Essay about My Personal Learning Style

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My Personal Learning Style

Wow! I have a personal learning style! If I had given any thought to my learning style prior to this course, I would have said simply, “Some things are easy for me to learn, and some things are not.” Now I can say, “I am a grouper, a top-down learner, an owl, in the C-D quadrants, and my strong intelligences are linguistic, intrapersonal, and interpersonal”. What all this means, still, is some things are easy for me to learn, and some things are not. But there I go again, simplifying the matter.
My learning experience throughout grade school was cast in the Traditional method, employing rote, reward-and-punishment, and repetition, repetition, repetition. It was a one-size-fits-all approach, intended to instill
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As a child, I would go to bed with a flashlight, so I could read under the covers without being discovered by my father, who with great exasperation would declare, “You are turning night into day.” I am an “owl” not a “lark.” Unfortunately for me, school started at 8:00 AM, whether I was ready for it or not.
Secondly, some of us prefer to start with minute details and study from the bottom up, accruing information and data systematically, and building to a mastery of the topic. These people are considered “stringers.” A “grouper” like me prefers less structure, a more free-formed, big-picture approach that allows divergence and eclectic side trips leading to a general understanding of the subject.
The third element has to do with the four quadrants of the brain that dictate our preferences for dealing with facts or emotions, learning independently or with a group, and using logic or creativity. Ned Herrmann, who wrote The Creative Brain, has pioneered study in this area. Herrmann associates these 4 quadrants with the following characteristics:
     Style A: Logic, rationality, clarity, precision, efficiency, complex to simple
     Style B: Sequential, detailed, orderly, with a reliance on what works
     Style C: Sensitivity to moods, feelings, intuition, with an interest in people
     Style D: Originality, ambiguity, surprise, metaphor, chaos,

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