Personal Learning Styles
The focus of the essay is to analyze particular learning styles following a personal assessment, and to compare those results with how I personally view myself as a learner. For this assignment I chose Felder & Solomon’s test of learning styles (Felder & Soloman, n.d.). I am a sociology major. I am seeking my degree because of my ongoing interest in societal structures, how they operate, and the problems within socially constructed systems.
The Felder & Soloman styles of learning are described as eight different variations of types of learners. They are as follows: active and reflective, visual and verbal, sequential and global, and sensing and intuitive. Following a series of questions regarding the learner’s personal study preferences, the assessment determines which of each dimension the individual learns towards. The degrees are marked on a scale of odd numbers from one to eleven on each side of style counterparts. For example, on one side is visual from one to eleven, and the other is verbal from one to eleven, with between ones meaning balanced equally both styles. The further towards one side, the stronger the preference is to the learner. However, this is not a definitive guide to someone. The individual assessed is reminded that, “The ILS results provide an indication of an individual's learning preferences and an even better indication of the preference profile of a group of students (e.g. a class), but they should not be over-interpreted. If someone does not agree with the ILS assessment of his or her preferences, trust that individual's judgment over the instrument results.” (Felder & Soloman, n.d., 2)
For my results, it was indicated that I am strongly a reflective learner, moderately an intuitive learner, moderately a visual learner, and fairly a sequential learner. The indication of a reflective learner, is that I prefer to ponder what I am studying for some time before practically putting it into use, or attempting to apply or teach others to understand it. An active learner, on the other hand, prefers to jump into the newly learned material, and finds it helpful to interact with others to ensure comprehension of the material. A good example of the difference between these two is that reflective learners prefer to work alone and active learners prefer group work. (Felder & Soloman, n.d.) While I sometimes want to immediately start interaction with fresh material, I agree with my results as majority of the time my reluctance is because I wish to ensure I understand the task at hand before attempting it. I keep in mind as well though that most people fluctuate between types, with styles changing possibly between even days.
My second type, showing I am moderately an intuitive learner, is a result with which I concur almost entirely, the only issue being I am not comfortable with mathematical formulations. “Sensing learners tend to like learning facts, intuitive learners often prefer discovering...