Everyone learns in different ways. Aspire Training Team identify each individual’s learning style to ensure learners are able to complete their tasks in a way that suits them best.
The three primary learning styles are:
A Practical learning style – try things out to learn how to do them.
An Auditory learning style – you like to have things explained aloud or read to you.
A Visual learning style – you prefer to see or read things to learn.
In fact, we all learn through a combination of these learning styles. So whatever your currently preferred learning style, the more you can develop skills in all three areas, the easier and more successful your studies will be.
There are many ways practical skills can be developed. Try writing down main points on post-it notes so you can physically move them around to try new orders, or see new connections. Make to-do lists to aid your preparation and research skills. Another effective method is taking the time to invent your own symbols and abbreviations for note-making and technical language- or even learn shorthand.
Some learners have said taking part in role play has been of great benefit to them. Learning through physical experience has been proven to assist in helping some people remember things.
One of the most popular ways practical learners learn is by breaking activities down into small, step-by-step, real tasks with positive and quick results/outcomes.
Auditory skills revolve around sound and speech. A fantastic tactic is to record sessions on a tape recorder (make sure to get permission of anyone else in the group first!) so that you can listen back as many times as you want to later. For personal revision, try recording yourself reading aloud your notes, or key revision points. Bonus points for playing your favourite classical music in the background: classical compositions have been repeatedly proven to aid in memory and concentration.
Auditory learning is not just listening, but also speaking. Make sure to contribute to discussions and group work by asking questions, offering ideas and summarising, or giving feedback on activities and tasks you have observed.
Those with a visual learning style prefer using images, pictures, colours, and maps to organise information and communicate with others. You can easily visualise objects, plans and outcomes in your mind’s eye. One method of developing visual skills is by using coloured pens and highlighters for the main points or using different coloured paper or file dividers for different topics or tasks.
Making your own style template for notes e.g. squares for facts, bubbles for ideas and boxes for questions, has also proven to be a popular way of organising information. It also helps to ask to be shown or watching someone do a task before you attempt it, as well as observing closely during any activity so that you can remember more easily by visualising it.
Some people remember best by reading- ask for written instructions that you can note-take on, or highlight. Better yet, write your own instructions- lists, bubble diagrams, even pictorial reminders.
Now that you have a better understanding of how you currently learn, it would be helpful to discuss with your tutor ways to tailor your learning to your style, and develop your skills in other areas.
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