One of the most important skills that we need in order to succeed is to learn new concepts and improve on the ones that we already know.
Do you think that you are an effective learner or do you feel like you find it difficult to learn and master new material?
It is important for us to discover our personal learning styles and also understand that different people have different styles or preferences.
As a teacher, you will most likely have students with different learning styles and for success, you may have to include several different methods of instruction.
Understanding the different learning styles also gives you an advantage in communication with others since you can use several methods of learning to get your point across.
For example, if your audience is predominantly a visual learning group like artists and designers, including excess text and numbers on your presentation may not be a great idea. If your audience is made up of accountants and other people who love numbers and graphs, you may want to include more graphs and numbers.
I came across this great infographic below that is based on Learning Styles Online and produced by Bluemango Learning Systems. I think I learn best when there are visual, verbal and social modalities of learning and teaching.
Source: Bluemango Learning Systems
One of the interesting aspect of this infographic is that we may not fall in just one or two styles and may learn best with a spectrum of styles with a few predominant ones.
Apart from the ones I mentioned above, I also learn well with logical information. I think that the context of what you are trying to learn and the environment where the learning is taking place is also important.
I recently published a post on the Discomfort zone and unleashing your creative adventure. To accompany the post, I created a visual presentation of the ideas and shared it on SlideShare.
If you are a more visual learner, you may enjoy the pictures and colors of the slideshow. Please let me know if you think that you understand the ideas better with the slideshow or did you understand the ideas better with the text article that I published last week?
What are your styles of learning? Let me know in the comments below.
Your comments are appreciated!