In reading the article, What the Best College Students Do, by Ken Bain. I realized that I have the tendencies of both strategic and deep learners. I often enjoy learning and look to find how the lesson is applicable to me and my life. But I have also found that not every assignment is weighted equally, especially in college classes and sometimes I have to use my strategic learning abilities to get through work quickly so I have time to work on other projects. It takes so much longer, for me personally, to “learn deeply” that I find myself resorting to learning strategically when I have little spare time.
I think that naturally most artists are a combination of strategic and deep learners. Deep learners have to be passionate about what they are doing, as most artists are. But we also have to prioritize what is important to us and this is where strategic learning can be useful.