2.2 Thinking about your own learning style
We all learn in different ways. Understanding these different ways, and your preferred learning style, means that you can adapt how you study to make your studies more effective and efficient.
It is worth spending some time to identify both your strengths in studying and what you find difficult. Being aware of what you’re good at and where you need to develop your skills will help you to improve your performance as a student and are transferable to the workplace.
Research suggests that we each tend to adopt a particular approach or style when we study. There are a range of learning styles theories; one theory (Honey and Mumford, 1982) identifies you as an activist, reflector, theorist or pragmatist (or more than one of these):
If you have no strong preference for a particular learning style, this is not a bad thing, because you will probably be able to adapt to most learning situations. If you prefer just one or two styles, then remember that there are a number of ways to approach the various aspects of your study.
Activity 1: Planning your studies
Take a few moments and reflect on what you have read about time management and learning styles. Make a few notes in the space below about how you will plan your studies and set time aside to complete the activities. Think also about how you will organise and keep any notes.
Take a few moments to reflect on Honey and Mumford’s four learning styles, listed above. Does one of the styles or a combination of styles reflect your own approach? Think about how this may support or impact on your studies.