Learning Portrait Essay

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Learning Portrait

This is a portrait of my capability as a learner. How do I do it? How do I keep track of all of the information and knowledge that has come to me throughout my lifetime? How do I break it down and process it? How do I compensate in the areas where I am lacking? My purpose here is to evaluate the way I use and process information, to get a better picture of my ability to learn, and what I have learned, in school, at work and in life.
Information Gathering
To keep abreast of current events and topics of interest, the sources of information that I frequently use are television news, television newsmagazines, talk radio and local newspapers. From time to time, I read local events on the Internet. If I watch a
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When assigned as the recorder on patrol, it's my responsibility to keep precise written details of events in my activity log. To be an effective police officer, I've learned to become an astute observer. I need to know my direction of travel, what block I am on at all times, and the sector that I am patrolling. I observe what people are wearing, what they have in their hands, the way the look at the police and the way they walk to determine whether or not they are involved in or are about to become involved in illegal activity. I listen to what people say while observing their actions. It is not unusual when answers to routine questions contradict the actions of the complainants. When I walk into an apartment, or a room full of people that I am not familiar with, I rely greatly on my senses. I assess the key players, look for furtive movements, and evaluate the "feel" of the room. A weakness that I have in the area of observation is when I feel comfortable in the surroundings that I am in, I tend to become complacent and sometimes miss things that would ordinarily be apparent had I been alert.
Critical Analysis, Evaluation and Interpretation
When presented with an idea, problem or set of facts, I evaluate and interpret the situation presented to me in a logical, reasonable manner. For example, In a recent discussion with an adversary, she did most of the talking and I did the listening. I heard about the things that she'd done, what she

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