Learn By Doing - Joe's Learning Strategies

Joe has just started the doing work in the statistics course. He wants to get through it as quickly as possible while still making sure he is prepared to do well on the Checkpoint activity in two weeks. He sees a bunch of text with some activities sprinkled throughout, and is trying to decide how to proceed.

Indicate whether each of the following would likely be an effective and efficient strategy for Joe:

Jump straight to the activities without reading the text. For each activity, select different answer choices to see if they’re right or wrong and read the feedback that appears.

Hint: Think about which of these different strategies will be most likely to give Joe (a) all the information he needs for the final exam and (b) opportunities to practice applying the information and checking his understanding.
Incorrect
Not quite right. Learning by doing can be a good idea. However, Joe should keep in mind that the feedback for correct and incorrect answers is not as complete as the preceding text, so he might be missing important information.
Correct
Learning by doing can be a good idea. However, Joe should keep in mind that the feedback for correct and incorrect answers is not as complete as the preceding text, so he might be missing important information.

Jump straight to the first activity and if he cannot answer it, go back to the beginning of the unit to read the text.

Hint: Think about which of these different strategies will be most likely to give Joe (a) all the information he needs for the final exam and (b) opportunities to practice applying the information and checking his understanding.
Correct
If Joe has some previous experience with statistics, this may be the most efficient and effective strategy for him. The good thing about this strategy is that Joe uses the activities as a way to assess his own capabilities and then adjusts his approach accordingly. Moreover, by deciding to go back to read the preceding text, Joe is giving himself a chance to practice independent learning.
Incorrect
If Joe has some previous experience with statistics, this may be the most efficient and effective strategy for him. The good thing about this strategy is that Joe uses the activities as a way to assess his own capabilities and then adjusts his approach accordingly. Moreover, by deciding to go back to read the preceding text, Joe is giving himself a chance to practice independent learning.

Jump straight to the activities, and after realizing that he has no idea how to answer the first few, quit and plan to attend recitation that week.

Hint: Think about which of these different strategies will be most likely to give Joe (a) all the information he needs for the final exam and (b) opportunities to practice applying the information and checking his understanding.
Incorrect
This approach is unlikely to be effective, since Joe will not know what questions to ask at the recitation. By seeking help before trying to learn the material himself, Joe misses the chance to practice learning independently.
Correct
This approach is unlikely to be effective, since Joe will not know what questions to ask at the recitation. By seeking help before trying to learn the material himself, Joe misses the chance to practice learning independently.

Read the unit straight through from the beginning and do the activities as they come up.

Hint: Think about which of these different strategies will be most likely to give Joe (a) all the information he needs for the final exam and (b) opportunities to practice applying the information and checking his understanding.
Correct
If this is Joe's first statistics course, this may be the most efficient and effective strategy for him.
Incorrect
If this is Joe's first statistics course, this may be the most efficient and effective strategy for him.

Read the unit straight through from the beginning, but skip the activities.

Hint: Think about which of these different strategies will be most likely to give Joe (a) all the information he needs for the final exam and (b) opportunities to practice applying the information and checking his understanding.
Incorrect
Although reading the text will provide Joe with the information content of the unit, by skipping the activities he misses the chance to practice and check his understanding.
Correct
Although reading the text will provide Joe with the information content of the unit, by skipping the activities he misses the chance to practice and check his understanding.
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