Living and Learning –
I have written in past posts the difficulty I had learning as a child. You can read more about these difficulties in these posts ‘Learning the Hard Way‘, and ‘A Slow Learner am I‘. I was labeled as a ‘slow learner’ and a child with ‘learning disabilities’. Per Dictionary.com, certain criteria consider me ‘retarded’.
Some of those learning difficulties I had as a child continues today. The difference is today I understand and accept that which makes it difficult for me to learn. But, still today at times I become frustrated with the learning process. The frustration is mainly due to my learning style or method being interrupted and then concentration is lost. First of all, I am a visual person: I need to see something to learn something. Me sitting and listening to a lecture is a lost cause – I will receive very little from it. And if there is a visual portion, I may receive a little more, but I need my own set of visuals to learn.
And for me I learn best by myself; reading, researching, documenting, speaking out loud to myself – this is a great learning method for me.
I also need quite time, no noise please. No TV in the background and sorry Gary – no phone calls with speaker phone – please?
In the last job I held before retiring, I was a IT Quality Assurance Specialist. This company created software for devices related to delivery of communication. On the surface of any software; what the end-user sees and uses – we take for granted that it will work. If it does not work, someone did not do their job, usually that someone is Quality Assurance. My job was to make sure the software worked per specifications and requirements and it would not break anything else and it would be easy for the end-user to understand and use.
Sounds like an easy job, right?
For me not so easy, but I did find it challenging – and challenging is a good thing.
I would arrive early in the morning; several hours before anyone would else because I needed my quite time, no noise please.
You see, I had much to learn about those specifications and requirements I just mentioned. They were complicated and I had to know them inside and out; it was my job to ensure the software worked as it should. So there I was early in the morning with no noise no interruptions with my visuals and I read, researched, documented and spoke out loud to myself. I learned my way and I was excellent at my job.
Children and adults learn different ways – there are many different styles and methods to learning.
What about you, how do you like to learn?