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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 particular show on television and want more information on it I go to the webpage on the Internet for more precise information I can then cross-reference and find related subjects by web surfing I use encyclopedias at home to get information because libraries are not nearby In addition I use a CD-ROM or the Internet to make sure that I have accurate and recent information The most important tool that I use for information is my computer because of the many avenues available to me via CD-ROM and the World Wide Web At work I read pin-maps Interim Orders and Operations Orders to keep abreast of crime community events and procedural changes happening within the precinct and department wide I also read the national law journals to identify patterns and learn tactical information that I can apply on the street I have noticed that when presented with statistical information such as bars and graphs I have to give it a second look because I become disinterested in the source of information almost immediately Observation Skills Observation skills are very important in my line of work When
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