Explore Different Learning Styles.
Individuals have different styles of learning that originate from the three major cognitive learning styles involving visual, auditory and kinetics (Pritchard, 2013). Learners that prefer visual learning styles utilize objects such as graphs, pictures, and charts among others that help them see and analyze the information adequately. They learn better in lectures as they can watch, read body language, memorize what is presented to them as well as remember written content. Learners using auditory learning styles mainly retain information by listening and speaking the information out loud to memorize them.
Learners are keen on the various aspects of speaking and may concentrate better when taught in a room with soft music in the background (Jonassen & Grabowski, 2012). Kinesthetic is another style, which denotes that learners learn better using hands-on techniques; particularly in groups and they are usually good in mathematics and sciences. It’s important to note that even though students use a combination of these learning styles, they usually have a liking for a particular learning style over another. Thus, a student may prefer visual aids to hands-on activities to understand a lecturer’s instructions.
A Bad Experience and ineffective Training Session
Last year I attended a training session to introduce students to the field of internship which was attended by hundreds of youths. However, the training session was very ineffective as it did not take into account of people’s differences and the need for different learning styles. Moreover, the trainers did not engage the students in the learning process, which made it difficult to concentrate, leading to uncontrolled movement in the hall. The session involved mainly lecturing without visual objects and had limited breaks making the learning process so boring and tiresome. Additionally, there was too much destruction with people moving up and down, opening doors and windows and noise in the halls.
As I rely mostly on visual objects, I understood very little as they had no takeaway notes for reference. It was difficult to focus on detail information because learners who rely on visual aids lacked images to learn from to help them draw conclusions. Learning from a big picture helps a student make and internalize concepts maps to enable them visualize the meaning of the instructions (Pritchard, 2013). Thus, it was difficult to integrate new information and to contribute to the training session.
A good Experience and effective Training Session
A few months later I attended a conference organized by a particular club in the school, where we were being trained about leadership styles. The learning styles accommodated people’s needs as the trainers used audio, visual, and kinesthetic techniques. The trainers were vivacious and encouraged participation so that the students could pay more attention throughout the session. Moreover, there was limited distraction, so people were able to concentrate, and they provided us with notes and other visual aids that helped me understand the concept better.
The breaks helped the trainees interact and discuss the learned content, which facilitated further understanding and anticipation for more knowledge. Additionally, learners who had recorded the lectures had enough time to listen to the recorded material before integrating other new topics. Others could read their notes aloud to understand and prepare for the next topics, which made it easier for the trainers to forge ahead with the session. The learners who learn better through kinesthetic utilized the demonstrations and other hands-on materials available at the conference, which aided their active participation and understanding of the content.
Jonassen, D. H., & Grabowski, B. L. (2012). Handbook of individual differences learning and instruction. Routledge.
Pritchard, A. (2013). Ways of learning: Learning theories and learning styles in the classroom. Routledge.