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Chapter 4. Learning about Your Learning ... > To involve all the learning modes:

To involve all the learning modes:

  1. When listening to lectures, examine any and all visual aids. Take notes and draw diagrams of what you hear. Ask questions and join in discussions. Volunteer to participate in demonstrations or activities. Work the problems along with the math instructor. Use color in your notes to emphasize important points. Recite key points from the class to yourself on the way home. Try anything that will turn a passive “sit and listen” situation into a multitrack learning experience.

  2. When reading textbooks or manuals, highlight important information. Make notes in the margin. Read especially difficult material out loud. Draw diagrams of the new information. Get up and move around occasionally, reciting key points from what you’ve just read. Write out important points in your notebook. If you can try out the information immediately, do so; this is especially effective when reading a manual for a computer or tool—read and do, do and read. Explain what you have read to anyone who will listen. If possible, teach someone else what you have learned.

  3. When learning a new job or task, watch a demonstration carefully. Ask questions. Ask to try the task yourself. Picture yourself performing the new task perfectly. Ask an expert to observe and critique you. Dig in and try; mistakes are part of learning. If mistakes would be too costly, imitate the process in some less risky way. (Mistakes with a sky diving computer simulator are OK, mistakes while sky diving are not.) Practice. Then practice some more.


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