A New Approach to Learning

A new approach to learning

When you spend some time with young children, you quickly notice that they are virtual sponges for new information. The world is new and exciting for them, and they soak up everything that they can see, touch, taste and learn about.

Learning is practically magical for the young. But what of the young at heart? For too many of us, as we enter into adulthood the idea of learning in a structured online setting can cause us to break out in a cold sweat and send us into panic attacks at the thought of taking exams.

Experiences turn into learning

Not all learning is created equally. While some people do learn well through rote memorization in a lecture setting, a good majority of people do much better learning and remembering when the information is shared in an experiential way.

Everything that we experience evokes a feeling, and it's those feelings that either help or hinder the learning process. For some adult learners, experiential learning—the idea of obtaining information through multiple senses—is new. This type of approach can even be a little nerve-wracking, especially when students have “learning baggage.”

Take inventory of your learning baggage

Just as we have emotional baggage we carry with us about that first heartbreak, we can have learning baggage about a poor training experience. And as in relationships, we may not even realize we’re carrying that extra burden until it resurfaces in a similar situation. One of those areas in which learning baggage can rear its ugly head is when it comes to exam preparation.

Just the word “exam” can bring up a mixed bag of emotions. Fear, anxiety, and even physical symptoms may be associated with the word. And it’s all because of past experiences with exams.

Fortunately, when you know what your behavior is, you can go about changing it. Desensitizing yourself to the word “exam” and associating it with a new, more positive feeling is the crux of behavior modification—and it can do wonders to help you learn better.

How do you learn?

Before you can begin to take steps to learn differently, you need to know how you learn now. And you can also discover ways in which you are open to learning.

Visual learners may learn by seeing tasks completed, but may also absorb information by reading it. The person who learns just fine in a structured lecture setting may also have amazing retention of new material in a hands-on situation.

So identify how you learn now and open your mind to new ways to interact with information. You may find that you have a love of learning you never knew existed.

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