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.

Career Family Tree Prezi

Possible Interview for RTN Project

When thinking about a person who I might want to interview, there’s not a specific person that comes to mind. I’m sure there is a multitude of people locally in the DFW area that would be exceptional candidates to interview and learn a lot from. If I had to consider a profession that I want to learn more about, it would be a sports medicine physician, an athletic trainer at the professional sports level, occupational therapist, or a physical rehabilitation physician. I am also interested in rehabilitation, either physical or mental, for people who have suffered some type of trauma. I would love to learn more about any profession that works with physically or mentally disabled children, teens, and/or adults. I would love to work with people with disabilities by helping them learn life skills or possibly even academics.

I am interested in learning more about career options related to the interests I mentioned or if there is even a career that exists that fits my stated interests. I would like the learn about the pros and cons as well as the best part of their jobs and the most challenging. I would be interested in learning more about any career/profession that deals with rehabilitation, human development, sports medicine, or types of therapy.

I hope that by talking to and interviewing people in such fields I will get a better understanding of their careers and if I want to pursue a career in the same field or if it is definitely not what I thought it was. I think it will be a very helpful experience.

Bonus: Book Proposal

Book Proposal: “Expect the Unexpected: Raising a Child with Special Needs”

Expect the Unexpected: Raising a Child with Special Needs is a book that will help the families of disabled children cope with and understand the struggles of raising a child with special needs, educate them on where to find resources and support groups, as well as learn how to help the child to meet their full potential. Instead of dwelling on the hardships that will be faced while raising a child with special needs, this book inspires parents to encourage their child and motivate them with a proven how-to approach.

Expect the Unexpected: Raising a Child with Special Needs is targeted to the parents of children with special needs but is also helpful for siblings and relatives of the child. The book covers many helpful topics and is broken down as follows:

  • Coping with Grief and Guilt
  • Accepting Your Child as “Special”
  • Importance of Early Intervention
  • Sky’s The Limit
  • Steps to Independence and Planning for the Future
  • Personal Accounts from Experienced Parents

Intertwined throughout the book are my personal experiences, struggles, and rewards of living with a special needs individual.

There is an array of books on the topic of raising children with special needs, one of the top-sellers being The Special Needs Parent Handbook by Jonathan L. Singer. Expect the Unexpected is a unique and motivational book to offer advice to parents on how to help their child reach their full potential and not let their disability hold them back, while The Special Needs Parent Handbook simply provides advice and assistance on coping with children with disabilities. Expect the Unexpected also provides personal accounts which are very relatable and helpful to parents who may feel alone in such a situation.  I have had about 2 years of experience writing a column in the school newspaper and have also had a few articles published in the local newspaper.  As the sibling of a special needs individual, I am qualified to write on the topic of raising a special needs child because I have first-hand accounts and experiences with coping and dealing with disabled children. This gives the book a unique and interesting perspective that is unlike any other book on the market.

Before I Kick the Bucket…

Before I kick the bucket, I hope to accomplish my biggest goals and aspirations. The top 10 things on my bucket list are:

1. Learn to play the guitar…and play it well.

2. Travel the world, specifically more of Europe, Africa, and South America.

3. Start a charity or non-profit organization.

4. Have a career working with children or disabled individuals.

5. Be debt free by the time I am 25.

6. Open a small restaurant.

7. Go skydiving.

8. Get married and start a family.

9. Learn Salsa, Western Dance, and Ballroom dancing.

10. Visit the 7 Wonders of the World.

There is a pretty wide range of things I’d like to do before I “kick the bucket”. First, I would like to learn to play the guitar. I have always wanted to learn to play an instrument and I have owned a guitar for about 3 years and I still don’t know how to play it. Not only do I want to learn to play, but I want to be really good at it. I have always wanted to be good at something so hopefully someday I will be very talented at playing the guitar. Second, I want to travel. I had many opportunities to travel to many European countries while living overseas, but I was nowhere near seeing all I want to see. I would also love to travel to Africa and South America. I think it is important to travel to experience different cultures and learn things that you never could in other parts of the world. Third on the list is to start a charity or work with a non-profit organization. I feel that it is very important to give back to the community by volunteering and fundraising. There are so many people in the world who are less fortunate than most of us and I believe it is my civil and moral duty to do what I can to help those people. I have always aspired to be in a career where I can help others. I have a very nurturing and caring personality and I don’t think I would be happy in a career where I wasn’t helping others in some way. Fourth is to have a career where I can work with children or disabled individuals. I would love to do something in the medical field where I don’t have to deal with blood and guts… Possibly some kind of rehabilitation or sports medicine is the direction I need to go, as long as I am helping others in what I do. Number five is to be debt free by the time I am 25. I have always been a saver and frugal with my money. Unfortunately in order for me to attend college I had to take out student loans and I would like to pay them off in a timely manner. I will learn to be financially savvy which is very important in the world we live in today. Another thing that will help me learn to work with money is number six on the list, open a small restaurant. I love to cook and bake, so I have always wanted to own my own restaurant or bakery. Seventh is skydiving. I had planned on going skydiving for my 18th birthday but the plans ended up falling through. I am not a very courageous or risk-taking person, so I would love to go skydiving and push my limits. I guess its a pretty common goal to get married and start a family, but I have always dreamed of having that perfect little family. Being able to share my life, goals, and adventures with someone will make everything worth-while and complete. Ninth, I want to learn new types of dance. I love to dance and watch others  dance. I think it a beautiful form of expression and can tell a lot about the culture that the type of dance originated from. Last but not least, is to visit the 7 Wonders of the World. There are so many natural creations that have been put on this earth for us to enjoy and experience. By visiting these 7 locations, I would hope to gain more worldly knowledge and appreciation for nature and the world.

Where’d All the Time Go?

Time management is a struggle for most people. It always feels like there is so much to do and so little time to do it. Time seems to slip through my fingers and I usually feel a step behind my work. By taking the time management survey, I could really see where my time went. Until I broke it all down I had no idea that I spent so much time on certain things and so little time on other things that seem to consume my time.

When I broke my time in a week out into the pie chart I found that I spend 33% on sleep, 4% on grooming, 11% on eating, 4% on travel time, 1% on scheduled weekly events, 6% on errands and chores, 9% in class, and 8% socializing. That leaves me 24% of my time open! Right now I do have a lot of extra time because I do not currently have a job. This will change very soon and reduce the amount of free time I have. I am currently looking for a job and expect to work about 15 hours per week. This will leave me about 25 hours of free time per week instead of the 40 extra hours I have at the moment.

Based on this pie chart, most of my time is dedicated to sleep. Sleep is very important of course, but I had no idea that the majority of my time was spent sleeping. The least amount of my time goes to scheduled functions and events. I haven’t gotten involved in many clubs or other organizations yet, so this small percentage will most likely grow in the near future. By looking at the pie chart, it does not look balanced and perhaps is something I need to work on.

The “time wasters” that I have identified in my weekly schedule is the time I have in between classes. I could utilize this time much better than I currently do. I usually just wait around for my next class, but instead I could be using that time to study or do some of my homework. Another “time waster” is when I get on my computer and waste a lot of time on the internet when I should be working on something else instead. This problem can easily be fixed if I just don’t allow myself to get on social networking sites and the like. I should not have them as open tabs that I can so easily toggle between. The time wasters I have identified can easily be modified.

Some of the key areas in my time management that I want to improve are in studying and goal setting. I am very organized and I couldn’t survive without my planner. I love to make to-do lists especially because I feel so accomplished when I can cross stuff off of it.      In order to make my time more efficient, I plan to make use of my waiting or “wasted” time. I would also really like to improve my time management when it comes to studying. I never felt the need to study in high school and usually I did very well in school without it, however, that is clearly not the case for college level work. I plan to break up assignments into smaller, more manageable portions, and avoid study marathons. If I do a little bit everyday, I benefit much more from my study sessions.

 

 

Hello world!

Hello Everyone!

My name is Lindsey Crase and like most of the people in this class, I am a freshman here and I have not yet been able to decide on a major to pursue. To let you know a little bit about me, I am the middle child between and older and younger sister. Family is very important to me and my sisters and I are all three very close. My older sister is a junior here at UNT earning a degree in interior design. My little sister is a sophomore in high school and loving it. Another big part of my life is my dog named Lucy. She is a mutt but looks somewhat like a short-haired border collie. She is energetic and playful and extremely smart! I taught her all of the tricks she knows, and she knows quite a few!

I have lived in Keller, Texas for the past 6 years of my life so I am by no means a native Texan. I was born in Missouri and nearly all of my relatives still live there. At the age of 7, my dads job transferred him to an office in Brussels, Belgium so we all moved there and spent about 5 years there. I am so grateful for all of the opportunities living in Europe provided for me. Our family was able to travel all over Europe and experience many different countries and cultures. I will eventually find my way back there to visit my favorite places and go to all of the places I never made it to.

In my spare time I enjoy reading a good book, listening to music, and hanging out with friends and family. I also enjoy cooking but I really love baking. I usually keep my recipes simple, but I hope to expand horizons in the future. Another activity I have been working on is trying to teach myself to play guitar. So far it isn’t going well at all, but someday I will master it!

So there is a little bit about me, and on this journey through UGST 1000 I hope to find a major that suits me and will start me on a career path that I will absolutely love.