Life is a teacher they say. From the rising of the sun to its setting, our lives are like vessels that gather experiences. From the contact we have with others and the environment, our experiences shape our perceptions and these perceptions arise from learning from our experiences. This is to say we are constantly learning and it won’t be out of place to say that we are all students of life. But they are different types of learning and although we are all students of life, the lessons we derive from our experiences are different from those we get from being taught a topic in schools, seminars or workshops.
It has been suggested that society depends greatly on the development of the minds of its people. Hence, the importance of learning and learning well. Discovering your learning style will not just help to assimilate but will make learning easier and fun.
The idea that people learn differently may seem far fetched for some individuals. However, Howard Gardner proposed that there are four fundamental ways of learning;
- Impulsive and Reflective
Rather viewing learning styles as only during teaching; Gardner opines that learning styles are the ways in which an individual approaches a range of tasks. Gardner argues that the idea of learning styles does not contain clear criteria for how one would define a learning style; where the style comes, and how it can be recognized and assessed. For some individuals however, learning may tilt towards visuals and auditory, for some kinesthetics. Hence, I view learning styles as a spectrum in which people share all aspects but are stronger in others.
What is key is finding your strength; and what I have discovered is that your strength may depend on the task at hand. Therefore, be conscious of your learning needs and find the best way to ensure you maximise learning.
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