Learning styles workshop offered at Student Services Building

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) counselor Niloo Hakkakzadeh held a workshop in the different learning styles to students in the Transfer Center Conference room at the Students Services Building on Thursday.

During this workshop, she explained what the different type of learning styles are and helped the attending students to determine their own.

“I wanted to have students learn the different learning styles that they have and be able to incorporate strategies [to their studies] to help them be successful in their classes.” said Hakkakzadeh.

Attendees were given a 16-multiple choice question test to help them realize what type of style would fit them the most.

The different learning styles that counselor Hakkakzadeh talked about in the workshop are visual, aural; people who learn best when they hear the answer rather than reading it, the read and write style, and kinesthetic; people who best retain information by learning through experience.

“It was interesting to see the different kind of learning styles that everyone has, and it was also interesting how mine was different than everyone else’s [in the workshop],” said Gareth Davies, 38, Engineering major. “Having already known a lot of that stuff, its good that i came because it reminded me of the other ways that I’m not good at, now i can apply that to my studies.”

Counselor Hakkakzadeh made students work in a group to build a success pyramid among them. One student drew a pyramid with the word success at the top and with the help of the other participants, filled the triangle with ideas of what makes a successful student.

As the STEM counselor, Hakkakzadeh who graduated from UCLA as a Psychology major, orients and gives academic, career, and personal counseling to students who are majoring in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.

“My goal is to help them to successfully reach their goals, so if its getting associates degrees or certificates my goal would be for them to be able to achieve and receive those associates degrees that they want and if they’re planning to transfer, to transfer successfully,” she said.