Writing Prompt: Learning Style

What’s your learning style? Do you prefer learning in a group and in an interactive setting? Or one-on-one? Do you retain information best through lectures, or visuals, or simply by reading books?


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This was a tough one. After a bit of thought, however, I realize that I learn through all styles, aural (auditory-musical), physical (kinesthetic, tactile), visual (spatial), verbal (linguistic). Each style depends on what I’m doing. The learning style I use when I’m playing piano is vastly different from the learning style I use when I’m cooking. It’s all relative and can additionally depend on my mood and interest level. There is always the tendency to box ourselves in and then act based on the limitations we’ve placed on our learning abilities and our lives.

Depending on what I’m learning, I am able to function in a group or one on one. Learning and retaining information through lectures, visuals or by reading is subjective. For example, I may attend a lecture on a subject matter I am interested in. However, if the lecturer is boring, I am inclined to shut down. My aural learning ability which works well for me when playing the piano typically reverts to me having to take copious notes in order to retain the information—I half listen, only for the purpose of writing what I can down. Without my notes, I typically wouldn’t remember much of the lecture. But with a charismatic lecturer, I tend to listen so keenly that I could repeat virtually everything the lecturer said.

It always amazes me how each learning style takes center stage at different times. I typically don’t notice it given that it happens automatically. The information is retained, or not.

I also realize that because I have varied learning styles, I am able to learn various subjects and skills easily. The sky is the limit. I will explore the world and the myriad possibilities.