Building your Personal Learning Profile

Building your Personal Learning Profile

Ashford University

Course Code: EXP105: Personal Dimensions of Education (G302014K)

Building Your Personal Learning Profile

“Learning is taking in the world around you through your senses, making sense of it, and responding appropriately” (Johnston, 2018, Section 1.2, para. 2). It is crucial to intently pay attention to the world and use life experiences as a tool for success. The mind is a complicated thing. For example, the student is watching her instructor, seemingly paying attention, but is she actually soaking up the information? Personally, the gears in my mind are always spinning, and it is easy to get distracted by my thoughts. I may be doing the action, but I am not 100 percent invested. Knowing that about myself allows me to set myself up for success by proactively preparing my mind to slow down while also picking a location that best suits my learning behaviors. An Intentional Learner recognizes specific learning behaviors while nurturing a growth mindset. A person who is aware of their weaker learning behaviors, such as someone who falls in the Avoid category for Sequence, will put forth more grit by making a plan of action and scheduling time for assignments when they usually would not. This person is an Intentional Learner.

Understanding the four different Learning Patterns, (Sequence, Precision, Technical Reasoning, and Confluence) as they relate to me, is the key to academic success. It is crucial to remember that everyone has different Learning Patterns, and everyone approaches completing tasks differently. This knowledge is an aid to collaboration. I finished the Learning Connections Inventory (LCI) quiz and received the following results: Sequence (19), Precision (29), Technical Reasoning (33), Confluence (30). I use Precision, Technical, and Confluency at a Use First level, and Sequence on a Use as Needed level; which makes me a Strong-Willed learner. I agree with my results and believe it accurately describes my learning style and personality. Knowing my Learning Patterns explains my passion for building, painting, and creating new things. One of my strengths is my ability to use my imagination, take calculated risks, and analyze situations in a way that differs from others. To that point, I left my stable job of 10 years to pursue my dreams of becoming an entrepreneur. I started by painting furniture, woodworking, amongst other things; I self-taught by watching you-tube videos while also learning how to use a wide range of power tools. My clientele was growing, but I was not able to keep up because I was still learning, and every project seemed to present a new challenge. It was during this time that I learned I was too meticulous; I realized I was losing money and time by over-focusing on small details. Based on this assessment of myself, my score for Sequence is accurate; I use Sequence on a Use As Needed level. I do not like the thought of living by a schedule, and the organization aspect does not come easy for me. In terms of schooling, I do thrive on clear instructions and try to complete my work ahead of schedule so I can double or even triple check my work. With the knowledge I have gained from my Learning Patterns, I now know I need to Intensify my Sequence by becoming more organized, plan better, and Tether my Precision, Technical Reasoning, and Confluency as required.

There was an example given in the textbook that referenced a highly Sequential bank associate who struggled to carry on a conversation with her husband, who is highly Confluent. I relate to this, as there have been times in both the work environment and in everyday life where I find it challenging to converse appropriately with others; it was as if we spoke two different languages. Being solution-minded, I began to put a conscious effort into how I communicate; I now use analogies and metaphors to bridge the gap. There are times where I find myself in debates with others because I don’t agree or have 100% buy into what they are saying. I find it hard to communicate with people who are unclear and don’t get to the point, which is likely because I use Precision on a First Use Level.

Based on what I have learned, I can now identify my Learning Patterns as well as patterns in others; this will allow me to flex my style based on the individual. In my work environment, it will enable me to be less critical of others who may not have the same Learning Patterns I do. My co-worker may take a longer route to complete a task than I would have personally chosen, but now I realize it is because they have a different Learning Pattern. In school, I will be more aware of when I need to Intensify my Sequence and when to Tether my Use First patterns, to ensure my educational success. I will be a better communicator, student, mom, employee; the list goes on. Personal Dimensions of Education has proven to be an eye-opening experience, as I have always been interested in the science behind our minds and what makes us tick. I am grateful that I took the step to continue my education, and I look forward to learning more about myself to ensure my success.

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