Friday, February 24, 2012

Exam Preparation Inventory - Environmentally Reflective Learning Style

You prefer flexibility and less structured learning activities.

You may become distracted in a learning situation requiring you to listen for a long period of time without opportunities to interact or ask questions.

Find a quiet study spot. You will assimilate information best if you can work on one topic for an extended period of uninterrupted time. Find opportunities to work
by yourself. Learn by listening, observing, reading and then reflecting.

When studying for exams take short, frequent breaks to refocus your attention.

Overview course materials and highlight the most important points to study in detail. Although you will be most comfortable learning an overview or focusing on the
relevant facts, your learning situation may require you to learn some material in depth. Take time to analyze each specific course so you are prepared for the level of depth required.

Write down and rehearse key points.

It can sometimes be challenging to answer exam questions under time pressure. Practice by writing mock exams. For example, if you know you will be required to write a one-hour essay, predict a possible essay question and give yourself an hour to write. Reflect on what worked then rehearse again. This advance rehearsal will make the exam situation more comfortable and the task more familiar.

Your preferred style is: Environmentally-Reflective
Learners who prefer Reflective environments find it
helpful to explore in-depth and reflect when learning.
Although all learners will use deep reflection at times
when learning, those who are energized by a reflective
environment will be especially drawn to activities such
as:

• Getting information as far ahead of time as possible
• Listening carefully
• Building understanding by thinking about information
• Taking time to reflect on information before responding
Working on one thing at a time
Focusing on depth over breadth of information
Researching information by reading, listening and
observing
Uninterrupted, quiet study time
• Working on individual projects
• Interacting in one-to-one or small group situations