Which Type of Learner Are You?
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Online learning, self study or live classes…? Choosing between the different learning options is not as difficult as you think. Getting the choice right can simply boil down to knowing your personality. Read on to discover which one could be right for you.
The disciplined student
If you’re one of those people who never procrastinates, who can set a schedule and stick to it without anyone supervising you, then it’s a safe bet you are naturally disciplined. This is an essential characteristic if you’re considering self study, as setting your own timetable and sticking to it is part of your path to success.
The undisciplined student
Are you someone who feels good putting off till tomorrow what you can’t do today? Or maybe you need a schedule imposed on you to force you to open the books and get cracking. In this case self study is not advised and your best bet is to look into online learning or live classes: in both cases the program is fixed for you, and you will work to a set timetable, giving you that all important direction in your studies.
The busy student
Is your life all about juggling schedules, running from one place to another? Do you prize flexibility when it comes to fitting studying into your life? If so, self study will enable you to shape your timetable around your needs. If you’re looking for some structure though, online learning could also be considered – your program would be set for you, but you would have the flexibility of connecting from wherever suits you.
The interactive student
Is feedback important to you? Do you feel the need to interact with peers and with instructors? If so, live classes should definitely be top of your list. You will be able to ask questions in real time and benefit from hearing the answers to other questions asked by your peers. Taking part in group discussion and receiving instructor feedback will also enrich the experience that comes with live classes.
Finally, how fast a learner are you?
One other important consideration is how quickly you feel you can absorb knowledge. A live class suits someone who is good at absorbing knowledge and moving on, while self study, with its freedom to revisit texts as often as one wants before moving on, would be a solution for those who like to learn at a slower or more flexible pace.
And the good news?
The good news is that studies have shown that no one type of technology is better than another when it comes to learning, in terms of the results produced. In other words your choice should not be swayed by thinking that one method is technically better than another – it is all about choosing the one that suits you personally and going with it. Good luck!
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