How do you feel about your education? Do you find some teachers “have it” and others don’t?
Most importantly have you ever asked yourself "How do I learn best?" Answering this question alone may reveal why some teachers light you up and others shut you down.
The ancient Greek maxim "Know Thyself" still applies today. Because once you know yourself you will know what you need in order to learn. You see, every student has very particular needs in order to learn. That includes you.
Let's start with the obvious. You have eyes, ears, mouth and a body. These are your major learning organs which determine your dominant learning style. In other words how you like to learn best. They are called:
To believe that the above learning styles are the only way you learn would be inaccurate. You learn through all three modalities at the same time. Can you imagine how difficult it would be to learn if you sat through an entire lesson with your eyes closed, or your ears blocked or sitting absolutely still? There are other ways that might help you to know yourself and learn. Ask yourself "How important is it for me to learn by:"
Once you have asked yourself these questions start to notice which teachers include these qualities in their lessons and how it affects you. Ask your friends which teachers they like and why.
Lastly ask yourself what could my teacher do differently that would make me a happier student? Think about how and when you can ask your teacher so the teacher realizes you are serious about how much this would help you learn better. Don't express it as a complaint or ultimatum. This never works and most likely will create more discomfort between you and your teacher. I suggest you practice this with a good friend, your coach, a parent or someone you trust first.
For more information to help you know your learning styles I recommend you read “Quantum Learning: Unleashing the Genius in You” or my blogs (see below). You can also hire a Teen Coach to help you understand your learning styles.
Good luck and pass this blog not your parents, friends and teachers.
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