That is why on my first week I am very excited in immersing myself in a university learning setup.
However even from the start I had trouble balancing work and university life. My busy schedule in my work had given me very limited time in my studies. From the start I have doubts on whether I can fully absorb what the instructor is teaching. Also, knowing my tendency to jump into any activity without clearly thinking on the possible loopholes and disadvantages in embarking on this undertaking has intensified my fear that I might have wrongfully chosen the course that I enrolled in. I also felt that I might fail to observe and reflect on the inputs that I should have received.
Kolb and Fry's Experiential Learning theory provides a clear strategy on how to fully immerse myself into the lessons that I really want to learn. It is a learning cycle that starts from one's concrete immersion to the knowledge and skills that I want to learn. After one's immersion, a person should observe and reflect on the stimuli that he received. This time, his analytical mind should work to pick up the loopholes and the flaws in learning the skills. The holistic mind accumulates these loopholes and mistakes. It will then use these in laying down fresh guidelines in performing things. Practical testing of one's newly ratified procedures in carrying out things is the last part of the cycle. This will continue to a lifetime upward cycle of personal renewal and development until a person actualizes his fullest potential.
I realized in the second week in this course that there are several theories on how an individual learn individually and in an organizational setup. From sensory stimulation, reinforcement theories to experiential and adult learning, numerous learning theories, I have learned in a brief amount of time the explanations done by psychologists that lay down why and how humans learn. Surfing through these theories, I realized that having learning disability, such as dyslexia, could be advantageous in an organization. It just depends on how you place yourself in an organization. What role would you assume in a society. In my case I found out that I am a doer or accommodator according to Kolb and Fry's Experiential Learning theory. I also discovered that accommodators use concrete experience and active experimentation in performing their roles in an organization. I am good at risk taking, one of the strengths of this learning type. Being a visual learner, I prefer to use diagrams and pictures than to read written sentences and paragraphs or listening to sounds. This allows me to think in a broader and wider perspective than focusing on the details.
I learned in the third week that our perceptions on the things we experience greatly affects the way we learn. Our mental model of the world is usually what we believe as reality. It is a glass that where we look through. Once the glass is foggy or gloomy, the way we look at things will also be gloomy. It is the way we see things through our mental and psychological image of the world around us. Our perceptions about the world then become our basis on the attitude we have towards things and other people. I realized in this session that it is the way I see things that makes my learning process easy or hard on me. If I perceive learning as a tedious and boring task, my attitude toward it will follow suit.