Do You Know Your Learning Style?
“LEARNING IS NOT ATTAINED BY CHANCE, IT MUST BE SOUGHT FOR WITH ARDOR AND ATTENDED TO WITH DILIGENCE.” ―ABIGAIL ADAMS
Learning can be fun...if you know who you are! Today, I thought it would be a good idea for us to delve into our learning patterns. The other day...I was working on a client project that was referring to gamification of education. This one activity is geared toward making learning...FUN!!! All systems evolve with time...and fortunately there is a fun way to learn what felt like abstraction years ago. If you're learning a language...there's an app for that. If you're learning a science...there's an app for that. If you're wanting to track your health...you guessed it...there's an app for that!!
As modern learners there are ways to make the learning process fun. Whether you're a YouTuber wanting to learn how to improve your delivery to your subscribers, or a stay at home mom wanting to ensure she has a great dinner or an organized home, or a student wanting to stay motivated through your academic journey...there are lots ways to identify what will work best for you as a learner. There are always concepts that we won't know...and regardless of whether we are in school or not...we will still need to access information that will help us with our progression.
Our minds are multi-dimensional. A general overview of the brain will divide it into two main hemispheres - the left hemisphere and the right hemisphere. If you're a logical thinker, you are predominantly left-brained. If you find yourself more intuitive and creative - you are predominantly right-brained. The majority of individuals are hybrid of both. Depending on your profession, one hemisphere will dominate.
Let us start with the right-brained individuals. In the image above, is the learning styles model, developed in 1984 by David Kolb. Persons who are predominantly right-brained fall into two main categories. These are the diverging and assimilating learning styles. You can take your time and read through the characteristics of these individuals and identify which classification contains your dominant traits. In group settings diverging individuals will be the ones who predominantly generate ideas if there's a task set for the group. The assimilators are able to take those visualized ideas and create a plan for execution. Right-brainers are good project starters.
On the left side of the model, we have the accommodating and converging learning styles. This learning style is slightly less creative but more action oriented, and will take the ideas of the right-brainers and bring them to fruition. The two learning styles complement each other. In a project based setting, right-brainers usually will start a project and the left-brainers will finish it. Interestingly, in relationships you'll find that one partner will be more right-brained and the other predominantly left-brained. This just goes to show how balanced nature is. One partner will be the one who dreams of adventures and trips and romantic weekends, while the other will be the one who plans and pushes to make it happen. Together...they make a great team!
The key to learning and all team based activity, is identifying your classification. Once you know who you are as an individual, it will be easy to get along with your professional and personal cohort. In my MBA program...my group and I actually bonded in this way. Once we knew who in the team was a right-brainer...we'd let them generate the ideas, and the left- brainers would be the closers of the project and the ones who'd ultimately present to the clients. It was the perfect synergistic fusion. Next time you plan your projects...take the time to really learn the nature of your team...and you'll surprise yourself, how well you all get along as the project progresses. The key...is to know who you are dealing with.
Leaders are Readers: What's on my reading list for the week?
I'm challenging myself to one book per week. As mentioned to you wonderful folks, I am a Chemical Engineer with entrepreneurial interests. You simply have to own who you are. It's a life lesson I've learned to appreciate.
The Desiderata quotes: " Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. "
I have lots of books in soft copy that I'd downloaded from the Knovel Library as a student. Additionally, I have a few hardcover books that I'd inherited from an industrial consultant, when I was at the refinery. I kept the books out of sentiment. This week's book, which has lots of meaning to me...is the Basic Principles and Calculations in Chemical Engineering by Himmelbau and Riggs.
I'd mentioned before that I'm currently priming my brain to return to school. I have client project working on...so I underachieve by spending about two hours a day reading through the content, and working through the examples in this book. Once I have completed this activity, I take two hours to watch educational videos from the companies that I follow. My exposure is broad, so I take the time to watch videos from entities such as the Cleveland Clinic, and also on the Energy Sphere, take the time to follow the works of SpaceX and Tesla.
What are you doing this week to ensure that you're building towards your dreams? Are you watching lectures or webinars on your field's activities? They say that 20 hours of learning time per week is key to progress in your area. Are you reading journal articles in order to ensure that you're staying abreast of your field? Are you collaborating with others in the field and expanding your reach? This is a group effort...and I hope my actions and sharing helped you today! Happy learning and growing!!!