Find What Type of Learner You Are and How to Maximize Your Learning Technique 102

Simple Ways to Manage Your Focus and Improve Your Productivity

This is a guest post by John Cole, a digital nomad and freelance writer.

Nobody gets very far in life, in love, or in business, if they aren’t prepared to make every day a learning day. Progress is vital if we are to be more than mere robots, to create a sense of achievement, and indeed just to keep things interesting.

For many people, the prospect of learning new skills and topics can be a forbidding one.

It’s because of the simple reason that they have struggled so much with learning in the past.

A bad learning experience can leave one feeling stupid, inadequate, and like you’ve wasted your time (and money). But more often than not, failure to pick up new skills or knowledge is due not to the shortcomings of the learner, but to the inappropriateness of the education process.

Types of Learning

As teaching theorist Neil Fleming has highlighted, we can observe five main types of learning process – what he calls VARK.

These are broadly divided into visual, aural, textual, and kinesthetic or experiential approaches. With the fifth type being a combination of the above.

Are you a visual learner?

If you’re the kind of person who draws maps instead of giving directions, or jumps straight to an image search of an interesting figure rather than going directly to the Wikipedia page, chances are you’re a visual learner.

Images and visually-presented information excites you, and more importantly it makes an impression on you. When you’re tracing your memory for a fact or process, you will likely try to remember things that you’ve seen, rather than sentences you’ve read or been told.

You can maximize this strength by seeking out course materials that emphasize a visual approach. Be it through illustrated texts or data visualizations. But also through pointedly taking a visual approach to your own studies. Do that by making sketches with your notes, illustrating relationships between concepts with diagrams rather than words or tables. And finding out whether it is possible to submit coursework in a more visual form than the traditional essay.

Are you an auditory learner?

Those who like to discuss their projects before they get started, or who listen to a lot of talk radio, or vastly prefer the phone to email, may consider themselves to be aural/auditory (talking/listening) learners.

In some ways this is quite a traditional style of learning: the classic lecture, seminar or group discussion. You will benefit from receiving information in the form of a talk or video rather than a textbook or a demonstration.

But often, talking and listening is downplayed in educational settings.

If you find you are being presented with work to do and left alone to fulfill it, it is worth pushing to get a group discussion together, formally or informally.

You might also consider reading your written work aloud to a friend so that you can check it properly and make sure that you’re really processing the things that you’re thinking about. And never miss the opportunity to ask questions when your teacher shows their face!

Are you a read-write learner?

Read/write learners will, quite predictably, often be the ones with a book in their bag and a pen in their pocket!

If your instinct is to scribble down scraps of information in the day – from directions to movie tips – and to hotfoot it to Wikipedia or your shelf of reference books when there is a new topic you want information on, then you will benefit from exploiting these techniques to the full in your learning life.

Never be shy to pull out a notebook and pen at a public talk or while reading a textbook on the bus. Making notes is like sowing the seeds of knowledge in your brain. Not to mention the fact that you’ll always have something to which you can later refer.

Are you a kinesthetic learner?

Experiential or kinesthetic learners just have to get their hands dirty to pick up new skills.

If you find that written instructions or YouTube tutorials tend to go in one ear and out the other, don’t be afraid to just pick up the tools you need (safety permitting) and use them as you learn.

You may find a class in a technical school or an apprenticeship is more beneficial to you than a traditional evening class or degree.

But whatever combination of these approaches suits you, the takeaway lesson is to not be ashamed or afraid of the way you like to learn. Everybody is different, and there’s no sense in wasting time studying in an inappropriate manner if the information just won’t sink in.

If you need a bit more help figuring out which style(s) is for you, try working through this new infographic, which also contains more tips on how to maximize your chosen technique once you’ve identified it.

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Every single blog owner out there has to understand how important it is to use really good, high quality, branded images. They are needed for much more than just the branding elements. You need to be sure that every single image used is of a high-quality standard since this reflects on the entire business.

Unfortunately, most people do not know much about how to create stunning images for blog posts and small businesses do not have the necessary resources to hire an experienced designer.

Fortunately, there are always various things that can be done and that you can take full advantage of. Also, different changes can always make a difference. Here is what you should always think about.

Use The Right Photo Editing Tool

Way too many think about the standard software that everyone talks about. If you are too conduct a better research you quickly realize that there are countless programs that can be used for photo editing purposes. For instance, Movavi Photo Editor For Mac is one that offers all the editing you need at around just 10% of the price of the top design programs of the moment. That is because you just get the main features needed.

For a blog, you do not need the same degree of editing as with a billboard so always look for cheaper options that can deliver exactly what you need.

Use Free Vectors and Images

Stock images do not have to cost you a fortune. In fact, there are hundreds of thousands of free images and vector graphics that can be used in your projects.

Instead of always looking to buy content that would be used as visual elements on the blog, free options can deliver what you want since you can use the software mentioned above to modify them. You are legally allowed to use them so why not try it?

Invest in a Quality Camera

Every single blog owner, whether a personal blog or a business blog, should have a good camera. Taking your own pictures is one of the easiest ways possible to save a lot of money on the long run and have stunning graphics. You only pay once for the gadgets you use.