Unit 1 Overview–Learning Styles and Preferences; Unit Terms

“Learning how to learn is life’s most important skill.” Tony Buzan

Unit Overview

Topics, Objectives, Materials, Terms, To-Do List


This unit covers the following focus points:



After you have completed this unit you should be able to:

  • Understand the classic learning styles, strategies, and preferences and know how to use them to help you learn.
  • Understand the basics of annotation and how this skill can help you remember key information in written materials.
  • Use several mnemonic devices to help you remember key information


  • e-book, “How to Learn Like a pro!” (instructor may require some materials to be downloaded)
  • 3-ring binder at least 1 ½ inches thick
  • Notebook dividers, one for each week of the term
  • Pens, pencils, paper
  • Highlighters for annotation            
  • Course Syllabus: NOTE: this will be linked on the course MOODLE site. Consult instructor.

Terms (These terms also appear in the Glossary)

NOTE: the definitions are adapted and/or abbreviated from the original.

Auditory: Of, or relating to hearing, or to the sense or organs of hearing.

Annotation: Annotating text is a purposeful note taking system. It includes highlighting, underlining, circling, writing marginal notes, and other ways to draw the eye to key information or questions a reader might have.

Cognitive: Relating to the part of mental functions that deals with logic; Intellectual.

Kinesthetic Learning Style: A learning style in which learning takes place by the students carrying out physical activities, rather than listening to a lecture or watching demonstrations. People with a preference for kinesthetic learning are also commonly known as “do-ers”.

Modality: The way, or mode, in which something exists or is done.

To-Do List

  • Complete the exercises, as assigned, in each lesson.
  • In face-to-face classes, your instructor may include additional activities.


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