My Learning Style is Diverging
This was the first time that I had ever taken this sort of questionnaires. I was very interested to see the results of each assessment tool. I thought it was a great idea to have to different assessment tools to serve as a comparison and/or second opinion. I started with the Vark questionnaire online, it was convenient and fast. I didn’t know what to expect from this kind of questionnaire, I was a bit pessimistic. The questionnaire was very brief it included a short set of questions. The results were as follows: Read/Write 11, Kinesthetic 6, Aural 5, and Visual 4. The final results gave recommendations for study strategies for my preference of learning style which was Read/Write. The results were very cut and dry.
The Kolb Learning Style Inventory was in a form of a work-book, which also required 12 questions to answer to determine your learning style. David Kolb believes in one learning cycle; Concrete Experience, Reflective Observation, Abstract Conceptualization and Active Experimentation. Based on my answers I fell into the Concrete Experience mode. I completely agree with the Kolb Learning Style Inventory it was very thorough and offered much more detailed information on each learning style. According to David Kolb, “Effective learning eventually involves all four phases.” We all learn different as well and in time we develop our own preferred learning style. But to be an effective learner I have to learn how to process information in the other styles of learning like Accommodating, Converging, and Assimilating. The results of this assessment tool indicate that my style of leaning style is Divergent. This means that my learning style combines the Concrete Experience and Reflective Observation phase. It suggested that as a Divergent style learner I, “have a broad cultural interest and like to gather information,” which I enjoy doing both. My strengths are creativity and brain-storming.
The Vark assessment didn’t help me in further developing my learning style or other styles. I feel that it’s beneficial to know how one processes information and who to develop one’s learning style. Kolb offered tips on developing all 4 learning styles. I believe this information will help me be successful with my future life-long studies.
I would like to challenge myself to develop other forms of learning. I tend to act on impluse and sometimes doing things without thinking things throug. I would like to learn how to slow down and retionalize before I act.