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Organizational and Learning styles Learning objectives: 1. To understand what the different learning styles are and how they affect researching material 2. To identify my own learning style

Do now ∗ 1. How many four-sided sided 900 figures (squares and rectangles) do you see in the diagram below?

And‌. ∗ 2. How many triangles do you see in the diagram below?

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Learning (thinking styles) A Learning (thinking) style is how you process information most efficiently (and naturally).

LINEAR (Left Brain Dominant)

Linear thinkers prefer a very structured approach when learning and processing information. If a learning process involves progression (Step A, Step B, Step C, etc.) strong linear thinkers will feel more comfortable starting Step B only after Step A has been completed. Mathematics and Accounting are considered linear-oriented subjects.

GLOBAL (NONLINEAR) (Right Brain Dominant)

Global thinkers (or "strategic thinkers") are more comfortable with new information if they can put it into context with the big picture. They also tend to be impatient with linear subjects and linear-oriented instruction - they prefer access to all the information (early on) so they can relate it to their overall goals. Philosophy and English Literature are considered global-oriented subjects.

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Scenarios‌ Scenario

Planning a "Road Trip"

Thinking Style

Linear Thinkers will plan out every detail of the trip (i.e. location of gas stations, roads to travel, items to bring, etc.). Global Thinkers will get in the car and drive.

Linear Thinkers will lay out all the parts (neatly), and read the instructions carefully before starting the assembly. Assembling Furniture, Toys or Electronics

Global Thinkers will look at a picture of the assembled product, and then try to put it together like a jigsaw puzzle (i.e. "this piece looks like it fits here, this piece probably goes over here...").

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Now over to Ms Spicer ∗ She will take you on a whistlestop tour of note-taking skills

Summary – So what type of learner am I? ∗ So based upon the information covered today by myself and Ms Spicer, can you tell what type of learner you are (visual, audio or kinaesthetic? Linear or global? etc) ∗ Write it down ∗ Now go to the following website and see how the results compare:

Organizational and Learning styles  

A look into how we learn and how it impacts on our organizational skills

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