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Guest Post: The Sin of Ignoring Your Learning Style-Learning More Effectively

Surviving in the job world today almost always requires a college education. Most career fields won’t take an employee without at least a bachelor’s degree, and more and more often a master’s degree or doctorate is required. It’s important then that people learn how to do their best in university studies, and the most effective way to learn how is to know their learning style.

The book “The Five Love Languages” illustrates and teaches how people express affection in five ways, and that every person has a single, more dominant way of communicating love. The same principle is true of learning: people learn in all sorts of different ways, but there is one crucial, paramount learning style that really drives knowledge home for them. The three main “learning languages” are Audio, Visual and Kinesthetic. Before those styles are covered in detail, it is very important to remember a few skills that must come before those styles can be put to good use.

Foundational Skills

Self-discipline plays a huge part in getting through college. Higher education has almost become synonymous with a fancy free era of parties, vacations, and carefree living. It’s not; university degree programs require students to work hard, and that can mean skipping the barbecue to finish researching musical theory of the ’70s. (Which, come on, is not really that bad of an assignment.)

Hard work is exactly what it takes to do well. The course content is only useful if a student is willing to put their nose to the grindstone and do what is required of them by professors. Grindstones may not smell too good, but they’re the way to achieve the sweet smell of success.

Now, on to the Styles…

Audio

Some students are more prone to understand directions and absorb information through hearing it; classes that focus heavily on lectures work extremely well for this type of student. Being able to discuss the information and repeat it aloud will greatly aid this student in their studies. They should ask questions that will provoke statements with the needed information in them.

Visual

Students who learn visually need to see the information. Seeing pictures and reading about the subject matter enable these students to learn best. To study, this student should take copious notes and read over them before quizzes and tests. Audiovisual presentations can be especially effective.

Kinesthetic
Kinesthetic learners are the students who need to take a hands-on approach and actually do what they are being taught. Instead of reading about the physics of trebuchets, they build a trebuchet instead. Instead of studying musical theory, they learn how to play the piano from practice.

Teachers would do well to identify the styles with which their students do best. Whether or not the students are aware of their own style, a teacher or professor should help students find their it. Students should also strive to discover the way in which they learn best. Ignoring their learning style can have disastrous and disappointing effects on their college education and progress through life. The difference between an A and a C can often be just a slightly better grasp of the information.

Stephen Cline has an MBA and has worked in the finance industry. You can follow him on Twitter @stephlines or check out his writing at http://www.economiccrisisblog.com/.

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