Learning styles, find yours!

Post 22:

With September passed (hopefully off to a good start) for many students’ and new staff members at companies, the chances are you’ll need to learn new stuff. For some it will be programming, others it might be Microsoft Office, or an internal system for a specific company.

First thing’s first, you’ll be eager about the topic/company/University, that’s a really good start. You will also be settled into your new post/position. This actually helps because if you are enjoying/having fun your chances of remembering are greatly increased.

Now onto the more personalised stuff, your unique learning style. To stand out from the crowd it is best to adapt an effective learning style that suits you, and hardly anyone else. Learning may be universial, memory isn’t.

what is your learning style

    • Audio
    • Visual
    • Practical (or Kinesthetic)
    • the list goes on …

Audio means that you learn (or remember) something by noise/sounds. Sometimes, audio learners actually say a sentence, or pieces of a topic out loud to take it in. That’s right, you’re not mad, your an audio learner if you have to say or hear something in order to remember it.

Books with headphones

Visual learning doesn’t require one to be artistic. It simply requires you to adapt a way of visualising a topic in your head. Most do this by diagrams (such as, spider diagrams, coloured trees etc). Most visual learners use keywords (or buzzwords) to recall a specific point of a topic. One word (can) leads to a whole sentence because of the different associations with that word/phrase.

Coloured pens

Practical learners tend to do better if they can physically use there hands to capture the moment/content. For example, some people construct an object which has meaning to them.

Learning what’s right for you is paramount. However, knowing what type of style you have doesn’t necessary mean you’ll succeed in your chosen topic. Try to make associations, such as, sounds, what was happening in the news the day you learnt about World War II (as an example). The more associations you have, the more triggers you can activate in any given situation. Yes, this includes exams, presentations etc

Post 22, over and out. Good luck

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