Monthly Archives: October 2012

Elevator Pitch

Learning 101 Series: Preparing for Test Taking

Yesterday I attended a workshop provided by the learning center on test taking tips. The learning center has many sources and services that are useful for students of all types, such as tutors, workshops such as the one I took, and many more. There are many Learning 101 sessions for all different kinds of things students struggle with including test taking, note taking, time management, and learning styles. I may decide to utilize more of these in the future.

The session I attended covered a lot of the topics we discussed in our class period about test taking. We broke into groups and discussed our studying habits and then went over which study habits are the best for each type of learner, visual, read/write, kinetic, and auditory. We went over test preparation techniques, general test taking tips and strategies, objective test strategies, essay test strategies, guessing strategies, and test anxiety.

I feel like I am not a bad test taker and I generally have done pretty well on most of my tests, but anything can help. I think  the biggest problem I have when it comes to tests is the preparation. I tend to slack on the preparation thinking I’ve absorbed most of it and don’t need to study, which was the case in high school, but not so much this year. I think I have been forced to improve my study skills this year, but I have been managing pretty well so far. I also have the problem of cramming the night before. I think I have actually mastered this skill and am really good at memorizing information but then I lose it the next day and done retain it or learn the material. I learned that in the long run cramming is a waste of time because I will just have to relearn it later for finals or other assignments. It is also more work because it takes longer to learn and absorb information under pressure the night before the test.

A few strategies I learned to help with my study habits and that I plan to utilize on future test are to review my notes periodically. After class I plan to review the material and summarize the major points. I will also do this weekly and work to memorize important information that may be on the test. I think this will be the most useful in my history class, but I think it will help in all of my classes.

Strong Interest Inventory

After reviewing both the Strong and Myers-Briggs assessments, I prefer the Strong. The report we received today was a combination of both assessments, but I feel that the Strong more accurately defined my personality while the MBTI was much more general. I scored high in the social area of this assessment, with the realistic and investigative areas being the second highest. This makes my theme code “SRI”.

Some of my top ten strong occupations were speech pathologist, physical therapist, special education teacher and recreation therapist. I found this interesting because I have considered all of these fields at one point. I have also considered occupational therapy, athletic training, and dietetics, all which are included in the occupational scales of my results. I noticed on the personal style scale that it very accurately describes my personality. It shows that I enjoy working with/helping others, prefer to learn by doing, prefer short-term training to achieve a goal, would rather not be the leader, not a huge risk-taker, and enjoy a role as an independent contributor rather than working in teams.

I have always known that I want to go into healthcare, this assessments emphasizes this as well as my love for helping people and working with others. This report really reiterated most things I already knew about my personality and interest areas, but i liked that it solidified the fact that I do know the general direction I need to go. I need a job where I can be hands on while helping others in an environment where i can work individually to contribute to a team effort.

I feel that both of these assessments, the MBTI and the Strong, were very useful and very accurate.

MBTI Results

I did not guess my 4-letter combination correctly. I thought I would be an ISFJ but it turns out I was an ISFP. I was only slightly an I and only slightly a P tho so I would say I’m kind of in the middle on those areas of the test.

I think the results of the MBTI were pretty accurate in describing my personality. I am definitely a person who is sensitive and use my feelings a lot. But on the other hand I am also very logical and I generally make decision based on rationality and common sense. I am also definitely an S,  using sensing rather than intuition. I like things to be clear and not abstract. I like to see things through concrete details rather than inferring things for myself. 

My letters S and F were very strong while my letters I and P were very slight. I do enjoy being around others but occasionally need some alone time. I like to work with others but I don’t really like group projects. I am also the type of person who likes to go with the flow and can adapt easily to my environment or situations.  I do however like to have a schedule and a routine in place in order to feel at ease.

I agree with most of the preferred tasks and work environment. My preferred work tasks are hands on activities, providing practical help to others, and working at something that is personally meaningful. my preferred work environment is somewhere that values loyalty and commitment, discourages outright competition, and has supportive coworkers.

The challenges listed in the results are spot on. I feel like I do miss out on a lot of opportunities because I am reluctant to network, I hesitate to sell my self, and I put off making decisions while waiting for something better to come along. The job families seemed to kind of fit what I am thinking of doing career-wise in the future. The most popular occupations mostly fit my interests and the least popular occupations definitely fit the job types that I find unattractive.

Overall, I think this is a pretty good assessment and I fairly good judge of personality. I do think the questions were very situational and it was hard to  judge personality by just those situations.

 

Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligence

I was excited to take both of these tests to see what kind of things they revealed about my personality and the ways I learn best. On the VARK, I scored pretty evenly across the board, none of them really stood out compared to the others. I scored a 5 on both visual and auditory, a 7 on read/write, and a 6 on kinesthetic. I guess this would make me multimodal which I mostly agree with. I can usually learn the material however it is presented without too much difficulty. I feel like I use all of the learning styles fairly equally.

On the multiple intelligence test I found quite similar results. I was almost completely even in all of the areas. The one that stood out, although only slightly, was “interpersonal”. This is not a a surprise at all considering that I enjoy working with and helping others.  Some professions related to this area are therapists, counselors, educators, etc. This area is closely related to emotional intelligence and I feel that the results of this test were pretty accurate. I wish there was more of a definitive result in this test, but I suppose it is a good thing to be have a variety of skills, meaning I can adapt easily to situations.

Overall, I think these are good tests to determine the best learning style for someone and to highlight which areas of intelligence one capitalizes on. Based on the results of these tests it appears that I am versatile and can adapt easily which is not a bad quality. I agree with the results of the tests, however, I would like to have a clearer idea of where my strengths are rather than being evenly distributed in the intelligence skills and learning styles.