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    Tell me about your learning style and study patterns.

      The interviewer would like to know more about your learning methods and level of discipline. Thinking back to your education, high-school or post-secondary, how did you ensure that your work was completed thoroughly and on time?

      - Perhaps you are a visual learner who utilized images to recall information.
      - Some students prefer to listen to music while studying
      - Researchers know that some students are kinesthetic learners, better-committing data to memory when they move or use hands-on tools.
      - Flashcards and charts work well for students who think more logically.
      - Studying in a group or a social setting is helpful for some; while, it may hinder others.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I prefer to learn at an independent pace where there is little pressure from others to absorb important information in a way specific to their learning styles."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Admin interview

      "I am very much a visual learner. While completing my business administration diploma, I watched a lot of online tutorials, for instance. This method helped me to commit particular steps to memory. For example, this method of studying helped me a great deal when learning advanced Excel techniques. I was a diligent student."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Manager interview

      "As a student, I was always on the move. If I could listen to an audiobook while running on the treadmill, I could nail the book review the following day. I have a high amount of energy, which lends itself well to my energetic management style."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Marketing interview

      "I am a creative individual, and I have to see my work in action before I can fully execute. Even as a student, I would make up make-shift storyboards in my dorm room. I always put extra effort into y creative school projects. This area is where I stood out academically. I guess I chose the right career path, didn't I!"

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Retail interview

      "I am a social person by nature. In school, I created a study group of eight. We would meet at a local coffee shop and study together, bounce ideas off of each other, and have friendly debates on the material. Now, when learning a new job, I will go to a location like a Starbucks, where there are some buzz and energy around me."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Sales interview

      "In my current position, I had to memorize over 1,000 SKU's from our product catalog. Because I connect to learning kinetically, I created flashcards for myself. I studied this way in college as well and found it very helpful."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Teacher interview

      "As a teacher, I tend to encourage a variety of learning methods. I consider myself a dynamic learner, and I know that many of my students are as well. This understanding means that you cannot put them into a box and expect one method of learning to resonate with everyone. For this reason, I create learning stations in my classroom. As a child, this is how I learned the best as well. College was great for this, with a balance of desk work, labs, and practicum."

      Rachelle's Answer
       for a Electrician Apprentice interview

      "I am very much a visual learner. While completing my first electrician course, I watched a lot of online tutorials, for instance. This method helped me to commit particular steps to memory. For example, this method of studying helped me a great deal when learning advanced circuit board techniques. I was a diligent student."

      Anonymous Answer

      "As a student who was always on the move, if I could listen to an audiobook while running on the treadmill, I could nail the book review the following day. I have a high amount of energy, which lends itself well to my energetic style."

      Rachelle's Answer

      It sounds like you are a highly efficient and keen learner. Very well done :)

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I enjoy learning from others and take the opportunity to improve my skills as often as I can. For example, when I know I will be in the car for long periods, I like to listen to podcasts. Additionally, you can teach yourself just about anything from watching it on YouTube, and I learned how to process B&W films from watching videos!"

      Rachelle's Answer

      Try talking more about how you study. For instance, if you were given a medical dictionary as thick as a phone book, and you were told to memorize it, what would your approach be?

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I have found that I am a visual and hands-on learner. I prefer to read on a subject first or watch instructional videos before I do it hands-on. I can retain knowledge and skills rather quickly. I enjoy keeping up with the latest technology trends and taking classes on a website called Udemy in my free time."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Great response! You are highly descriptive, and adding in the fact that you spend time on Udemy is a perfect added touch. Well done.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I am generally a visual learner. I learn better by watching videos and watching training sessions. If I am trying to complete a class, it always helps me to watch a video or two to get some further insight into the class or project."

      Kristine's Answer

      Perfect response! You will show the interviewer you are self-aware and willing to get your hands on extra resources to ensure you learn the material.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "My learning style for memorizing things is to have it written down and organized to study, but sometimes hands-on showing me is a better fit depending on what it is that I am learning."

      Rachelle's Answer

      You offer up a couple of learning styles that will be helpful to the interviewer. The way you answer this question could also shape how they approach training should you be hired.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "My learning style is to read and look at diagrams or pictures of items mentioned in the paragraphs. After learning something by reading a book or manual, when possible, it is important that I physically work with the application. I can study in a team environment as well as independently."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Your answer is well-rounded and thorough. Very good!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I read the material. I create notes for myself of key points. I study the topic, watch YouTube videos and read other related material to get different viewpoints. If I'm trying to commit the info to memory I'll then try to write out all I know on the topic in long or shorthand and keep doing this until I'm able to write out at least 90% of the info (if that's what's required)"

      Rachelle's Answer

      Your process sounds detailed and well thought out. Excellent!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "My learning style is very visual. If I do not understand something I look up videos with visuals to help me comprehend the concept. I prefer to study independently because it presents fewer chances for distraction."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Wonderful! It sounds like you have a great handle on your study and learning preferences.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I’m a very hands-on learner. I can pick things up very quickly if I can physically perform them. As for studying, I need to write and rewrite the information down until I have it fully memorized."

      Rachelle's Answer

      It seems that you know your learning style and study patterns very well, which is great!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I prefer to learn at a slower pace with notes taken. I like to research problems and look at solving patterns to get more insight."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Rather than use the word 'slow' I recommend choosing a term that emphasizes your careful work. Examples would be methodical, with purpose, disciplined, structured, etc.

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