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Last week, Mel Chua gave a talk a couple talks about learning styles. In one of them, she asked us to place ourselves on various spectrums of learning traits. They were: Active/Reflective, Visual/Verbal, Sensing/Intuitive, and Sequential/Global.

This talk was illuminating for me.

I was first diagnosed with ADHD in 6th grade, although my teachers had suspicions of it earlier. I was an underachiever and didn't work to my potential. Words to that effect could be found on every report card and heard in every parent/teacher meeting.

On the spectrums, I placed myself as very a very Active learner (I learn best when I just try things out instead of researching), moderately Visual, very Inuitive (I like to just try what "feels right" and I'm cool with it if I don't know right away if something is correct), and somewhat Global (harder to explain).

Do I have these learning styles because I have ADHD, or do is ADHD just how people with these learning styles are labeled? It's the age old question.

Mel encouraged us to work with people who's learning styles differ from our own so we can see what it's like.

I think I like computers because they're a good foil for my own tendencies towards fuzzy and disorganized thinking. And when it comes to programming, I like strict typing and TDD because it works against my weaknesses.
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