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  1. 1. Welcome to your Portfolio Midterm! There are three sections to your midterm. Please read instructions in each section and follow the directions. Section One: By (Jelani Cameron) It is important that you make a commitment to succeed in your college education. A good way to finish what you start is to start well! In one paragraph or more write what your 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 a certain action. Remember to be effective your Intention Statements must begin with "I will" or "I intend to" NEVER "I WILL TRY". Saying you will try is not good enough to bring about change. My name is Jelani Cameron and I am a college student at Broward College. I intend to graduate with a Associates Degree in Arts at Broward College. Also, I will finish with at least a B average in my SLS class. Finally, when I receive my Associates Degree at Broward College I will work on my clothing line.
  2. 2. Section Two: There are three Learning Style inventories in this section. Please read the instructions and follow the directions for each: One tool that students find most valuable is discussed in Chapter 1 and that is DISCOVERING HOW YOU LEARN. This information will help you to take advantage of your 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. It will also help you understand why you struggle with some activities, professors, and courses and not others. You may also begin to understand why you get along, or work better with some individuals than others (it may help explain why you might disagree with those you are close to as well). Learning Style Assignment #1: VARK Refresher - VARK is a questionnaire that provides users with a profile of their learning preferences. These preferences are about the ways that they want to take-in and give- out information. Here is your assignment: Your Type is INTJ Introverted Intuitive Thinking Judging Strength of the preferences % 56 38 50 67 1. . 2. Now answer the following questions: a. What are your two highest VARK scores? 67 b. What are your two lowest VARK scores? 38 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.
  3. 3. 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: To begin, there are many different ways I take in information. For example, I analyze every detail my professor teaches in each lesson in class. Also, I use whatever I learn effectively by using it in real-life situations. I communicate more effectively by talking to my colleagues about how they feel in any common situation me and her/him has. Therefore, I can look at how to solve the problem from different aspects. Finally, I feel as if performing well on tests consists of studying and processing all the information that I learned.
  4. 4. Learning Style Assignment #2: Myers/Briggs The purpose of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI® ) personality inventory is to make the theory of psychological types described by C. G. Jung understandable and useful in people’s lives. The essence of the theory is that much seemingly random variation in the behavior is actually quite orderly and consistent, being due to basic differences in the ways individuals prefer to use their perception and judgment. 1. Do the following: Your Type is INTJ Introverted Intuitive Thinking Judging Strength of the preferences % 56 38 50 67 a. 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 to Identify careers for your Jung Personality Type – you will see a list of Personality Type Portraits. What is your Personality Type Portrait? Answer: The Scientists b. Next click on what your Personality Type is; a new window will open. Read your Personality Type Portrait. c. After reading the “Personality Type Portrait;” go to careers to learn some of the careers that are possible for your personality type. • 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? Scientists • Engineers • Professors and Teachers • Medical Doctors / Dentists • Corporate Strategists and Organization Builders
  5. 5. • Business Administrators / Managers • Military Leaders • Lawyers / Attorneys • Judges • Computer Programmers, Systems Analysts and Computer Specialists
  6. 6. 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: I agree because it says I have a possibility of being a lawyer and I always catch myself debating about everything. b. Do these careers match the careers you have chosen for yourself? Answer: No, I really want to design my own clothing line. c. If no, will you change your career choice? Answer: No. d. What can you do with this information? Answer: I can find balance in the places I need to.
  7. 7. Learning Style Assignment #3: True Colors: Are you a thinker, always analyzing, like a GREEN? Do you prefer inspiring people and building their self-esteem as a BLUE? Are you the responsible one who is always on time and keeping everyone else on time like GOLD? Or do you thrive on entertaining and persuading people, like an ORANGE? Take the FREE quiz now and find out what color you are. True Colors, a personality system, has been around since 1979 when Don Lowry modeled it as a graphical presentation of both Keirsey’s Temperament and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. The True Colors descriptions are listed at the end of this 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 fears Do the test at the website: http://www.truecolorscareer.com/quiz.asp After you have completed the test: 1. What is dominant color (your highest score). Answer: GOLD 14 NEXT: Open and read the PowerPoint Presentation that is attached to this assignment. 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: ORANGE: I would persuade my friend to come with me by showing him all the beautiful sites to look at and people to meet. B. Diffuse an argument at work with an irate co-worker. Answer: GREEN: I would think about why we started arguing in the first place then try to solve it. C. Communicate with a supervisor, whose ethnicity is different from yours, to solve a scheduling problem.
  8. 8. Answer: GREEN: I would find another co-worker who speaks the same language as my supervisor and him or her translate for me.
  9. 9. The National Student Success Institute The National Student Success Institute Section Three: Emotional Intelligence Activity: Tapping into Emotions Directions: The following are examples adapted from Joshua Freedman's At the Heart of Leadership: How to Get Results with Emotional Intelligence. He argues that we often experience emotions in a pattern. For example, similar situations will trigger a type of response. It will help us, he argues, if we learn to recognize the pattern and to dig deeper to explore the reasons why we feel the way we do. Then, we should look for the wisdom in the situation and response; in other words, we should look for a lesson to learn to improve ourselves. Using the following "typical" college student examples, reflect on your emotional reaction to these types of situations and what you think the wisdom, or lesson, is in each. 1. EMOTION: DISCOMFORT TYPICAL SITUATION: You walk into a class for the first time and the professor seems uninterested to teach or uninteresting in general. You suddenly get worried that you will not enjoy this class —and you have to have it for your degree. YOUR EXPERIENCE IN THIS SITUATION: I haven’t experienced this in college, but I have experienced this in high school with my English class and I felt as is the teacher didn’t even know what she was talking about. Although I passed the course by teaching myself, I always respected and shared a couple of laughs with the teacher. THE LESSON TO BE LEARNED: Make the best out of your situation.
  10. 10. 2. EMOTION: ANXIETY/FEAR TYPICAL SITUATION: You walk into class where the professor explains everything that you are going to do this semester. He talks about a 15-page research paper, field studies, and weekly journals. You don't even have access to a computer. YOUR EXPERIENCE IN THIS SITUATION: My English professor tells us we will start doing research papers that much be 10 pages long, but I just always tell myself I can do it. THE LESSON TO BE LEARNED: Always be confident and determined that you can do anything.
  11. 11. 3. EMOTION: EXCITEMENT TYPICAL 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 can't wait to share the good news with your family because they were having a hard time helping support you while you were in college. YOUR EXPERIENCE IN THIS SITUATION: It was very difficult for me to find a job, but finally I had gotten a job so I could help my parents pay bills. THE LESSON TO BE LEARNED: Never give up.
  12. 12. 4. EMOTION: JOY TYPICAL SITUATION: You have taken your last final exam and will be graduating next week in front of your family, friends, and co-workers—and a few people who thought you wouldn't 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 two children are proud to tell everyone that their mom has a college degree, and you know that they will be more likely to attend college because you did. YOUR EXPERIENCE IN THIS SITUATION: I was falling behind some credits my senior year, but I worked but my butt off in every class. I was happy as ever when I graduated high school. Some people thought I wouldn’t walk the stage, but I did. THE LESSON TO BE LEARNED: Don’t let it bother you when someone doubts your work ethic.