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Learning suggestions

Do you ever wonder why some people are known as “straight A students” while other people struggle in school – even though they’re smart?

Do you know people who didn’t finish high school, and have found great success in their careers?

People learn in different ways. And no one has a better learning style than anyone else. Some experts say there are as many as seven different learning styles; but it’s easier to narrow it down to three types of learning . . . we’ll call them:

  1. Listening learners
  2. Seeing learners
  3. Touch / experience learners

It’s simple really. Think about one of life’s earliest lessons – often taught by our mothers: The Stove Can Burn You.

  1. Listening learners heard their mother, believed the information, and never touched a stove.
  2. Seeing learners watched their brother touch the stove, and never touched it.
  3. Experience learners touched the stove; but only once!

“My dad is a self-made millionaire with his own business, yet he can barely read the headlines in the newspaper. I don’t think he’s ever read a book. He’s probably dyslexic, but he’s 70 years old, and when he was young they didn’t know how to teach for that style of learning. He’s one of the smartest people you’ll ever meet, and most of his “learning” has been through experience and believing in himself.”
~ A WorldWide Learn user- Randall Shirley

Depending on what kind of learner you are will depend on how well or how much you will learn in training.  Those than can incorporate more than one type of learning grasp concepts easier and faster.  Conversely, trainers SHOULD incorporate in their schools measures that allow for all 3 types.  I was always fortunate to be a good listener that really helped me in interrogations.  I grew up as a seeing learner because my father would always say, “Don’t ask me – WATCH me.”  I told the story about how, as a young kid, I would watch my father make Hawaiian throw nets.  As I would ask him questions, he would give me the 5 word response basically saying BE QUIET and learn.  After I watched him daily stick his toes in the net, stitch and pull, I ventured off one night to try it myself when he was not around.  In doing so I forgot his number 1 rule – DO NOT touch other people’s things!

When he came back and saw me I tried to stop but to no avail. “A’ole! [STOP]….Hana Hou [repeat or do it again].  Then he said, “Huki” [meaning PULL].  As I pulled I could feel the rope digging in my toes.  I painfully continued for about an hour.  I learned 2 lessons from doing.  How to make the net from watching and doing and the second lesson, DO NOT mess with other people’s stuff.  OUCH.

I am writing this blog today because I was wondering if any of you have ever asked anyone in your network if you could shadow them to listen and see how things are done.  Can you imagine how much more you can learn by shadowing a detail [staying out of the way] and seeing how it is done from start to finish?  Alot more that you can by reviewing those hundreds of pages of manuals and anonymously written books.  Warning, everyone may not be open to the shadow idea but this should not stop you from trying.  I have allowed shadowing on select cases and was told that it enlightened the individuals about the behind the scenes part of the CRAFT.

Trainers, if you do not include all three ways of learning you should probably find a way to do so.  If your course is not proportionately split between the three you will see students scratching their heads and afraid to ask what they perceive as the “Dumb question.”

2 comments

  1. E-rich

    Great read me being a trainer of NSI I learned how to properly give the training so that the individuals who took my class would be engaged by how I presented the information. I felt that I needed to see everything in person of what I was training others on so that I can give the correct info but be able to go in detail if they needed a better understanding. As a contractor I try to gain as much knowledge whenever I can I look for classes I can take to gain more knowledge I even pay for my own training when the contract company won’t. I appreciate this blog.

    1. Eric Konohia

      E-Rich,
      Thank you for your comment

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