What’s your learning style? Do you prefer learning in a group and in an interactive setting? Or one-on-one? Do you retain information best through lectures, or visuals, or simply by reading books?
I took a learning style assessment before I did my nursing degree. It found that my learning styles were evenly balanced between spatial (visual), physical (kinesthetic), aural (auditory) and verbal (linguistic). I find that quite accurate because how I best learn is often different depending on what I am trying to learn.
I can learn through written instructions but I do not do as well through the drawings that accompany instructions. Which makes sense, since I can barely understand any part of a map. However, if I watch someone perform the task then I can often imitate their actions. Often if I am getting confused a mixture of learning styles can help me find my way.
I like taking copious notes, it helps me retain information and provides a ongoing reference. When I think of parts of lectures I often do so through the tone of the person that spoke it. It cements the information more strongly in my memory. I am
I learn well in groups or 1:1 settings. Although I can be struck with anxiety in either style of learning. I find it easier to hide in a group and reduce my anxiety by just being one in the crowd. It can be a pain trying to learn through the haze of anxiety and the energy to manage how stressed I am without anyone knowing.
I enjoy lectures but I find that I take notes and can write other things as my mind seems to appreciate doing two things at once. I often wrote essays at the same time that I took notes in class. Not sure why it works but it does. I often do two or more activities at once, like knitting or reading together and having the tv on as well.
I have found that if I can not understand something in my own terms,then I can fail to learn anything. It made it interesting that I consider myself quite a concrete thinker and had to find my way among theoretical thinkers. It was not a pretty meeting.
I like learning in a variety of ways and I also like learning new things. Sometimes the gift isn’t what you learn but the journey on the way to that end point.