It is possible to learn with ease and enjoy your learning process!
In fact, this is the most natural way for humans to learn something new. If you are struggling with learning, this can be remedied.
Are you familiar with the terms, visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning? Did you know our schools and universities are primarily focused on auditory learning yet this is not the predominant way most students learn?
“Approximately 20 to 30 percent of the school-aged population remembers what is heard; 40 percent recalls well visually the things that are seen or read; many must write or use their fingers in some manipulative way to help them remember basic facts; other people cannot internalize information or skills unless they use them in real-life activities such as actually writing a letter to learn the correct format.” (Teaching Students to Read Through Their Individual Learning Styles, Marie Carbo, Rita Dunn, and Kenneth Dunn; Prentice-Hall, 1986, p.13.)
Each individual learns differently and has a distinct preferred learning style. Auditory input is most valuable for some; others rely upon visual input. Still others learn through kinesthetic means, or a combination of the three. Each person usually has a primary learning mode. Once you identify that mode, you can learn to maximize it and enhance your education and learning experience.
- Auditory learners tend to benefit most from traditional teaching techniques. They learn best when directions are read aloud or information is presented and requested verbally.
- Visual learners learn best with visual learning: “Show me and I’ll understand.” They learn best from diagrams, charts, pictures, video, and written directions. These students value to-do lists, assignment records, and written notes. Some of these techniques also benefit kinesthetic learners.
- Kinesthetic learners thrive when fully engaged with the learning activity. They integrate information quickly when participating in a science lab, drama presentation, skit, field trip, dance, and other hands-on active activities.
Recently, it’s been discovered that kinesthetic learning benefits everyone of all ages by touching, feeling and experiencing the material first hand. Because of this, much of education is shifting toward more kinesthetic approaches. Hands-on teaching techniques are gaining recognition because they meet the needs of all the learning styles. I call this experiential learning.
Whatever your primary learning style is, students of all ages can struggle in some areas of their education. Perhaps you’re a math whiz but struggle with writing papers for English; or reading comprehension is slowing you down or holding you back. Maybe you excel at science but history just doesn’t ‘stick’. Maybe it’s easy to express yourself verbally but when you write your thoughts, it just doesn’t come out the same. It’s not uncommon to have challenges in some area of learning no matter how smart or gifted you are.
Let’s face it, in our education system in the U.S. there are pre-requisites and testing to be sure you’re working at grade level and qualify for particular programs. Some of these requirements are just not in your area of talent or interest but necessary to get to the next level of your education. In my experience, even if a subject doesn’t come easily or is just plain boring, you can still get the grades you need to continue to move toward your education goals.
Brain Gym activities diminish frustration and anxiety while enhancing your learning experience. And, if you are one of the multitudes who are affected with test anxiety or being organized and completing your assignments, this can easily be alleviated.
One of the most beneficial tools I use is Body Brain Profile Assessments (BBPA). Different from learning styles, a BBPA helps you discover even more about how you learn best. There are 32 possible combinations and knowing your profile gives you valuable information on what happens to your learning when stressed and how to enhance your entire learning experience.
Connect with me on the Contact Page and let’s talk to see how I might be able to help make school easier for you. I enjoy working with small groups and it is a cost effective way to bring more ease into learning for you.