Activity: Improving Your Own Approach to Learning 


Knowing how you learn lets you take control of your learning. It can, for instance, make learning more efficient. The Introductory Challenge in this unit asked you to complete a self-assessment about your own learning. The following activity asks you to go one step further and identify something you’d like to add to or improve upon in your pattern of learning. Knowing how you learn lets you take control of your learning.


  1. Review your answers to the self-assessment.
  2. Look at the learning strategies for which you selected “3” (“I definitely don’t do this”) or “4” (I’m not sure if I do this”). Which of them seem like they might help as you try to learn something new?
  3. Select one of them to work on. If you do this activity in a class or workshop, maybe you can talk about why you chose this one.
  4. Develop a plan for learning how to use (or expand the use of) the strategy.
  5. Finally, think about something that would be useful to learn for your job (e.g., a new policy or procedure, a new software application). Experiment with your newly learned learning strategy to get accustomed to using it and to see how well it works. If you are doing this for a class, your instructor may want you to record your progress or the steps you take as you begin to use the learning strategy.