MODULE 2: MY LEARNING STYLE AND PLANS FOR EFFECTIVE LEARNING

After completing a learning style inventory available online, I was able to confirm for the nth time that “I am a visual and a verbal learner.” The following are my plans that will help me learn more effectively in this course and elsewhere:

  • I will make a general outline about the module/topic and will highlight necessary details using a highlighter.
  • I will read the outline out loud.
  • I put key ideas in Post-it notes and look for shortcuts for each term that needs to be put in memory like different learning styles or the multiple intelligences.
  • I will make a study schedule so that I will accommodate all the tasks like assignments, additional readings that has to be completed.

MODULE 1: THEORIES OF LEARNING

“I learn things by heart, I share it by heart. ”

I did figure out which learning styles work best for me. When I was in college, I was able to utilize many techniques in order for me to have a meaningful study. I wrote down notes, even when this was not required during a lecture. I summarized what I learned into an index card after class. When reviewing, I make sure that distractions were being kept away for optimum concentration. I usually selected a suitable place. I kept valuables in a bag, or far away enough for them not to attract my attention. When no class schedule, I went to library to have further reading about the topic. I consider also myself as a visual learner, which I learn by using sight. I visualized images from the past when trying to remember. I recalled information best through pictures and images. I just loved doing this during exams. I was able to picture out my notes in a certain topic. This applied to my Philippine History subject. One way that was also important for me which gave me a significant contribution during my college level days was the “mastering learning” method. I kept on practicing each topic through lot of exercises concept until I have mastered it, before moving on to the next topic. I kept trying until I did really well. I looked for as many opportunities as possible to practice, like extra problem sets, background reading.

As I have read in an article online http://www.illumine.co.uk/blog/2011/05/why-some-people-learn-faster-than-others/, one reason that other learn better/faster is because of the person’s interest in a certain subject. Being interested in a subject is a key to learning it quickly. This is because the human brain takes in vast amounts of information, but chooses to retain only select parts of it.  We tell our brains what parts to retain by paying much closer attention to those types of information.  Simply having a true interest in a subject and an eagerness to learn about it will cause the learner to pay attention when information is presented.  This in turn will lead to increased learning.

A related key to rapid learning is an excellent memory.  Certainly there is more to learning than mere memorization, but in most domains of knowledge, some facts and figures must be retained before the student can move to the next level, which is developing the ability to think critically about them.  Therefore memory is a necessary prerequisite to the rest of the activities included in the act of learning. Some people seem to be naturally blessed with memories that function better than average from a young age, while others struggle to memorize short pieces of data such as individual entries in the multiplication tables or the spelling of basic non-phonetic words such as ‘eye’.  The reasons for these discrepancies are not fully understood, but one thing is clear from the research, that with conscious effort, even weak memories can be improved.

Brain experts compare the memory faculties of the human mind to a muscle.  While this analogy is not without its flaws, it is instructive in some respects.  Just as a muscle can be strengthened through exercise, the memory can be improved through the regular use of mental exercises.  It becomes easier for students and even adults to learn new information by rote if they have regularly practiced the skill.  As memory faculties improve, individuals will achieve the goal of learning faster, since future tasks will take less effort than previous ones due to the increased strength of the individual’s memory.

Let’s talk more about learning achievementI think I can say that a person is successfully learned when he is able to act and think appropriately in a certain situation. He is able to decide/act in a way that this is beneficial for the common good. He is a person that is able to confidently face all challenges and failures in his life. He is a person of contentment and will be able to use all learned things that he had in all sort of life’s aspects.

According to http://en.wikipedia.org/, academic achievement is the outcome of education — the extent to which a student, teacher or institution has achieved their educational goals while learning achievement, according Nurkencana (1986: 62) suggests that it is the result had been achieved or acquired form of the subject child. It added that learning achievement is the result of which resulted in changes within the individual as a result of activity in learning. After tracing the above description, it is understandable that learning achievement is the result or level of ability that has been achieved by students after attending a teaching-learning process within a certain time in the form of changes in behavior, skills and knowledge and will then be measured and assessed and then realized in numbers or statement.

I’m a future guiding force in a student’s life. I will be responsible for molding a student’s personality and shaping his/her mental orientation. With this I want to be an “Ideal Teacher”. I will respect them at all times. I act as a guide to the students, while not pushing them too much. I motivate them and boosts their morale. I encourage my students and refrain from criticizing them. I want to be a great motivator to my students, if not the best motivator, because this quality is my strength in fulfilling my main goal which is to assist/ guide them in their learning. I want to motivate them so that they will be consistently focus with the lessons that we discuss everyday. I believe that motivation is a great key to learning faster/better. On the other hand, I want to upgrade my creativity when it comes to classroom teaching. I want to research more about making a class discussion more effective and learning more enjoyable. Of course these are basics but I think mastering/improving the basics of teaching will assist me to accomplish my daily goals as a teacher in the classroom. As much as possible, unlimited patience is an attitude for me to master by heart. Yes, it’s easy to say, “I am patient”, but I think this statement should be put and practice by heart and be applied at all times in teaching students. 

Module 0: THE “LEARNING TO LEARN” STRATEGIES

I love this topic and I definitely learned a lot. 

1. Metacognition

I just realized that I am engaged in some metacognitive activities everyday, especially when I started in UP. I learned the following:

First, activities such as planning how to approach a given learning task, monitoring comprehension, and evaluating progress toward the completion of a task are metacognitive in nature. – I came into conclusion that every time I tried to cook a new recipe every Saturday was a metacognitive task. I was able to recognize that some of the tasks that I did in the BPO industry in a correspondence department were absolutely metacognitive. What I only knew that time was what we simply call “processes”.

Second, effective learning is not just a matter of innate intelligence. – Teachers can help young children to develop some of the metacognitive skills/strategies of successful learning. With this, I am able to have the opportunity to learn more about metacognition and I decided that I will be teaching this to my kids as well while I am not yet a practicing teacher outside. This realization made me believe that knowing such strategies would absolutely help my kids to learn more effectively and that this learning will make them successful.

Third, higher level reflection is what we would generally call metacognition – Doing/completing an e-journal enhances my metacognitive skill. I believe that there is a huge benefit of knowing about this skill and its processes.

Fourth, the forum discussion enhances my metacognitive skills and appreciate more the subject. Through the forum I was able to get more ideas and thoughts about the topic. I was able to recognize what skill I was using when I am doing a certain task, I was able to point out the strategies and think of other strategies that can assist me completing a task more efficiently.

Finally, the major purposes of the topic are to help me develop my metacognitive skills and apply the strategies not only in a distance education but in real life situation. I say, without any hesitation, that this topic really helps me a lot. I became more  consciously aware of strategies and how they work, I will not only be able to use these principles to teach others more effectively, but I  will also be able to use them to monitor and improve my own thinking and decisions in my life.

2. Self-regulation

Indeed, a term that has been repeatedly heard in school and after reading all the references that the net provided, I was able to learn more about it. I agree that allowing students to take a more active role in their education puts students in the driver’s seat and in charge. An example that immediately comes to my mind is learning through application. The “Facilitator Style” teaching is also a very good example of utilizing the self-regulation strategies.

Upon knowing that self-regulation skills can be taught, learned, and controlled, I searched more information about it and made a folder for this topic because I plan to use it in my entire study at UP and then apply the skill to my students.  I put into importance some of the self-regulation skills such as goal-setting, self-consequating, time management and organization, study and learning strategies, and test-taking strategies which I plan to read more about every skill and put them into practice. I am really grateful that I enrolled EDS 103, I became more aware/knowledgeable about the ‘learning to learn’ strategies and skills. Having the knowledge on managing one’s own motivation towards learning, being aware of one’s strengths and weaknesses as a learner, such as by developing self-assessment skills, and being able to set and monitor goals assist me in performing tasks more effectively and independently. Lastly, by studying more about self-regulated learning, I can develop more effective strategies in helping my students to develop this important skill.