Studying styles- learning skills
Have you paid attention to your learning style? Do you use to sit calmly, almost motionlessly? Do you use to talk or sing to yourself while learning or to move around
It appears that different people learn in different ways. One of my areas of expertise is learning skills. In working with students of all ages, I have found that there is more than one way to
.study. Every student has a unique way of processing material
There are many types of learners: the auditory learner, the kinetic learner, the visual learner, the visual
. auditory learner etc
In this article, I will talk about the two main types of learners. I will try to help you recognize what kind of
student you are and how maximize your learning effectiveness.
One type of student is the visual-kinetic learner. The visual-kinetic learner watches the writing on the board in class, writes a lot in the class or studies the book, and internalizes the material through the eyes and through the writing. For this person, studying is much easier because the learning takes place in a more conventional way.
The visual-kinetic learner usually has better concentration skills and can sit and listen or read for hours. From my experience, the visual-kinetic learner may have a difficult time understanding and coping with the methods of other kinds of learners.
The second type of learner is the multi-sense learner who absorbs the learning material through the visual, auditory and kinetic channels. In order to concentrate, the multi-sense learner must be active, engaging in self-talk or talking with a partner, moving, eating, listening to music, or constantly changing learning locations.
This kind of person is not necessarily hyperactive, but most hyperactive people learn best through multiple senses. Multi-sense learners often get left behind. According to social learning norms, there is one right way to learn - silently and motionlessly, taking a lot of notes.
The multi-sense learner will often try to adapt to this norm. Failure is a frequent experience because the
studying does not then take place in a manner that best suits that type of student
?So, what should you do if you are a multi-sense learner
The first step is to understand and accept your learning behavior and not try to fight it. Secondly, you may have to adapt to achieve the learning style that is best suited to you
In class you might write some of what the lecturer says and still find a way to be active. You may need to eat or drink during the lecture in order to activate your other senses and avoid getting bored
In studying, it helps to learn through hands-on experience. Moving around before, during and between learning units is useful. Talk or sing quietly during studying, change learning locations, listen to music, and take frequent breaks. Group learning can stimulate retention. If you tell yourself, "I'm choosing to study in the way that best suits me and it is OK!” your chances of success in learning are greatly enhanced
Now perhaps you can more easily recognize what type of learner you, your children or your friends are
.Remember to use the style that best suits you
-if, for example, you are a visual-kinetic learner and your sibling, your child, a friend or a co
worker is a multi-sense learner, it is helpful to show tolerance.
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