How do YOU learn?

10 Feb

You have to learn a new skill. Do you prefer to read about it, watch someone else do it, hear someone describe it, or try it yourself?


The TEACCH method would do well, rolled out across the teaching community, to be honest. This Chinese proverb sums it up beautifully. You can talk to someone all you like explaining how something works, but unless they see the process or method, the theory may well not mean anything. 

You can show someone how to do something, tell them, but, again, there is still a 50% chance they still will not get it. Take directions for example. You can tell someone where to go, they might remember, they might not. You can draw a map, there’s more chance, but that depends if they translate your map on top the roads they see before them. 

Once they have driven the route and done it a few times, there is a LOT more chance they will remember, should they have to do the journey again. 

The same works with teaching. Make everything a PRACTICAL experience where you can, after the theory and the demonstration, and you are MUCH more likely to ensure secure knowledge. 

Me? maps work much better for me than written instructions. TOM-TOM or some other interactive 3D map, even better. But, until I actually drive it myself, there’s no guarantee I will remember tomorrow, let alone next week. 

That’s how I always learn. I am a visual, practical kind of person. 

How about you? 




9 Responses to “How do YOU learn?”

  1. Marilyn Davies February 10, 2013 at 16:08 #

    This is so true, I learn exactly the same way.

  2. sha'tashari February 10, 2013 at 18:07 #

    I believe the method depends on the skill needed and what is already known.

    • Being Special February 11, 2013 at 10:28 #

      There is always an element of that, that’s true. It also depends how people best learn, visual, kinaesthetic, auditory, but i think the principles are still the same, with regards to delivering and learning?

  3. ahmedabadfca February 11, 2013 at 03:50 #

    I just need to follow a particular route more than once to get it mapped out cognitively in my head, and then I could go there just following my cognitive map. Dunno how that works, coz it’s inside my head!! 🙂

    • Being Special February 11, 2013 at 10:30 #

      That is perhaps because you are a person who learns and remembers through internal videos? Some people construct still images, some remember sounds, some replay an internal video inside their mind.


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