The Learning Process

the learning process

Adults learn differently from situations because every individual comes from a different background and has a different view point. What I might feel is personally important, may not be that important to another individual. There may be a student who can learn information more quickly than others and who can competently present the material they learned, but then turn around and forget the information because it had no purposed to them once the class was over. Unfortunately, that “student” was me until I transitioned into an online learning environment. When I was an undergraduate student I was required to take certain core courses to obtain my specific degree. Most of the time I would just memorize the necessary information so that I could do well on the tests, but because the material was not purposeful, I forgot almost everything that I should have been learning throughout the duration of the class.

I truly believe that if teachers would assign more self-reflection to the material within their courses that students would be able to engage and relate more to the coursework they are required to learn, and in return find their classes more meaningful. My recommendation also ties in with the idea that “learning is multifaceted”, since students do not retain as much information if they just focus on memorization. If the professor is underestimating the potential that they have for teaching their students, then why bother teaching in the first place?  If essays, journals and short response assignments are provided rather than just formal tests, a student might be able to exercise their minds and feelings further; again getting more purpose out of the material.

What are your thoughts on the learning process and different learning styles? Are you a good formal test taker or do you prefer short response and essay comprehension exams?

Sooner than later,

The Tiny Professional

17 Comment

  1. I agree all the way with your assessment of the learning process; we are obviously all different and have different life experience to draw upon, all factors which affect the learning process. I think educators are stretched to the max these days, sadly. It seems more fewer and fewer resources are available to help teachers address these factors, individually. An unfortunate effect of bare-bone educational resources these days. Again, it seems wise to ask, where are our priorities in terms of financial support of such a vital social infrastructure. Great post bringing awareness to this issue.

  2. Rosey says:

    Rote memorization has its place, but not as the fundamental way to learn. I prefer hands-on learning, and when that’s not possible, group interaction is awesome, I’ve found, for driving home points that might be otherwise difficult to remember.

  3. Heather says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more!! I did the same thing in college and this is trickling down to elementary school. Kids are simply studying until the next test and “learning” in and of itself doesn’t mean much to them. This is why I am putting my kids in Montessori school for the first couple of years at least to foster that love of learning, not just to make it to the next test.

  4. Michele says:

    I agree totally with what you said up there! When I first went to college-I memorized and remembered little to nothing. Then I went back at age 40 and although it was harder and maybe I did not do as well on the tests but I still remember what I did learn to this day.

    1. Felicia says:

      Michele I can attest to age as a motivation learning factor as well. When I was in high school I felt that socializing was more important than learning. Clearly I did not have my priorities straight. Once I started college and made the change to a self-reflection type learning environment, I started to enjoy learning because I felt that I was getting so much more value out of it. Maturation plays a part in the learning process for sure!

  5. what a great and thoughtful post. i have a lot of friends that are teachers that would enjoy reading this. thanks for sharing!

  6. Natalie says:

    My best friend is a teacher and I’ve passed your blog along to her! I think she’d really enjoy it :)

  7. Jenna Em says:

    Yes, I’m a good formal test taker, but in university the multiple choice questions were very tricky.

  8. kungphoo says:

    I have to agree with you on the learning process.. I do not learn like everyone else.. I am more a hands on person and can learn allot from visual aids.

  9. Sheila says:

    sounds cool, it’s a refresher info on my part. I agree with you. i used to be a elem teacher and handled over 45 kids in one classroom setting with different level of learning. I had to make instructional materials that is catchy. as for me, well I am not really a good test taker. I suck at memorization. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and views

  10. Mom Blog says:

    Everyone has their strengths and for some, test taking just isn’t one of them. My son has an excellent memory so test taking is as easy as pie. Good grades were always easy for me too, but my husband was another story. Test taking was not his forte’.

  11. Ashley M says:

    Completely agree, I’m in the middle of obtaining my bachelors degree and I feel like I have learned nothing over the last few years. It’s all very general and rarely has real world applications. I’ve noticed my 400 level classes are more insightful but I feel like I have wasted so much time.

  12. I have been into teaching a few years back…. Couldnt agree more with you!

  13. Liz Mays says:

    That’s why some teachers were excellent for me and some were awful. Different teaching styles may or may not work for individual students.

  14. Amanda @ Erickson & Co. says:

    I completely agree that we all have different learning processes. That is why in school the teachers will have to teach the same concept more than one way. This was interesting to read. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Coralie says:

    Everyone learns differently. I have found this out with my kids – they all go at their own pace but when it clicks – its like WOW! lol. I do ok with tests and haven’t really had many problems but I know so many people from volunteering and everyone is different.

  16. I am a strong believer in everyone has a learning style. I can not handle audio. I need to see things and touch things. I can not just listen to it.

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