What’s your learning style?

#341: 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?

Woah – that’s a lot of questions in one prompt! But hey, I’m up for the challenge set before me (I.e. answer all of the questions without creating an incredibly boring post!).

So, my learning style is a combination of methods (as I’m sure is the case for many others). I am capable of learning within an interactive group setting as well as during more tailored one on one sessions. And I am also able to retain information through lectures, visually being shown how to do something and occasionally, through the odd book. However, the key to my learning is note taking. So long as I have a pen and paper, I behave like a sponge soaking up all of the information available. With said notes, I can read them as many times as I like so to cement the knowledge into my brain and when I am putting what I learnt into practice, I can reference them if need be.

Fifteen credits

#233: Another school semester will soon begin. If you’re in school, are you looking forward to starting classes? If you’re out of school, what do you miss about it — or are you glad those days are over?

A bit of both to be honest. I’m referring more to my Uni days as opposed to secondary school/sixth form days, and not just because there were fewer lessons thank you very much! At the time, I didn’t love Uni when the deadlines/exams were around, but I loved starting new lessons – entering a new lecture room, starting a new book/folder and taking an insane amount of thorough notes. There was something so gratifying about the whole process of newness… and of course learning. I think that’s probably the thing I miss most – learning something new every week. I’ve always loved learning and have realised that doing a job I know everything about can get quite boring. I’m a sponge that really does need to learn new things at least once a month, otherwise I feel like things have gotten stale or super mundane. I struggle to imagine that anyone wouldn’t want to learn new things and improve themselves – knowledge is power and all that. The mind boggles…

Back to school

#207: If you could take a break from your life and go back to school to master a subject, what would it be?

I would choose to master either Spanish or British Sign Language, because they are both languages I’d love to be fluent in but am yet to even reach a basic level (through self-teaching). I have never had lessons in either of them and, after extensive research, have realised that classes are actually quite pricey, so to have the opportunity to go back to school for free would be amazing! Never thought I’d say that about school…