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Sample Learning Experience Survey

As a guide to this historical perspective, ask yourself the following sample questions (or as many as would be applicable to your situation). Feel free to add questions to this learning inventory.

Learning Experience Survey

  1. What type of learner are you (auditory, visual, kinesthetic)?
  2. Describe a learning experience in your past that you really feel positive about, including whether it was a formal educational experience, job-related experience, learning a hobby, etc.
  3. What was your motivation for becoming involved in this learning situation?
  4. How much time did you spend in this learning situation?
  5. How did you feel about this learning situation:
    1. Before you became involved in it?
    2. During the learning experience?
    3. At the conclusion of the learning situation?
  6. Did you receive any help or assistance during this learningactivity?
    1. If so, from whom?
    2. How valuable or positive was this assistance?
  7. What did you enjoy most about this learning experience?
  8. What did you enjoy least about this experience?
  9. What value does this learning experience have in your life today?
  10. In retrospect, is there anything about this learning experience that you would change today?

What you now need to do is take the positives from this past learning situation and attempt to adapt them to a presentday learning activity.

Let's assume the following hypothetical responses to this 10-question survey from an individual we will identify as Charlie:

Charlie's Survey Responses

  1. What type of learner are you (auditory, visual, kinesthetic)?

    Primarily a visual learner; secondarily an auditory learner.

  2. Describe a learning experience in your past that you really feel positive about, including whether it was a formal educational experience, job-related experience, learning a hobby, etc.

    A very positive learning experience: Taking a college trigonometry course (in another state) in which a minimum grade of a C had to be earned to transfer credit to another college.

    This was intended to satisfy the math requirement for a liberal arts degree.

  3. What was your motivation for becoming involved in this learning situation?

    Motivation -- to complete math requirements for a B.A. degree and the transfer of the credit to a college in another (resident) state.

  4. How much time did you spend in this learning situation?

    Time spent -- a college semester attending class twice per week, with an average of 15 hours per week in study time.

  5. How did you feel about this learning situation:
    1. Before you became involved in it?
    2. During the learning experience?
    3. At the conclusion of the learning situation?

    Feelings prior to enrollment in course -- very apprehensive.

    Feelings during the learning situation -- extreme apprehension.

    Feelings at conclusion -- relief, pride and personal satisfaction.

  6. Did you receive any help or assistance during this learningactivity?
    1. If so, from whom?
    2. How valuable or positive was this assistance?

    Received no assistance during this learning experience.

  7. What did you enjoy most about this learning experience?

    Enjoyed most the feelings of relief and personal satisfaction at the end of the semester. Earned the required C.

  8. What did you enjoy least about this experience?

    Enjoyed least the weeks of apprehension and frustration. Had never received any grade higher than a D in college math. Never received any grade higher than C in high school math. Always had a very negative attitude toward math.

  9. What value does this learning experience have in your life today?

    Proved that commitment, perseverance and a positive attitude can result in a successful learning experience.

  10. In retrospect, is there anything about this learning experience that you would change today?

    No changes in the actual learning experience. In retrospect, would have tried to do better in math classes prior to college so as to have a better mathematical foundation.