On Tuesday, our 6th grade students will take a Learning Styles assessment to see what type of learner they are. Career Cruising, a web-based career exploration site, uses three major types.
All 7th and 8th grade students should have already taken this assessment in previous years. But if your student hasn’t, I’ll catch them up when I’m teaching the Career Lessons in their classes this month.
You can see a brief description of each type below. GOC is so unique and adaptable for students with each learning style. Here are some helpful suggestions to get the most from our learning environment.
As an auditory learner, you learn best when you can hear the information such as teacher lectures and classroom discussions. You understand and remember things better if you hear them. You may understand better when you read out loud to yourself. Here are some things you can do to help you learn:
- After reading something, make a summary and say it out loud
- Use the audio function in D2L on available lessons
- Watch recordings of Learning Lab sessions (even if you were present)
- Try talking to yourself when problem solving
- You may find written assignments easier if you talk it out as you write
- Noises may be distracting to you so study in a quiet place
Since you learn best when you can hear the information, look for ways to make the information auditory by reading out loud, listening to recordings, or having people read to you. You may find it helpful to have a study partner who can ask you questions out loud.
As a visual learner, you learn best when information is presented in written form or visually through diagrams or pictures. You prefer to read rather than listen to a lecture. Here are some things you can do to help you learn:
- Use diagrams, images and pictures
- Create flash cards to study from
- Take notes or write down key words and concepts as you read lessons
- Highlight or underline important information in your notes
- Make outlines of the material that shows how the ideas and concepts are related
- Try to visualize the material as you hear it spoken
Since you learn best when the information is presented visually, GOC D2l lessons fit you perfectly. You can also make information visual by taking notes and outlines or drawing diagrams and charts.
As a tactile learner, you learn best from hands-on experience where you can manipulate something in order to learn about it. The more you are able to touch and manipulate the information the easier it will be for you to learn. You learn by doing so you tend to learn better when some type of physical activity is involved. Here are some things you can do to help you learn:
- Think through a problem while doing something physical like shooting a basketball, walking, or sitting on a yoga ball
- Make diagrams, notes, and flash cards as a way of being physical with the information
- Participate in Learning Labs on campus and Rich Experiences
- Vary your study location during the day
- Rewrite your notes or type them on the computer
- Actively work the information you are learning by making models or doing demonstrations and practice assignments
- Use role playing to practice skills or act out what you are learning
- Take short breaks for physical activity when studying
Since you learn best by doing, look for ways to be active with the information you are trying to learn by using the information in some way to incorporate movement. You may find it helpful to act out material with a study partner, go on field trips or visit museums and science centers. And definitely come to Learning Labs!
You and your student can logon to your student’s account and learn more about their learning style and career interest. In general, the login info is Username: gc-student ID; Password: S6-digit DOB (ex. if you were born February 9th in 1998 you would put S020998 as your password).
The Career Cruising site is packed with tons of information about careers. We’ll do various activities in class, but students are also encouraged to explore on their own
Career Cruising also has a helpful video for parents on how students and parents can use the site:
Have an awesome weekend!