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