to beginning. The key to my personal success is confidence in my self and managing my time correctly.
When you are trying to achieve goals, the most important skills to have are Time Management skills. Without good management of your time, it will be hard to stay focused and complete tasks needed to achieve your goals. Time management is an area I am currently very unskillful in. I can be a bit of a procrastinator at times, and at others I just simply fail to set my goals reasonable and prioritize accurately to where they can be achieved. Once I recognize my priorities and write them down on paper so I can see and focus on them, then I can use them to work toward accomplishing my goals. However, no matter how many goals I set, or how many priorities I have, or what kind of schedule I make for myself, I will never be able to accomplish or follow through with any of them until I practice good time management skills.
There are many different learning styles and there is no one “best” way to learn, generally speaking. However, personally the three styles I have discussed are the ways I learn best. Even though there has not been a declaration of any particular style being the “best” style, the ones that work for me are Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, and Verbal-Linguistic styles. I am sure that I could find times that I may practice other learning styles, but that doesn’t mean that those styles play an important role in how I learn. Some people are mathematically inclined, or made be best suited using Visual-Spatial skills, or they maybe naturalistic. Our world is made up of a variety of people; therefore, we are given a variety of learning styles to choose from. This is why it is important that I know which styles work for me.
After taking the Gen101 class, I have learned a lot about my self. Most of all, I have learned that I can do anything and accomplish everything as long as I have to proper tools. The tools I have been given in this class are not materialized tools, but educational tools. I have learned the importance of making time for myself through a schedule and sticking to that schedule. I will be able to work through my weakness of procrastinating and build a strong foundation for my learning through proper time management.
 Reference: This statement was taken from Keys to College Studying: Becoming a Lifelong Learner, Chapter 2, Learning Styles and Self-Awareness, pg. 26.