I think that it’s important to remember that we all learn a bit differently. There is no right or wrong way to learn. Some people thrive in certain learning environments while others struggle and others thrive in completely oppositive learning environments. The key really is that we have found our way to learn.
You may be wondering – what does she mean? Different ways to learn? What are those ways? Well, here’s are a few:
Some people absorb classroom lectures like sponges and off they go with a head full of knowledge. This is great for those that have mastered this technique but it doesn’t work for all of us. For some of us, classroom learning is just an introduction to a topic or just a way to learn the lingo. It doesn’t go any further than that for us. It’s the other methods of learning that really drive a topic home for us.
Lucky for us, our teachers have recognized this and have incorporated a variety of learning styles into the classroom for us. For example, sometimes classes come with a lab component where those of us that are hands-on learners can really dive right in and learn by doing. Other teachers have assigned students topics to teach the class, giving us the opportunity and motivation to deep dive into a topic ourselves, learning it enough in order to teach others. These are just a few of the creative methods our instructors have come up with to help those of us that learn a bit differently than others.
Read and HIGHLIGHT
Okay, I will admit it, I am that ONE student that learned through reading a chapter repeatedly and highlighting almost every word in the book. I sat and thought about why I do this once since what good does highlighting everything do? Then nothing stands out. But I figured out what it does is it slows me down enough in my reading to absorb the information being shared. And that caused me to learn!
Who hasn’t used the flashcard method at some point in their educational career? These are great self-study tools that really do the trick. They are great to use on the fly – on the train, bus, and walking in to school. And they work! How much success we have all had with flashcards at one time or another.
I mentioned it before but I think it’s worth mentioning again. Hands-on learning is absolutely great for those that learn by doing. And so many of us do learn that way. To actually touch, manipulate, and construct something helps so many of us figure out how mechanisms work, concepts fit together, and information flows. It’s an invaluable learning concept.
How do you Learn Best?
Is it through one of the above methods or have you found a difference strategy for success? We’d love to hear your tricks of the trade, so to speak!