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 or visuals, or simply by reading books?
I prefer learning by an interactive setting, one- on- one not so much. About one-on -one, I have reservations.
I think I was in third standard, I had a bit of problem with some science questions. My test was next day, I asked my eldest brother if he could help me, well he was more than pleased to offer me help. I do not recall exactly what it was, I only remember it was something about Physics. My brother explained it, but he repeated it so many times I thought he must think I’m stupid, I excused myself and said, “Dada(Bengali word for eldest brother), I understand please don’t repeat anymore.”
Then he asked, “what’s the next question?”
To avoid another round of repetition I lied and said there’s no more I understand the rest.
Next day after school my brother was waiting for me, he asked, “How did you do in the test?”
“I got five out of five in the question you helped me with, but two out of five in the second one which I read by myself,” I said.
“See,” he said, you did not let me explain it.”
“I know,” I said, “but you repeat it so many times.”
I learn through lectures if the Prof. is not reading straight from the book, his voice drags, and he has no intonation to keep me interested.
Visuals are a very good way of learning which I’m doing now when I learn the three languages i.e, Farsi, Spanish and French.I have some background in Spanish and French, but none in Farsi.
I also learn well when I read books.