Saturday, April 13, 2024

Have a meaningful Vaisakhi 2024

How do you learn best? What is your learning style?
The word sikhi means student, seeker or learner. A sikhi is committed to learning and growing. It is a lifelong journey. Today, we call it continuous learning.
However, to learn effectively and efficiently we must first be aware of the way we learn best. Unfortunately, many don’t. Furthermore, we live in a world that tends to educate using a ‘one mode fits all’ approach.
For example, are you a reader or a listener? If you are a reader, you likely absorb and process information more effectively through reading. If you are a listener, you understand and remember information better when you hear it spoken aloud.
It is of utmost important to ask, “How do I learn best?”. Some learn by writing, others by doing, while another by hearing themselves talk. If you learn by writing, school would have been an agony as it predominantly uses the reading and listening method.
You can take a step further by asking if you work and learn best with people or alone. Do you learn better under stress or do you need a structured and predictable environment? Will you learn better in a large or smaller organization? Big or small groups? What is best for you?
A simple way to start knowing how best you learn is to consider the 4 predominant learning styles: Visual, Auditory, Reading/Writing, and Kinaesthetic.
If you learn best using patterns, shapes, and other visual aids instead of written or spoken words, your best way to learn is Visual. If text-based input and output – reading and writing in all of its forms is your cup of tea, Read/Write. If you are the Auditory type, you will benefit most from lectures, group discussions, and other avenues that involve talking things through. You are a Kinaesthetic learner if you learn best via concrete personal experience like carrying out physical activities to practise applying new knowledge, simulations, recreating experiments and work-based learning.
Let us all be a better sikhi by knowing how best we learn.
Peace, anas

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