Learning a new process, concept, or theory isn’t easy. People learn in different ways. I can remember 6th grade with vivid detail, especially math class. I have always been good with numbers. A few weeks ago I was sitting with my Mom and we were going over some of her accounting. She was astounded that I could rattle off sequences of numbers or amounts without looking at my notes. I don’t know why. I just can ‘see’ them. But word problems at that time, stumped my young brain. Until, I drew out what was being asked on paper into a cartoon. I wasn’t approaching the problem correctly for my brain. I wasn’t asking myself the question: What is the problem asking me to do? I was looking for the numbers to crunch. I was fixated on the numbers. I knew I had to calculate something, but there was more to the puzzle. I know that now. I had to visualize what was being asked.
I’m a visual thinker.
Research has shown that we are all visual thinkers (Buzan)
Therefore, grasping knowledge and acquiring understanding, is best ‘seeing’ the process, visualizing the process and actually immersing yourself in the process.
Hence, why I love projects.
And scenario based projects are one way of accomplishing that goal.
This semester all of my classes have a form of project, and I will be posting helpful hints here, and in our learning management system to aid them in completion.
- The success to any project is not to wait till the last-minute and know that you are the one that needs to complete it.
- You are either accomplishing this as an individual or as a group. What does that mean?
- Each has a dynamic element. Know your role and research it.
- Thoroughly read over the requirements. Clarity begins by asking questions. Don’t assume anything.
- There is a formula for the process–the action of completion, but each journey is unique.
- Budget time. Don’t wait till the last-minute. I’ve said it twice and that means something.
- It is quality, not quantity.
- Research to gain factual data.
- Examples are great, but this is your original work!
- Don’t go in with the attitude that you just have to get it done. If you put in 50%, more than likely it will be reflected in the work delivered.
- This could be used for the future. Think of it as a tool to demonstrate to potential employers your capabilities and skill level.
- Do not let dysfunction ruin working relationships. I am a mediator and here to help negotiate, navigate the waters.
- Keep backup copies in three different places. Back up often.
- Others are counting on you, don’t let them down.