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Learning Styles

Learning

When you are learning in a group, such as at a CAMEX session, it is good to understand how you PREFER to learn so that you can open up to the possibility of adapting what is happening during the session to your preferred style.

CAMEX programming offers choices in topics, competency areas, levels of expertise, time of day, etc. Through identifying your learning style, you will be able to capitalize on your strengths and improve your CAMEX experience.

What is your Learning Style?

Assess your learning style

There is no such thing as a “good” learning style or a “bad” learning style. We all have our own particular way of learning new information. The important thing is to be aware of the nature of your style.

The academic discussion of learning styles can get quite extensive and very complex. For our purposes, we are going to keep it simple and focus on the three basic Learning Styles.

  1. Visual
    Visual Learners learn best when they can see information. Pictures and images help them understand ideas and information better than explanations. They prefer to gather information through reading, observing models, charts, graphics, and demonstrations. They remember things best by seeing something.

    Students of this style are drawn to paintings, crafts, and other arts. They also tend to have a strong sense of imagination and are known to be very creative.

  2. Auditory
    Auditory Learners learn best when they hear the information. They prefer to have someone tell them how to do something first then read about it later. They gather new information through listening, understanding spoken direction, following logic that is explained verbally, and welcome background sounds when reading or learning. They remember best through hearing or saying things aloud.

    Because listening requires more concentration than seeing, students of this learning style are usually more attentive in class and can distinguish different ideas just by listening to them.

  3. Kinesthetic
    Bodily Kinesthetic Learners prefer to understand new information by actively touching, manipulating, arranging, acting, showing, and experimenting with various physical approaches for experiencing first-hand. They remember best by writing or physically manipulating the information.

    You are probably a kinesthetic learner if you are fond of tinkering with gadgets, trying to find out how they work. Someone who exhibits this particular learning behavior can remember how to do things after they’ve done them once. Students of this particular behavior are more “doers” than thinkers.

Determine how you can best learn while attending CAMEX.

Now that you have determined your learning style and know your preferred conditions for learning you can plan accordingly.

Do you want to challenge yourself? With this new information at hand, you may want to take a self-directed approach and apply your style to an education setting taught in a different style. Remember, there is no “good” or “bad” style.

For instance – if you are a Visual learning and someone is drawing pictures and charts you are comfortable with the style. However, if someone is lecturing, you will probably want to draw your own picture or create your own mental image so that it makes more sense to you.

If you are an Auditory learner and someone is lecturing, you are comfortable with the style and will probably take notes in your own words. However, if someone is drawing pictures and graphics – you will want to take notes, in paragraph format so you can express your understanding of the material.

If you are a Kinesthetic learner and someone asks you to come up and demonstrate a new device or review a new material, you are probably very comfortable with the style. However, if someone asks you to sit and take detailed notes you might want to envision the skills required and take notes accordingly.

Preparation for CAMEX

If you are a visual learner:

  1. Print the handouts.
  2. Bring pen and paper to take notes and make lists.
  3. Color-code your notes.
  4. Watch for sessions that will show you how.

If you are an auditory learner:

  1. Print the handouts and consider reading them aloud and even taping yourself reading them to identify the key points.
  2. Review session descriptions and select discussion oriented sessions so you can listen and contribute to group interaction.
  3. Prepare to dialogue with other CAMEX attendees.

If you are a kinesthetic learner:

  1. Consider signing up for a retail or campus store learning tour (details online in October!) to see successful store operations and ideas you might want to implement at your store.
  2. Prepare to discuss real-life learning events with other CAMEX attendees.