What is your learning pattern? (part 1)

What’s your learning pattern? In other words how do you prefer to learn new stuff? Generally there are certain learning patterns that every human has, and knowing your learning pattern or style, and understanding its pros and cons will help you to better utilize it. Let’s now look at some classic learning patterns. You can just go through them and of course identify yours’.

The reader

As the name innately suggests, a reader is a book-worm. He likes to read stuff to learn and understand, and books are his best friends. One key aspect is that they never get tired of reading, and enjoy the process. They also re-read books multiple times for greater clarity and better understanding.

Pros

  • They do not waste time pondering over a subject; they simply grab a book and start gaining knowledge
  • With so much material available on the Internet they can just read through the scores of content and quickly understand things
  • They are mostly high rankers in the schools and colleges due to this habit

Cons

  • They tend to get caught up in books and often fail to convert theory into practice
  • They do not explore subject on their own and wait for some reading material to emerge
  • They over read content, which isn’t required or is a time waster
  • They tend to be laid back a bit because of the reading habit

Recommendation

  • Try to practically use the subject that you learn. This alone can compensate for most of your drawbacks
  • Try to practically explore things based on your own intelligence and analysis rather than depending on some reading material.

The observer

Now who is an observer? These are people who tend to observe things and learn from them. They are basically or instinctively lazy when coming to reading books or any material in detail. They just like to look at things and create a mental map of how things are working; they just skim through books and try to understand the generic essence of the subject.

Pros

  • They are quick learners, they tend to understand and analyze things faster.
  • They are decision makers as they take a decision fairly quickly on any subject matter
  • They relate one topic to the other pretty easily and quickly
  • They are highly intuitive

Cons

  • They do not try to understand the subject in its entirety
  • They quickly draw conclusions, at times the wrong ones
  • They conclude on a subject quickly and later check on its correctness
  • They do not read through material in detail

Recommendation

  • Cross check before you conclude or analyze things on your own
  • Try reading stuff or take advices before basing your decisions solely on your observations

The experimenter

They just love to go out and do things, they start experimenting before fully understanding or reading something. They are people, on the move.

Pros

  • They are go-getters and doers. In a team they are actually the men who do stuff and complete a task
  • They are quick at practically trying out things
  • They tend to practically explore things on their own and do not wait for instructions.

Cons

  • The fail more often than any one during experiments and in the process waste a lot of time and effort
  • They are hasty readers, and start understanding things out through practical experiments only, often making mistakes, resulting in re-reading the books and related material for clarity
  • They practically explore everything, even if just a theoretic understanding of the subject is enough
  • They are not good with analysis as they are always engaged in doing things which keeps them pre-occupied

Recommendation

  • Try to slow down a bit and try reading and understanding something in good enough detail before experimenting

The miner

He is an extension of an experimenter; a miner starts where an experimenter ends. They are people who are not satisfied with what is enough. They are thirsty for more and crave for knowledge, this keeps them digging deeper to get more and more information out.

Pros

  • They understand a subject in its entirety
  • They can become subject experts on a particular area

Cons

  • They waste excess time in understanding things that mostly are not required or are not important to them at that point in time
  • They cannot move on to newer topics as they tend to stick on and dig deeper with earlier topics
  • They often fail to understand how much information is enough for them, as they feel more and more knowledge will make them special, but in reality they may be acquiring unnecessary information
  • They only tend to be specialists in one single area

Recommendation

  • Understand how much information is needed at a particular point in time and stop there and move on to the next subject which may need attention

The perfectionist

The name says it all. They want everything right and everything understood before they start experimenting or using it for practical purposes.

Pros

  • They are experts in their area
  • They understand every aspect of the subject
  • They become good advisers in a particular subject area

Cons

  • They take ages in perfecting a subject, which is mostly not required
  • Perfection is very hard to achieve and so they end up partially perfect
  • They are the best time-wasters, in the name of perfection
  • They are not go getters as they get caught up in the name of perfection.
  • They probably never complete or even start a task as they try perfecting it first

Recommendation

  • Understand how much to explore on any given subject and move on to the next one. Perfecting anything is only a highly specialized job, which most of us do not do

Conclusion

This is not an all exhaustive list and I’m not claiming that these are the only learning patterns that there ever exists. There are people who have mixed patterns as well, however most learning patterns come from the above listed ones or are extracts of the same. So hope you understood yours’.

 What’s next?

In the next part of this article we will understand why it is important to fully comprehend your learning pattern and how a trainer or a training institute can positively or even negatively effect your learning

 

That’s it for now, Cheers,

Sajith

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7 Responses to “What is your learning pattern? (part 1)”

  1. kiran says:

    Really Dam good analysis can be useful to come out the mistakes committing in the learning process …Thanks a lot

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  2. vikas reddy says:

    really its good stuff……

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  3. sach says:

    good stuff about learning process…

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  4. Rohini Chandra says:

    nice one.

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  5. Mohan says:

    Nice write UP. Thanks

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  6. jayasrikadiyala says:

    Good one……

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  7. aditya says:

    nice one..get to know pros and cons

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