Understanding Your Learning Style

Fortune Cookie Life Lesson #13

Learning is a treasure which occompanies us anywhere.

 

There are so many ways to learn. Some of us prefer to learn through visualizing while others prefer to learn through instruction that is given to us. Not one learning style works for everyone, and sometimes more than one method can benefit the way we understand things. Being able to understand which style works best for our individual needs will help us further our understanding. Everywhere we go we can usually learn something new. Wheather we are traveling to another country and need to be able to understand the language or giving a presentation at work the next day if we know how to learn our best we will go a lot further down the road. Here are seven different learning styles to help you decide which is the best way you can get your best-educating experience.

1. The Visual Learner
Do you love to read and can remember what you have learned? Then this style may work best for you. Visual learners do just that they visualize. The visual learner is also known as a spatial learner. Visual learning style studies by using vision and will be taking notes in class, and may sit in front of the classroom so that they can have the full visual experience. Many visual learners are good with faces and not so good with names. These individuals can give right directions and can read a map front, sideways, and backward. Maybe not exactly like that but pretty close. They tend to daydream and might be caught doodling when bored. An excellent way for you to learn is to take notes, make outlines and graphs.

2. The Verbal Learner
Verbal learners do well when they write or are spoken too. It is easy for a verbal learner to express themselves. When these types were kids, they loved tongue twisters and rhymes. Many times, if there is a word that someone cannot think of a verbal learner, will get it for you. Lists are great ways for these types, and they will be excellent spellers. In a group setting, they may carry a recorder to tape what they need to know and often they will talk to themselves to solve problems. Rhythm and music are great for verbal learners as they find this very satisfying. Good study habits for verbal learners are reading notes out loud and repetition. Also reading textbooks or lessons are an excellent way for them to understand the concept.

3. The Aural Learner
Aurel learners learn best with a combination of listening, speaking, and hearing. Sound and music are very beneficial to these types. Many times the aural learner will be excellent singers and musicians. They must be able to hear what is being said and the primary focus for them is sound. When they are reading, they tend to have sound in the background. Aural learners make excellent storytellers. There will be times when they will come up with solutions to problems by talking through the situation. The best way for an aural to learn is using rhyming and mnemonics to help with memory. Also, it is beneficial for them to record lessons and review them frequently.

4. The Physical Learner
A physical learner uses their hands and bodies. They love to touch. Kids and babies are great physical learners. Many times physical learners will be involved in sports and exercise. They tend to like textures and love to work with their hands. Physical learners will use body language to express themselves. An excellent career to look into for a physical learner is Culinary Arts. My husband is a hands-on type and is most happy when he is cooking. He went to Culinary School and enjoyed it and excelled at the curriculum. The best way for a physical learner to study is by using objects such as flashcards to help with memory.

5. The Logical Learner
A logical learner uses reason to solve problems. They will use numbers and are comfortable with them. This type will also do a lot with cause and effect. Many times they are mathematical and enjoy doing these activities. Patterns are fun for the logical learner, and they may perform complicated calculations. These people would enjoy dealing with targets and budgets. Most times they create agendas and to do lists. They may even pick up on logic weaknesses and point them out. The best way for the logic learner to understand is by adding lots of detail to learning. They study vital points and analyze. Breaking down more substantial material to more precise content is an easy way for the logic learner to grasp the concept.

6. The Social Learner
The social learner is the social butterfly of the learning style. They love the interaction with others and are excellent communicators. They can communicate in verbal and nonverbal forms effectively. People like to listen to the social learner, and the social learner will listen to those around them and accept other points of view. A social learner will bounce ideas off of those around them and likes to work through problems in a group setting. They thrive on teamwork and enjoy team sports. A social learner gets their energy from those around them. The best way for a social learner to study is in a group atmosphere. They also will do well with other people quizzing them on their content.

After learning about all the different learning styles, I concluded that I am mostly a verbal learner. I had a few traits in other categories but found that I do the best with language. I love to write, read, and spell and even remember myself as a child reciting all those nursery rhymes and tongue twisters hours on end. I am a list person and make them every day. By learning what kind of learning style benefits me, I feel this will take my knowledge journey to a new level, and I can accomplish more knowing what fits me best.

Being able to learn something is a treasure. We get to experience something new and take it with us wherever we go. Understanding our style of learning can take us to another level that we may not have had otherwise. Find out what learning style works best for you and use it to your best advantage.

5 Fantastic Ways to Learn Something New and Gain New Horizons in Your Brain.

Fortune Cookie Life Lesson #7

Knowledge is priceless.

Think about all the things we have been able to learn throughout our lives. From the time we were in diapers to being productive members of society. When we were children, we were always taught. We were taught how to tie our shoes, brush our teeth, and read. As we grew older, there was driving and school that we attended. We may have had a job that taught us about the world, and it’s expectations. All throughout our lives, we have gained a vast amount of knowledge some of this knowledge has cost some money, and some of this knowledge was merely given to us. If it were not for all of the experiences we have attained throughout our lives, we would not be where we are today.

Repetitive task every day does not challenge us in any way.  It creates an autopilot, and we go through the same function without ever growing and learning.   By learning something new, we are allowing our brains to build new pathways. Learning lets us grow.  Not only do we grow but each new thing we learn we gain empowerment and are able to conquer new things.  What a boring world, we would live in if we never learned anything. Here are five ways to get out of autopilot and build new horizons.

1. Take Notes and write them out.

Write out the notes old school and see the change in the way you learn.  I feel like when I write notes out versus the other methods I don’t seem to remember as much.  When we write things out, we are using many different things to help us not forget.  We have to look at what we are writing and take the time to write it on paper, and when we are finished, we have to re-read what we wrote.  Every time we focus on our notes we are giving ourselves the opportunity to remember and focus on what is essential.

2. Practice

Among all the many things I do one of them is working on finishing my degree.   I am currently in college working on my Bachelors with a focus on communication.  I am now taking Spanish courses because I would like to one day be a bilingual speech pathologist.  One thing I have had to learn when studying Spanish is that it requires lots of practice and that is precisely what I do.  I practice every day and will even write it in the schedule book just so I know I need to get it done.  Practice makes perfect, and the more you practice, the easier something becomes.  It may take a while to get it down, and there may be some bumps along the way but keep practicing, and you will see how much easier it is to complete.

3. Set up a time to learn and make it short. 

I always thought that if I sat and studied something the whole afternoon, I would retain so much more information but unfortunately, all I did was burn myself out most of the time, and it made it harder to remember what I was studying, to begin with.  Short study sessions are so much better, and I don’t review more than 30 minutes at a time with breaks in between.  Taking breaks in between gives me time to refresh and take in the information that I have just retained.  My tea break usually involves only 10-15 minutes at a time. I love tea and tea takes you away from the world.  In that time I try to stretch or get a glass of water. Take this time to refresh and gain some mental clarity.

4. Teach Someone

When I first learned about this one, I was a bit skeptical, and then I became a homeschool mom.  With homeschool, you are in charge of teaching and at first, it is scary.  My son was getting into Algebra, 1 and I needed to help him, so I felt that I needed a review of this course myself.  Back in my younger days algebra was not my thing and one thing I noticed was this time around things were more clear for me to understand.  I was learning and understanding and that helped me to help my son when he needed the extra help.  A teacher friend once told me that if you want to learn something, you should teach it and that is the absolute truth.

5. Rest your brain.

Rest is vital for most good things.  We need to rest to be our best.  Power naps and meditation are excellent practices for relaxing when you need to learn something.  Don’t forget to be your best you need to take care of your self.  You can always come back to what you are learning, and you will come back with a clear and focused vision.

Being able to learn and master a new skill is essential to our human development.   Taking the time to grow and master a new technique will pay off in the end.  Following these steps will not only get you there, but you will understand and know what you are learning in a clearer and concise environment. Go out today and find something you want to learn. Take your brain to new horizons and do it today.