How do you learn?

Did you know that we all have different learning styles?  I certainly didn’t until I took an education class for tutoring certification in college.  There are those of us who learn best through visual demonstration, hands-on activities, writing/reading and/or listening. 

I learned in that class that I am very much a writing/listening learner.  That didn’t come as a shock since I always wrote mountains and mountains of notes.  I know that sounds boring and tedious, but it really works for me. I know a lot of people who are visual learners, they only need to see how something works and then it clicks.

What works for you?  I’ve always believed that a combination of things is best, taking notes while listening to the teacher, watching the results of an experiment while making note of the process, trying something out on your own and making record of it later. 

I’ve also learned that the classroom today is very different from what I had in high school.  Then, we took out physical textbooks and notebooks, we wrote notes with a pen or pencil and we physically turned in all of our assignments.  Today, I’ve noticed that many of my students have a school-issued laptop and it’s the tool they use to take notes, create and turn in assignments, and read textbooks.  For me that sounds like a nightmare, I feel the need to read or write something on a piece of paper, not a computer screen, but maybe I’m just dating myself.

 

What do you think?

 

That ‘new-fangled’ internet

exam-preparation I guess in all reality I should admit that I am getting older. And yes, yes before I hear the backlash, I know that I am not old, but I’ve noticed that learning methods and things I used to do in school are not done (or are done minimally) anymore. Now, I know that I was spoiled because we could and did use the internet for research, but I do remember the card catalogue days! But I know that my students today rarely use a textbook and do most (if not all) their work on a computer and submit assignments over the internet.

I am glad that I didn’t have to do this when I was in school. I know I would have struggled with doing everything on the computer. Given the opportunity, I would choose to write something down before I type it. And I am one of those ‘old-fashioned’ people who still has a daily agenda and doesn’t program my schedule into my phone. But the great thing about all the computers and the internet is we are so easily connected! Especially during this time of year, when everyone is cramming for exams, the computer makes even tutoring convenient!

So, we’re offering Skype tutoring sessions for all subjects for $35.00 p/hr. Now until May 20 you can book 3 sessions at a 10% discount!

It will save you a lot of time and some green and we all can use a little of that!