Learning Styles and the Importance of Continuous Learning
We all have different ways of learning, but a number of us share learning styles. Whilst the majority of us will have our most common way of learning new things, we also adjust and adapt our learning styles to accommodate different situations or circumstances. It is said the most common learning styles are:
- Visual, also known as Spatial – Learning using pictures or images or creating and thinking in pictures when hearing something.
- Auditory, also known as Aural – Learning through sound, i.e. listening and speaking.
- Verbal, also known as Linguistic – Learning through reading and writing.
- Physical, also known as Kinesthetic – Learning through physical activity i.e. using the body or sense of touch.
There are a few other learning styles such as Logical – using logic, reasoning and systems, Interpersonal (Social) – most effective learning in groups or with other people, and Intrapersonal (Solitary) – working alone. There are pros and cons to some of our learning styles, but adjusting and adapting to what works best for us as unique individuals is part of our learning. I invite you to do your own research and identify and learn more about the learning style that is best for you.
“The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.” – Brian Herbert
Learning is constant – it happens in different ways, sometimes without us even realising. We learn when we have to use new technology, enter new environments, and there are times we need to relearn things we might have known before or done before but are out of practice. We learn to improve our knowledge, so we can grow and develop to increase our independence personally and professionally. When we do this, we feel more confident in ourselves and our abilities, we perform better, and it can improve – amongst other things – our mental health and overall quality of life.
There should be no excuse to not learn because gaining knowledge in the 21st Century is more accessible than it has ever been before. Technology has made it possible to learn about almost everything. YouTube videos have helped individuals learn a new skill, online assessments and tutorials have helped individuals learn more about who they are, and online learning platforms have helped individuals access levels of education they were unable to attain before.
As a young woman starting out in my very first job, without any higher education or qualification, I felt I would never amount to anything successful or worth being proud of because I would never be able to choose what I wanted to do. I very early on learned how wrong my assumption was, and that hard work, a willingness to learn, coupled with an interest to know more so I could excel, actually came with some rewards. The first taste of how powerful and empowering continuous learning was inspired my thirst for knowledge in what I was doing and what I was interested in. I am passionate about self-development and am immensely proud about just how much this passion drives me.
In my home, I am challenged daily by my three children. I learn so much about myself, I learn from my children, and I go in search of information to learn how I can care for and assist my children. It is critical to understand how best your children learn too in order to help them become more aware and confident in their abilities and style of learning.
I cannot stress enough how critically important it is to also share your knowledge of whatever you have learned in life so far professionally and personally. I believe that as much as we are learners for the rest of our lives, we all have a responsibility to also be teachers in many facets of our life. It is therefore essential we get the learning right, we set an example by embracing continuous learning and inspire others to do the same.
So be in a state of continuous learning – whether it is getting to know the things and prices in the supermarket, doing a crossword puzzle, learning to tango, speak another language, doing a short course or getting a degree – learn something new every day.
Until next time…
Yours in Adapting & Being