Learning Styles and Learning Theories

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Building on from the learning styles and theories I have covered, it is clear to see that although they target multiple learning groups; they fail to underpin any techniques, skills and strategies to become an effective learner.
“Many students can perform and obtain good results, but that itself may be insufficient to make them effective learners. Often the distinction between performance and learning is blurred and many students have difficulty reflecting on how they can learn to become better learners” (Gavin Reed & Shannon Green 2009). As you can see from this quote; within a school environment the focus is results orientated, which is deceptive given children cannot build up their learning techniques without reflection.

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It might sound self-explanatory but instead of thinking about why you should or shouldn’t do a task – just start it. Whether you’re jotting down a few words or key terms – do anything. Work for five, ten maybe fifteen minutes; at the end of that time period decide if you’re going to continue. The most difficult burden is in swing when you make a start, as little as it may be making a start is important.

Although these techniques help overcome procrastination, there are many distractions we face in our working environments. ”The many distractions we face both at home and at work are often responsible for our failure to motivate ourselves to begin a task.” […] “ At your work station your face constant interruptions from email, Facebook messages and […] instant messaging” (Jeff Davidson 2011).

As you can see from the above quotes the workplace is possibly the most distracting place to actually start working. Owning a computer is a gateway to more information than you could physically process. The techniques I have previously touched on look at the learner changing a mind-set, becoming motivated/positive and increasing cogitative observational skills.

The creation of a working environment should not be discounted as lacking in technique. Although an understated skill, building an optimum working environment creates a willingness to learn, to start, to motivate. Any working environment should speak to the learner
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