Time Management and Learning Styles
In a society where life seems to be a race against time for many, time is precious. Going to nursing school has allowed me to explore the nurse’s role. Consequently, I think of time management more than ever. There is no doubt that managing time wisely is fundamental when caring for multiple patients. However, efficient time distribution is important in all aspects. As a married, full-time college student who works part-time, I know that taking care of school, job, family, and housework as well as getting appropriate rest, nutrition, and having some leisure time seems too much to fit in 24 hours. This assignment has shed some light on my learning styles, benefits and challenges of online education, and time management. I have been able to explore strategies and elaborate an action plan to overcome my personal difficulties.
School work is where I currently spend most of my time. Any suggestions that allow me to learn smarter are welcome. Taking a quiz to discover my learning style, its weaknesses and strengths has been a great tool. According to its results, I am quite balanced between sensing and intuitive styles, visual and verbal, and sequential and global. On the other hand, it seems I tend to be a reflective learner over an active learner. Sometimes I learn better by taking action or applying and explaining concepts to others. However, I acknowledge I have predominantly learned using reflective style traits such as thinking through before acting, reading carefully, and memorizing several concepts (Felder & Soloman, n.d., “Active and Reflective learners”).
This information makes me wonder if these tendencies may be compatible with online learning. In response to this, Mupinga, Nora and Yaw (2006) explained that online students’ learning styles are diverse, thus online activities should be presented to address all these styles (p.188).
Nonetheless, online learning has benefits and challenges. This has been reinforced by exploring information from several sources. Mupinga et.al (2006) explained how the majority of students who engage in online learning are attracted by its convenience, flexibility, and availability (p.185). Unlike traditional classroom education, information can be accessed anytime from anywhere which should allow students to organize activities better by making their own schedules. During my traditional college education, I have used a computerized learning support system called Canvas. Therefore, I was aware of these benefits; using this system has shown me the advantages of having online access to lectures and other informative materials.
The challenges of online learning are what intrigue me the most. I was aware of how, with this system, feedback is not immediate and the interaction among professor and students varies. In contrast, I was unaware of the extent of these and other challenges. Whitehead (2006) stated that online learning lacks “camaraderie that may help boost enthusiasm and...