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  • 1. Welcome to your Portfolio Midterm!There are three sections to your midterm. Please read instructions in each section andfollow the directions.Section One: By Maria St. HilaireIt is important that you make a commitment to succeed in your college education. Agood way to finish what you start is to start well! In one paragraph or more write whatyour intentions (right under this paragraph) are for this class and your college education.Intention statements are commitments you make to do a specific task or to take acertain action. Remember to be effective your Intention Statements must begin with "Iwill" or "I intend to" NEVER "I WILL TRY". Saying you will try is not good enough tobring about change. I will be successful in my mission for my college education. I will put in allmy effort, work hard, and finish what I start. I will get As’ in all of my classes. I willgraduate with honors, transfer to another school and finish what I start. I will be aChild Psychologist. I will write a few books.
  • 2. Section Two: There are three Learning Style inventories in this section. Pleaseread the instructions and follow the directions for each:One tool that students find most valuable is discussed in Chapter 1 and that isDISCOVERING HOW YOU LEARN. This information will help you to take advantage ofyour strengths and shore up your weaknesses in both school and daily living situations.Knowing this information will help you choose activities that match your learning style. Itwill also help you understand why you struggle with some activities, professors, andcourses and not others. You may also begin to understand why you get along, or workbetter with some individuals than others (it may help explain why you might disagreewith those you are close to as well).Learning Style Assignment #1: VARKRefresher - VARK is a questionnaire that provides users with a profile of their learningpreferences. These preferences are about the ways that they want to take-in and give-out information. Here is your assignment: 1. Copy and paste or type your VARK results. My scores were: Visual: 6 Aural: 9 Read/Write: 9 Kinesthetic: 11 I have a multimodal (VARK) learning preference. My learning preference is: Multimodal 2. Now answer the following questions: a. What are your two highest VARK scores?
  • 3. My two highest score are 1-Kinesthetic: 11 2-Aural: 9 and Read/Write: 9 b. What are your two lowest VARK scores? Visual: 6 is my one low score c. Read the Help Study Sheet a Guide to Learning Styles at: http://www.vark-learn.com/english/page.asp?p=helpsheets Click on each of the Leaning styles and read the study strategies. d. Use one or more of the Learning Styles study strategies that you feel would be most helpful to you and write a paragraph about each of the following: 1. taking in information; 2. using information for effective learning; 3. communicating more effectively; 4. performing well in tests and examinations.Write your Paragraph here: I learned that I am the kind of person that learns by reading and writing andI must pay attention to every detail about myself: what I like, and the decisions Imake every day. I choose to write about Multimodal Learning Style because itbest describes who I am and how I learn. When taking in information the best thing is that I can see things frommany perspectives. Also I am not afraid to ask for help. However I need to beaware that there are many challenges for me as a Multimodal learner, like: for oneif a teacher only demonstrates one technique, I may have difficulty learning thatskill or information. Then I will worry about missing other perspectives on aproblem or making a major decision on insufficient evidence. I now understandwhy I like to go to learning centers for assistance. I have a greater understandingof why I complain that I did not get enough teaching or varieties for effectivelearning. A bad problem with my learning style is that I sometimes select materialaccording to the context and my needs. Marton and Saljo state that it is the
  • 4. approach that is deep, surface or strategic not the learning. Learners can shiftfrom one approach to another depending on their mood, the subject beinglearned or other factors. “So I must check my mood, put in extra effortand make sure I am learn the information not just concentrate ongetting it.” To use information for effective learning, I prefer to use list, dictionary,notes, argument or debate as ways to learn and interact with others. And also Ifeel better about the fact that I read and write things over and over. Now I knowthere is nothing wrong with me it is just how I learn best. To communicate more effectively, I choose two or three or four modes touse for your learning and for your interaction with others. Some positivereactions are that with multimodal preferences I choose to match or align mymode to the significant others around me. On the other hand a negative reactionis that I take a long time to make a decision When it comes to performing well in test and examination I tend to use mypreferences in combination because I have a total VARK score larger than 30.Some time it is bad thing that I take a long time to make decisions because itmeans that I might take a long time when taking a test. But because I was beingso careful and gathered a wider range of information my confident about mylearning has a deeper and wider understanding.
  • 5. Learning Style Assignment #2: Myers/BriggsThe purpose of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality inventory is tomake the theory of psychological types described by C. G. Jung understandable anduseful in people’s lives. The essence of the theory is that much seemingly randomvariation in the behavior is actually quite orderly and consistent, being due to basicdifferences in the ways individuals prefer to use their perception and judgment. 1. Do the following: a. Copy and paste or type your Score and Personality Type: Your Type isMy Type is: ENFP = Extraverted Intuitive Feeling Perceiving Strength of the preferences % 44 38 62 22 Personality Type: Dominant: Extraverted Intuition Auxiliary: Introverted Feeling Tertiary: Extraverted Thinking Inferior: Introverted SensingQualitative analysis of my type formula I am: • moderately expressed extravert • moderately expressed intuitive personality • distinctively expressed feeling personality • slightly expressed perceiving personality b. Since you have taken the Jung Test and know what your personality type is go to this Website: http://www.personalitypage.com/html/portraits.html
  • 6. to Identify careers for your Jung Personality Type – you will see a list of Personality Type Portraits. What is your Personality Type Portrait? Answer: My personality Type Portraits that I am: Project-oriented Bright and capable Warmly, genuinely interested in people; great people skills Extremely intuitive and perceptive about people Able to relate to people on their own level Service-oriented; likely to put the needs of others above their own Future-oriented Dislike performing routine tasks Need approval and appreciation from others Cooperative and friendly Creative and energetic Well-developed verbal and written communication skills Natural leaders, but do not like to control people Resist being controlled by others Can work logically and rationally - use their intuition to understand the goal and work backwards towards it Usually able to grasp difficult concepts and theories c. Next click on what your Personality Type is; a new window will open. Read your Personality Type Portrait. d. After reading the “Personality Type Portrait;” go to careers to learn some of the careers that are possible for your personality type. e. To do this: at the bottom of the article in the center of the page you will see this image  click on the image to open the careers for your personality type, a new window will open. What are the careers paths possible for your personality type? (Copy and paste the careers here).Possible Career Paths for the ENFP:
  • 7. ConsultantPsychologistEntrepreneurActorTeacherCounselorPolitician / DiplomatWriter / JournalistTelevision ReporterComputer Programmer, Systems Analyst, or Computer SpecialistScientistEngineer
  • 8. Learning Style Assignment #2: Myers/Briggs (Continued) 2. Now answer the following questions: a. Do you agree or disagree with the results – why or why not Answer: Yes I definitely agree with the results. I was very surprised. I feel that this test remarkably hit it wright on point, when it come to describing who I am what I’m all about. It is so amazing to me. b. Do these careers match the careers you have chosen for yourself? Answer: Yes, not only does it match the career I choose for myself, but list other careers that I also like and was interested in; for example writer, teacher, actor, and scientist. c. If no, will you change your career choice? Answer: N/A d. What can you do with this information? Answer: This information makes me feel certain that I have made the right chose in picking my career. I will also use info to understand my likes and dislikes, so I have a better understanding of what I do and how I feel. Furthermore I now have a blue-print of my strength and weaknesses, therefore I can make better decisions in all that I do and do them well. I learn so much I learned that these test are really great tools for people to use if they want to find out about themselves. It is amazing I wish I had done this a long time ago it helped me to understand why I do the things I do when I am studying for a test, and gave me tips on what actions are best for me to take to
  • 9. have not just a better tests cores but a positive experience whilestudying.
  • 10. Learning Style Assignment #3: True Colors:Are you a thinker, always analyzing, like a GREEN? Do you prefer inspiring people andbuilding their self-esteem as a BLUE? Are you the responsible one who is always ontime and keeping everyone else on time like GOLD? Or do you thrive on entertainingand persuading people, like an ORANGE? Take the FREE quiz now and find out whatcolor you are. True Colors, a personality system, has been around since 1979 whenDon Lowry modeled it as a graphical presentation of both Keirsey’s Temperament andthe Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. The True Colors descriptions are listed at the end ofthis document.Learn how to: Discover your unique gifts and talents Soar with your strengths Discover your passion Express your heart and soul in what you do Increase self-esteem, creating a positive, clear self-image Become successful in spite of your fearsDo the test at the website: http://www.truecolorscareer.com/quiz.aspAfter you have completed the test: 1. What is dominant color (your highest score). Answer: Blue My Primary Color: Blue 15 11 7 3 Bl Or Gr GlNEXT: Open and read the PowerPoint Presentation that is attached tothis assignment.
  • 11. 2. After reading the PowerPoint Presentation: Choose a color that is different from your dominant color and explain how you would handle the following situations: A. Plan a trip to Europe. Answer: Since I enjoy relationship with people with shared interest I would check to see if any of my friend want to go with but if not I would just research the best deal and go alone for I am a nonconformist who like to do my own thing. B. Diffuse an argument at work with an irate co-worker. Answer: I would use my head to come up with a strategy to calm him down. Try to get him to see things my way, and try to use logic. C. Communicate with a supervisor, whose ethnicity is different from yours, to solve a scheduling problem. Answer: I like to solve problems but since I don’t express my feelings easily and I think knowledge is power; I would first do some research, then I would write an E-mail to my supervisor and follow through till problem is solved. After that I would move on to next challenge
  • 12. The National Student Success Institute The National Student Success InstituteSection Three: Emotional Intelligence Activity: Tapping into EmotionsDirections: The following are examples adapted from Joshua Freedmans At the Heartof Leadership: How to Get Results with Emotional Intelligence. He argues that we oftenexperience emotions in a pattern. For example, similar situations will trigger a type ofresponse. It will help us, he argues, if we learn to recognize the pattern and to digdeeper to explore the reasons why we feel the way we do. Then, we should look for thewisdom in the situation and response; in other words, we should look for a lesson to learnto improve ourselves.Using the following "typical" college student examples, reflect on your emotionalreaction to these types of situations and what you think the wisdom, or lesson, is ineach.1. EMOTION: DISCOMFORTTYPICAL SITUATION: You walk into a class for the first time and the professorseems uninterested to teach or uninteresting in general. You suddenly get worried thatyou will not enjoy this class—and you have to have it for your degree.YOUR EXPERIENCE IN THIS SITUATION: I stayed in the class and found out after a couple of classes that I didlike the class and was glad I stayed. The teacher and course got more andmore interesting as I learn and understood the class work. I was determinedto stay on course.THE LESSON TO BE LEARNED: The lesson I learned was not to jump into conclusions. My firstassumptions might be false. At times one must make hard choices. Whatwe perceive at first glace may not be accurate, we have to take a deeperlook. Knowing how top adapt is important if one need toSurvive and/or Succeed.
  • 13. 2. EMOTION: ANXIETY/FEARTYPICAL SITUATION: You walk into class where the professor explains everything thatyou are going to do this semester. He talks about a 15-page research paper, field studies,and weekly journals. You dont even have access to a computer.YOUR EXPERIENCE IN THIS SITUATION: I looked for all the resources available to me. I explain my situation toteacher and ask for help. I went to labs, library, and friends houses; whatever Ihad to do to get work done.THE LESSON TO BE LEARNED: Everything has cause and effect. To grow we have to be able to be flexibleand change. My situation and consequences are only half the story. My attitude iswhat is going to make or break me.
  • 14. 3. EMOTION: EXCITEMENTTYPICAL SITUATION: You find out that you won a scholarship that will pay for books,tuition, and fees when you transfer to a four-year university next semester. You cantwait to share the good news with your family because they were having a hard timehelping support you while you were in college.YOUR EXPERIENCE IN THIS SITUATION: I would be happy and filled with joy and relieved that I would not haveto be a burden to my family any more. My reaction and those of my familywould be no more stress.THE LESSON TO BE LEARNED: When there are stress is good to have support. Hard work pays off. Ifyou want improvement you have to do it. Your performance in schoolaffects not just you and your quality of life, it affects others too.
  • 15. 4. EMOTION: JOYTYPICAL SITUATION: You have taken your last final exam and will be graduating nextweek in front of your family, friends, and co-workers—and a few people who thoughtyou wouldnt make it. You have a job ready and waiting for you in your field of study.While the pay may not be high, it offers great opportunities for advancement. Your twochildren are proud to tell everyone that their mom has a college degree, and you knowthat they will be more likely to attend college because you did.YOUR EXPERIENCE IN THIS SITUATION: On this wonderfully blessed day, I am crying because I am so happy. Iunderstand myself, I get why I do what I do. I am graduating because I tookall the steps necessary to achieve success. I had to use my senses tounderstand myself and work well with others; also to know how to deal withpressure, and conduct myself with integrity. (Ps. I just can’t wait toexperience that.)THE LESSON TO BE LEARNED: When you do what you have to do, things fall into place. Emotion motivatesbehavior; Therefore, in order to stand ahead and be the best as an individual, ateam, a company, a boss, a teacher, a leader, a student, a mother, or even afriend one most use practical tactics of emotional intelligences.