The process of learning is critically important in all human beings and understanding your individual learning style is key for effective learning. Learning styles is defined as the composite of characteristic cognitive, affective, and physiological factors that serve as relatively stable indicators of how a learner perceives, interacts with, and responds to the learning environment (Keefe, 1979). Learning style is the way each person absorbs, understands and uses information.
Some of our learning style may be inherited. That is why we are born with certain traits that affect how we learn. Learning styles are therefore very unique to each individual and as is also the case with myself. However, in the course of our lives, we must adapt to a wide range of learning situations-- and it is very likely that some of these situations will not conform to our strengths. The trick is to continuously build on ones strengths while developing other strategies and skills.
I've learned that I am a Visual learner. Visual Learners learn best from what they see: diagrams, flowcharts, time lines, films, outlines and demonstrations. There are four benefits that come to mind regarding knowing and understanding ones learning style.
The first benefit is understanding how you learn best. Second benefit is knowing your learning style will allow you to identify study strategies that are helpful and those that are a waste of time. Third benefit is developing study strategies that are more effective based upon ones learning style resulting in greater academic success. The final benefit is less time is required when you study more effectively.
Some techniques that will allow me to improve my learning skills are to utilize flash cards to organize thoughts. The benefit of flash cards is that flash cards can be easily transferred. Sketch diagrams. Sketching diagrams can...