Let’s get into the nitty-gritty of the learning
I have been experiencing as a mentor, tutor or teacher for pre-primary student to 84 yrs senior citizen. As a Lectures for various Universities’ (Private and Government) with the decade long experiences, what I have learnt is- “Learning is not the same for everyone”. Learning has different approaches. There is not bad or good learning at all. Every method has distinct merits and demerits that work for certain types of people. Before you visit a seminar, meeting and even in a class just raised couple of questions in your mind-
- What is the Topic of our discussion today?
- Why this topic is important?
- How to implement/ use this topic?
- Figure or Process note
- Outcome (findings/Summary)
- Your understanding or what you will learn from the topic
Of course, in your writing you can apply the same logic-
- What is the topic about?
- Restate the topic what you understand in your way
- Why topic was important?
- Explain topic in details (1-2 paragraphs to show importance of topic)
- List out benefits or limitation using bullets or Numbering (If it is sequential order you have to follow use numbering otherwise use Bullets)
- How Section
- Make figure or make a process note clearly.
- Outcome(Findings /Summary)
- Finally conclude your remarks.
Here are some new approaches for learning new things:
Learning by sight
- Required audio and visual representation to the learner
- They prefer to communicate ideas by showing them in diagrams and charts
- Learn by sight and visual representation take benefits
- They want to make use of recordings and songs whenever possible
- Make use of color drawings, diagrams, chart, map and models to remember
- They use rhythm & rhyme, and other auditory stimuli to process information
- Take notes as much as possible
- They may struggle in lecture classes unless the instructor also makes extensive use of presentations or written notes
- Learning from other people’s reactions and perspectives
- They always want to be part of the group
- They are definitely people that prefer to be taught rather than trying to assimilate info on their own
- Process info through discussion
- “Bagmati Safai Abhiyan”, a community initiatives for cleaning Bagmati River is a good approach of this learning. This social initiatives was highly appreciated and followed for various missions.
- Will rely on feedback in order to refine and structure their ideas and take benefits greatly from positive tutor or teacher
- They have a strong connection and relationship with a mentor, tutor or teacher
- The opposite of social learning is called solitary learning (Learns best alone)
- These are independent thinkers who work better alone than in groups
- They are able to process their own thoughts without any help,
- This types of learners do not like disturbances
- A solitary learner seek a private and quiet place
- It’s important for solitary learners to have a clear vision or plan and find the proper motivation
- Independent learning generally needs less help from mentor, tutors or teacher
- They may take benefits from free and open access to lots of material
- This learner are introvert types
- They want to learn best alone
- This types of learning understands info through written or spoken language
- Learner may prefer written words or reading as opposed to listening or talking
- learner may prefer giving a speech or presentation as opposed to a written
- Skill learner might not be good at writing but expert in delivering speech
- Can deliver hour long speech like a Politician
- They listen or read more and more to gain knowledge
- This is a do-it-yourself or hands-on learning called Kinesthetic
- They learn primarily through the sense of touch, tend to struggle often in formal classroom settings
- They have great hand-eye coordination and quick reactions
- These learners have a very strong mind-to-body connection
- May benefit greatly from writing and drawing
- Kinesthetic learners are often gifted in physical activities like swimming, dancing, and other sports
- I found these types of learners lose interest quickly
- This is a do-it-yourself or hands-on learning type
- They may make use of body movements or other physical representations to remember ideas
- A teacher can carefully guide students with short steps that they will repeat multiple time
- Logical Learning by reasoning and tinkering
- This type of learning work with the ideas for longer periods of time
- They take benefits greatly from simulations and mental games
- This type of learning thrives on reasoning, logic, sequence and predictability
- I found most of the learner of this types are good Mathematicians
- The key to his learning style is reasoning and tinkering
- This type of learner needs plenty of time to fully investigate and tinker with a concept
- A logical learner really wants to understand how and why of something as opposed to just how to do it
- A key problem these learners often have is over-thinking or over-analyzing a problem
Shree is based in Butwal, Nepal. Shree holds a degree in M.Sc. (IT) and began working at New Horizons, Nepal Center in 2007-2012. After that Shree contributes to various reputed firms in Kathmandu with his years’ of experiences in Teaching, IT administration, Management and Consulting Services especially in Payment/Software industries (IT infrastructures and Security solution). Check about page for details!