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3 Learning to learn

3.1 Learning styles

Not everyone learns in the same way. We have all had different experiences of learning – whether these were at school, college or elsewhere. To find out a bit more about what kind of learner you are, you might like to try this Learning Styles Questionnaire [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

Now read the document below about learning styles. If you want to, this would be a good opportunity to practise making notes (either on your computer or on paper). Remember you can write linear notes or try using the mindmap or spray diagram method.

Click on the link below to read Jon Rosewell on 'Learning styles'.

Activity 5 (exploratory)

Make some notes about your own learning style. Are there types of learning that you think you will need to improve to help you in studying this course?


When I did the Learning styles questionnaire I scored highest on on Reflector and Theorist, slightly lower on Pragmatist and lowest on Activist. I would note this and perhaps return to the questionnaire later to see if there were any changes. Mulling over the implications of these scores (which agree with what I thought I would get) I would also note that deadlines might cause me some problems. I might have a tendency to spend too long thinking what to write for a tutor marked assignment, rather than getting on with it. So that would be an area to focus on.

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