M4S4 Learning StylesM4S4–Learning Styles is a derivative of “The Learning Process” provided byLumen Learning.License:CC BY 4.0. M4S1–Critical Thinking is licensed underCC BY 4.0. “Exercise 1 & 2” isa derivative of “3.5 Chapter Activities” FromCollege Successby the University of Minnesotaand is licensed underCC BY-NC-SA.Exercise 1: Make an Action ListTwo things I willdo to practice:ActionBy when I expect to take theactionThe expected results of thatactionMy CriticalThinking1.2.My CreativeThinking1.2.My ProblemSolving1.2.1
The Learning ProcessThe learning process is something you can incite, literally incite, like a riot.—Audre Lorde, writer and civil rights activistConsider experiences you’ve had with learning something new, such aslearning to tie yourshoes or drive a car. You probably began by showing interest in the process, and after somestruggling it became second nature. These experiences were all part of the learningprocess, which can be described in the four stages:1.Unconscious incompetence: This will likely be the easiest learning stage—you don’tknow what you don’t know yet. During this stage, alearner mainly shows interest insomething or prepares for learning. For example, if you wanted to learn how todance, you might watch a video, talk to an instructor, or sign up for a future class.Stage 1 might not take long.2.Conscious incompetence: This stage can be the most difficult for learners, becauseyou begin to register how much you need to learn—you know what you don’t know.Think about the saying “It’s easier said than done.” In stage 1 the learner only hastodiscuss or show interest in a new experience, but in stage 2, he or she begins to applynew skills that contribute to reaching the learning goal. In the dance example above,you would now be learning basic dance steps. Successful completion of this stagerelies on practice.