Knowledge is an unlimited valuable and being an important part of our life, therefore, we are always being a learner from the child to the elder. In order to balance your weaknesses when performing a work, it is helpful to develop your own strategies. Learning styles are defined as a type of preference for the way you learn and remember new information (Wyman, 2012). So, how to be an effectively learning style to expand our knowledge and techniques? Learning style preferences in accordance with personality types can help educators plan for activities that take advantage of their natural skills and inclinations (Sims & Sims, 1995). It is important that how we can use our own preferences and personality to be transferable skills in job performance.
There are tests to use for knowing our personality and preferred learning styles as the role of a learner, which are VARK questionnaires, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Honey & Mumford Learning Styles Questionnaire. The result of tests can use to assist my career choice and the method to be learn which is suitable my personality.
1.1 Who am I as a learner?
What is “learning”? Learning is such a common human experience that people rarely reflect on exactly what it means to say that something has been learned. It is an enduring change in the mechanisms of behaviour involving specific stimuli and responses that results from prior experience with those or similar stimuli and responses (Domjan, 2009).
1.2 Implication for your learning
1.2.1 The VARK questionnaire
The VARK test asks a series of questions to assist people with determining their preferred mode or modes of receiving and exchanging information in the context of learning. It allows the respondent to identify her dominant mode of learning (Hendricks, 2011). There are four types of learning style which are Visual, Auditory, Read/Write and Kinesthetic.
A typical visual learner uses visualization techniques to remember things. Visual learners typically use sight words in their everyday terminology. They have a good sense of direction because they visualize maps and directions in their mind. (Kelly, 2012).
Auditory learners learn best by listening and talking aloud. They are good at remembering things that they hear. They are also good with words and language, they prefer to read to themselves as they study. They are also often distracted by noise and sounds (Kelly, 2012).
This preference is for information displayed as words. This preference emphasizes text-based input and output, such as manuals, reports, essays and assignments. People who prefer this modality are often addicted to PowerPoint, the Internet, lists, diaries, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations and words (Fleming & Mills, 1992).
Kinesthetic learners typically learn best by doing. They are naturally good at physical activities that are hands-on methods to learn. They typically like how-to guides and action-adventure stories. They might pace while on the phone or take breaks from studying to get up and move around. (Kelly, 2012).
My VARK Questionnaire Results (Appendix A):
| Visual| Auditory| Read/Write| Kinesthetic|
Score| 8| 7| 8| 9|
The result shows that my studying style belongs to multi-model, the scores distribute in average, it is my expected result because I have been practiced it in my life at the present. For being a student, I understand the difficult theories after reading the relevant cases study, it seems being more tangible and authentic for me to learn it easily since it did not happened in my life, for example, field trip can help strengthen key concepts rather than sitting in classroom. For being a worker, I would like to perform at least once time to remember how to do it well, it is easier for me to memorize it. In order to reinforce my memory and retention from the experience of the exercise, it will be...