The Way I Understand Things

In school, we all are forced to learn in similar ways, if not in the same exact way. And for a bunch of us, the way we are normally taught doesn’t help as well as another method would.

Some of us strive in a classroom setting, interacting with other students, and doing things as a group. Others do better working one-on-one, or alone altogether, doing the work themselves. Some do better with visuals, while others just need a passage to read. Some of us like it better when things are read to us, and writing down what they feel is important, others can’t focus as intently. We’re all different.

Personally, I did better with small groups of people, or even just by working by myself. Interaction made the work easier for me sometimes, while other times, working with other people would be more distracting than helpful. It all depended on who I worked with.

But I was always a better learner at doing things myself than being lectured. Similarly, I do better at showing people how to do things step by step, rather than instruct them.

I especially found this out whenever I would be asked to help my younger siblings and cousins on math homework. I might be okay with words on paper, but I am horrible when it comes to face-to-face interaction. And helping the kids with their homework was no different than trying to speak to strangers like a normal human being.

But when I would grab a piece of paper for me to write on, I found how easy it became to physically show and explain each step. Doing the work physically myself, and showing them each step as I went, helped my younger siblings and cousins way more than just lecturing them ever would have. Honestly, I think if I hadn’t written anything down, my telling them how to do their work would have confused them even more.

I also found out about my learning style with both dance and driving; being told how to do something, and doing it myself, are two totally different experiences for me. I can’t learn jack by word of mouth. I need to see you physically do the thing you need me to maybe once, and then, after a few trials, I can get it down. It’s just so much easier to learn that way for me.


Prompt: 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, visuals, or simply by reading books?

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