Methods of learning

Learning Style

What’s your learning style? Do you prefer learning in a group and in an interactive setting? Or one-on-one? Do you retain information best through lectures, or visuals, or simply by reading books?


We all learn best in varied ways. Some people learn best in a team when team members share ideas and support one another. In this scenario, the strong pull along the weaker ones.

This method has its setbacks.  While the stronger ones may pull up the weaker ones, the weaker ones are also likely to pull down the stronger ones.

Next are people who learn best when they sit in a classroom and listen to the teacher. What the teacher tells them sinks and sticks. Without a teacher, they find it hard to read on their own and even if they do, they hardly understand.

The ‘loners’ like to study alone. When there is nothing or no one to distract them, they will remain focused for long hours on what they are learning. This makes things much easier and they more quickly understand.

This is my best method. As a thinker, I enjoy being alone. This enables me to focus on what I am reading. Of course, like the other methods, this one has its set backs too. The main one is there is no one to help in case of difficulty.

Actually it is hard  to find a learning method that is without its shortcomings. A method may be found to be good now, and obsolete tomorrow.

Thus, I can hardly say I will forever stick to one method alone. At one time I may be comfortable learning all alone; and at another, I burn with the zeal to learn with others.

Learning today is much easier than it was several years ago. There are more learning facilities and teaching aids than at any time in history. I do not mind using some of them to enhance my learning. This is where modern communication technology triumphs.  It makes learning a joy.


2 thoughts on “Methods of learning

  1. Very true about modern communication technology. When I tell people I used to spend hours in the library at university they look very confused. I sometimes wonder how my university days would have been different if the web had existed back then!

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