Thursday, 17 January 2008

7 1/2 Habits of Highly Effective Learners - Thing 2

Things 2-3: Helen Blowers has created a tutorial on the 7 1/2 Habits of Highly Effective Learners. They are:

1. Begin with the end in mind (GOALS)
2. Accept responsibility for your own learning.
3. View problems as challenges
4. Have confidence in yourself as a competent, effective learner (don't get discouraged if it's hard at first)
5. Create your own learning toolbox (courses, books, web tools etc)
6. Use technology to your advantage
7. Teach/mentor others
7.5 Play!

I think on the whole I'm a pretty enthusiastic and effective learner. I've always enjoyed my formal studies, and I'm generally keen to extend myself at work. I would say out these habits, the one I have the most trouble with is actually setting an attainable goal and then following through to its conclusion. I have plenty of dreams, but it's a matter of being realistic and selecting just one or two to work on. Sometimes I also tend to need extrinsic motivation to complete a goal - a deadline, a teacher/mentor who keeps me accountable or something similar.

The rest I would argue I'm pretty good at. Being a librarian, I know where and how to find the tools I need, I enjoy teaching, and I like to play. :)