Tips for learning

Do you ever wonder why some people are known as "straight A students" while other people struggle in school?
People learn in different ways. And no one has a better learning style than anyone else. Some experts say there are as many as seven different learning styles; but it's easier to narrow it down to three types of learning . . . we'll call them:
1. Listening learners
2. Seeing learners
3. Touch / experience learners


It's simple really.
Think about one of life's earliest lessons - often taught by our mothers: The Stove Can Burn You.
1. Listening learners heard their mother, believed the information, and never touched a stove.
2. Seeing learners watched their brother touch the stove, and never touched it.
3. Experience learners touched the stove; but only once!


Most people combine the styles of learning
Here are some everyday problems you might want to learn about. How would you learn more? Think about them - no way of learning is better than the others. Remember, the way you learn is perfect for you.


Situation #1:
You need to paint a room.
How much paint and what supplies do you need?
• Listening Learners might:
Call a painter, a friend, or paint store, and ask them for instructions before starting. Might attend a course on painting at the paint store.

• Seeing Learners might:
Look online for answers, read several websites. Go to a bookstore and find books and magazines about home improvement and painting. Go to the paint store and read the back of paint cans. Watch a course at the paint store.

• Experience Learners might:
Go buy a can of paint, a brush, and start painting. If there's not enough paint or you have the wrong brush, you just buy more. Eventually you learn how much paint and what supplies are required.


Situation #2:
Your boss wants you to plan a summer barbecue for 25 coworkers and their spouses/partners.
You've never planned anything before. How would you learn what to do?
• Listening Learners might:
Call a friend who throws great parties, and cry HELP! Attend an upcoming party, and ask the host lots of questions. Call a party planner in the phone book and try to squeeze some tips out of them. Attend a class on event planning.

• Seeing Learners might:
Search for "party planning tips" through Internet search engines. Look for books about catering, event planning, and party games at the library.

• Experience Learners might:
Dive right in-walk around to coworkers' desks to ask them how many people are coming. Find a place to hold the event, buy lots of food at the local deli and determine in your head if it's enough. Hire a country band you heard at the bar last week, and learn by experience that alcohol melts through paper cups!


Situation #3:
You need to certify in First Aid so you can become leader of a Scout Troop.
You haven't studied First Aid since you were a child. You decide to take a course at the YMCA.
• Listening Learners might:
You find yourself at the front of the class with a pen and paper, writing notes about everything the teacher says. You might be nervous about actually doing mouth-to-mouth on the dummy.

• Seeing Learners might:
You get a book about First Aid from the library and do some online research before ever attending the class, and immediately start reading the classroom handouts before the instructor even calls roll.

• Experience Learners might:
You walk in, see the dummies, bandages, splints, and other equipment and can't wait to try it all - the lecture might be dull and boring to you.

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