What is Kolb’s Experiential Learning Model?
According to Kolb, “Knowledge results from the combination of grasping experience and transforming it.” In his model, there are four distinct segments to learning:
- Description of Concrete experience
- Testing and Application
Applying Kolb’s Model to Your Essay
When you write your experiential essay, you are required to use each of Kolb’s four steps to describe each of the required subtopics. For instance, if you have developed a nutrition or health plan with your health care provider, and have maintained that health plan, you may want to write the essay on “Human Nutrition and Health”. You must address these three subtopics in your 3,000 to 4,500 word essay:
- Subtopic 1: Explain the physiological role of protein, fat, and carbohydrates in maintaining health.
- Subtopic 2: Explore the physiological role of vitamins and minerals in disease prevention.
- Subtopic 3: Discuss major nutritional guidelines to decrease heart disease, cancer, and osteoporosis.
- Subtopic 4: Analyze modifications from national recommended guidelines you have made in your diet and the rationale for those modifications.
- Subtopic 5: Explore challenges US citizens encounter in attaining sound nutrition.
- Subtopic 6: Discuss current fad diets and the hazards they bring to overall health and wellness.
In subtopic 1, you must address each of Kolb’s points:
- Description of Concrete Experience: discuss your experiences with the way your body reacts to specific types of foods, namely proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, and how these contribute to your overall health.
- Reflections: describe your feelings about your experiences and how your thoughts, attitudes and observations developed through the reflective process. For instance, as you experimented with different foods, how did your thoughts change about your nutrition plan? Did you grow to like foods that you didn’t like before? Explain.
- Generalizations, Principles and Theories: explain specific theories and principles of the physiology of proteins, carbohydrates and fats and how they support your knowledge of the topic in the area of nutrition and health. Discuss what your health care provider explained to you about this topic.
- Testing and Application: discuss how you tested the theories about protein, carbohydrates and fat. Did applying a particular principle bring about the desired outcome? Why or why not? You can add more to this discussion by writing about how more recent experiences have impacted your generalizations, principles and theories.
Get credit for your knowledge
Speak to your academic counselor to identify your credit deficiencies. Then, check the PLA-approved topics and see if there are subjects that match your areas of expertise, and whether you are eligible to write an essay to fulfill a credit requirement. You can earn up to 30 credits through experiential essays if you’re working toward a bachelor’s degree, or 15 credits if you’re working toward an associate’s degree. Additional state restrictions may apply.
Need more information? Please contact us at 1.866.440.4707 or email us at email@example.com.
Develop superior writing skills
Exceptional writing skills can be pivotal for more than just your academic success—good writing can give you an advantage in the workplace, too. Our Center for Writing Excellence (CWE), which we offer as a convenient online resource, is here to help you with everything from brushing up on grammar basics to putting the finishing touches on a paper.
Students of all writing abilities will benefit from this complimentary online resource.
The CWE can help you:
Organize your thoughts
Many students are intimidated by a blank page. If this is you – you are not alone. Our Thesis Generator can help you organize your ideas by asking you questions about your assignment. As you enter answers, the tool will combine your words to develop a main idea and an outline for your assignment. With your thesis statement and an outline, you’ll be well on your way to a solid first draft.
Format and cite
As a student, you can download our Riverpoint Writer® application, a complimentary Microsoft Word® add-in that automatically adjusts page margins and generates title and reference page templates. It also sets up in-text citations and reference entries based on the information you enter for your sources. This tool is available for both Macs and PCs. No more worrying about formatting your document and citations with this complimentary app.
Check your grammar
With the confusing and ever-changing rules of grammar – proofreading for grammatical errors can be a nightmare. If your paper is due in a few hours, worry-not! You can utilize WritePoint®, our automated tool that checks your grammar and style. This tool is available 24/7 and generates suggestions in minutes. Though WritePoint® won’t do your homework for you, it’ll provide valuable feedback that can help you polish your paper and submit your best work.
Become a better writer
There’s always room for improvement when it comes to written communication. Our Tutorials and Guides, available 24/7, can help you learn new language skills and reinforce forgotten concepts. Brush up on your grammar, view a variety of writing samples and essays, practice your paraphrasing skills – at your own pace.
Learn more about our Center for Writing Excellence by contacting an Enrollment Representative today at 866.766.0766.
Word is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corp. in the U.S. and/or other countries.