As I’ve mentioned before in probably a billion and a half videos, learning is one of those things that some of it’s taught in school but I don’t think there’s enough emphasis on the fact that people are different, people learn differently. There are different approaches at different times that are more effective than what’s taught in school.
Unfortunately, there’s not enough focus in school to pinpoint the preferences and the skill levels of each individual in the class because it’s an individual thing. Each person varies a little bit and other people are going to be optimal learners, the visual type or the auditory type or the kinesthetic type and you just won’t know unless you look for it and know what to look for.
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You, however, have probably found out you’re an auditory learner. Congratulations, you can now focus on learning information in an optimal way that’s above and beyond anything that you’ve come across thus far in life. What you’re looking for is medias or training or offerings of the information in an audio format.
It’s really that simple. If you’re the best at listening and then taking in information in an auditory way and it’s translated into something that sticks, then you’re going to want to do audio books, you’re going to want to do seminars, you’re going to want to talk to people face to face, you’re going to want to do the phone, you’re going to want to do web-based training that maybe has videos but of course is going to have a pretty thick audio content too.
What you don’t want to do is have something that is primarily test taking or reading a book or group activity or very interactive quizzes, something that is focusing more on your hands-on or visual involvement is not going to be as useful to you as straight up taking in the words in your ear holes.
Now, if you’ve never listened to an audio book, it is just like when you were a kid and your parents were reading books to you, only done more professionally and can be sped up. So you can get through a 300 page book in 4 or 5 hours. You can put it on your phone, you can carry it with you. You can be learning basically 24/7, wherever you go.
You have a mobile audio library. It’s actually a beautiful thing. Now, you probably want to have some kind of notes or be able to mark certain sections while you’re going through it so you can come back and reference them because even though you’re taking in, it could be good to have cues to bring you back to that audio book or lesson for further reference.
Basically, do not sign up for learning in a way that involves anything visual or kinesthetic. Do the words. Do the talking. Do the do. Do the words. There isn’t much more to say about it than that. The biggest part of my auditory learning experience was audio books and then some of the web-based training. That was most helpful. And lectures, of course, like they did in school, in college.
Hope that helps. Get some audio books. Your local library has it free through overdrive media. It’s pretty simple. Get a couple weeks to listen to an audio book, put it on your phone and you’re done.