We all learn in different ways.
Some by following the teacher, the professor, the mentor, diligently and methodically.
Some learn visually and write their notes with colors rather than words.
Some learn through their ears.
Some learn by doing - the kinesthetic learners among us.
And some - like me - learn best by being self-taught; by figuring things out for myself. By making mistakes and yet still finding a way. Finding how to be a student MY WAY.
BUT how do we learn WHAT is the best way for us to learn?
I think the answer is already there:
Do you rather listen to a book in an audiobook rather than hard cover? Congrats! You're an auditory learner. Are you an A student and every teacher always loves ya? Well then! You are the teacher's dream. Do you visualize when people speak to you? Why hello, visual learner! Do you feel the need to get up and embody what someone is telling you? You may be a physical learner, or a 'by doing learner.
Society, well - the western society that is - loves to tell us we are all individuals and unique in our ways. We all grew up on some notion of 'there is no one else just like you in the whole wide world.' But while society may recognize one aspect of our individuality, it often forgets that we are all different in our learning style too. So even if you find out that you are an auditory learner, for example, you may find yourself trying to be the teacher's dream over and over again, thinking the change has to happen in YOU and not in the teacher's dream itself.
It's never too late to find your way to be a student.
Dig deep, make mistakes and study hard.
In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
Header Art: Daniel Landerman