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Chapter 6 provides a concise overview of the learning process, gives examples of individual learning styles and complementary study strategies, and discusses the importance of active learning and critical thinking.


  1. Consider each of your classes. What types of action, reflection, experience, and abstraction do they incorporate? What can you do to integrate these four modes of learning in each class?
  2. Do you consider yourself more of a visual, auditory, or tactile/kinesthetic learner? Which learning strategies have you tried that fit your learning style well? What new learning strategies might you try this term?
  3. Take a learning style and/or personality inventory. Your instructor or the college counseling center may recommend one or you can go online and complete one of the inventories mentioned in this chapter.

Additional Exercises (LDC Online only)

  1. Watch the animated version of Sir Ken Robinson’s lecture on creativity and education ( ). Afterwards, discuss the ideas and questions presented in the lecture.
  2. Be your own guinea pig. Watch Sir Ken Robinson’s lecture ( ) and/or Tim Ferriss’s lecture ( ) on TED Talks. Then, try something radically different with your own learning. Be prepared to report back to the class on what you tried and what you discovered.
  3. Instructors, here’s a lesson that works well with this chapter! Break students into groups and assign each group a topic from this chapter (or, if you have many groups, you can assign them topics from this chapter as well as Chapter 7). Then, challenge them to teach the class in a way that reflects what they’ve learned about knowledge, learning, learning styles, and memory.
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