Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Hearing (Auditory Learning)

Hearing (Auditory Learning) the Basics

Explanation of Hearing (Auditory Learning)

This refers to your ability to learn by listening. A person tells you something and you remember it. You are able to recall information that you have been told.

Do I do any of these?

  1. Discussions and debates
  2. Talk aloud
  3. Remembering stories and details people have told with ease
  4. Enjoying asking question and receiving verbal explanations 
  5. Listening to auditory CDs; studying to music

If you said yes to a few of the above...

or similar behaviours you may want to adapt your learning and performance to a more hearing method.... and see if you have any changes in your work or education.

Friday, 9 November 2012

Visual Learning: The Basics

Explanation of Visual Learning

Visual learning is the ability and skill to learn via any visual stimulus (pictures, patterns, films and arts). Visual learners find it easy to remember a story by using a picture, or younger learners tend to learn letters through pictorial representations of the alphabet.

Visual learning does not mean that you have to be an artist; it means that you learn via your sight.

Do I do any of these?

  1. Do I enjoy looking at the pictures in a magazine verses reading the article
  2. I find visual puzzles easier to solve than verbal riddles
  3. I remember directions via landmarks
  4. Uses pictures in my daily activities
  5. Visual Art stimulate or interest you
  6. Enjoy designing and co-ordinating colours/objects/styles/patterns

If you said yes to a few of the above...

or similar behaviours you may want to adapt your learning and performance to a more visual method.... and see if you have any changes in your work or education.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Learning Techniques

Did you know that every person, including your child, has different learning techniques?

What many parents, individuals, teachers and others do not always realise or acknowledge is that we all have different learning styles. The best learning or study technique for yourself may not be the same for your child, a friend or even spouse.

The results of using the incorrect technique is that you do not reach your true performance level; frequently feeling frustrated or defeated.

How do you change this?

The initial step is to identify how you learn, or how your child learns. Start by watching your daily behaviours: do you remember numbers with ease, do you enjoying seeing pictures, having a debate with friends, using your hands, doing activities or enjoy organising and creating structure?

These basic observations are the starting point of understanding how you learn... they lead to trial - error action that ultimately defines the best method of learning for you. Understanding how you learn or how your child learns affects your work performance and your child's academic performance.

The key point to remember here with regards to your child is that even though you may have identified their key learning style - not everyone is an academic AND THAT IS ABSOLUTELY FINE!

Some basic styles of learning:

  1. Sight Learning (Visual Learning)
  2. Hearing (Auditory Learning)
  3. Reading (Auditory Learning)
  4. Speaking (Auditory Learning)
  5. Writing (Auditory Learning)
  6. Touch (Tactile Learning)
  7. Movement (Kinaesthetic Learning)
  8. Doing - Hands on (Practical Learning)
One of the following blogs will address how to identify these learning techniques in yourself and your child, as well as, how to apply this to your work, studies and general performance areas of your life.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

The big question: Parenting?


What did we think of our parents and our childhood...

Do you think that because we were children and experienced our parents raising us that (from our own childhood views) we are then knowledgeable parents?

Is it possible that parenting from a child's perspective would influence our parenting? Or make us experts in parenting?

Take some time, think about your parents, your childhood, how you behave as a parent and your child's reactions to your parenting, do you notice similarities or differences between your parents and yourself?

We all have experiences, we have all been children and developed opinions, views and perspectives about our parents and how they raised us. This begs the question though that are we experts at being parents from our own experiences, were our parents and will our children be?

Who are Parenting Experts?

There are many people who proclaim to be parenting experts; you have varying backgrounds, qualifications and experiences. As parents you have to sift through and find the diamonds in the rough (as it were). 

I believe that no one can be proclaim to be the ultimate and all knowledgeable in this field because children are unique individuals. The parenting skills and techniques to raise one child can vary considerably to the next. Children like adults have views; some professionals will stereotype gender parenting approaches (parent and child) and others will umbrella parenting as universal and can be applied to all children. The view that I follow is to view parenting as unique, personal and a holisitic approach to your child.

How do you feel about "Parental Guidance"?

My experience and research has shown me that many parents are hesitant towards parent guidance as they feel it "attacks" their own parenting skills or role as a parent. How do you feel?

As a parent are you open to advice? Do you feel your child is the concern? Or is it teamwork between your child and you?

How would you like the world to view parenting and how would you prefer professionals to approach you as a parent?

I would love to hear your feedback...