Gardian of the Month: Michelle Mason
Learn: Let’s say you’re studying for a big exam. Are you a crammer or do you like to plan ahead?
A: I am a hybrid of a crammer and someone who plans ahead, depending on the exam. If it is an area of study of which I am comfortable, I tend to cram. If it is technical in nature and requires intensive studying, I tend to plan for the exam over a period of time.
Network: Social media or face-to-face? Which form of networking is better and why?
A: I am a people person and prefer face-to-face. It is energizing and facilitates stronger connections. I enjoy observing the nonverbal facial expressions because you can learn more about a person’s thoughts and even cultural norms.
Transfer: What resources/tools do you find most helpful in helping you retain knowledge?
A: There are three ways I retain knowledge:
- I take copious notes via long hand.
- Repetition is helpful to solidify data into memory.
- I share information with others to seek feedback and different perspectives.
Q: Please share with us a resource you can’t live without.
A: There isn’t one particular resource that I can’t live without because there are so many varying perspectives I try to consider before making decisions. If I had to select one, it would be FORUM magazine. Many of the articles are written by Association Forum members. I appreciate learning about their perspectives, what is keeping them awake at night and effective practices.
Q: Which season represents you best and why?
A: Spring is in the air. I love spring because when it is in full bloom, I feel a sense of refreshment, rejuvenation and hopefulness. The winters are long in Chicago and spring and summers are short!