Learning is a part of everyday life. We never stop learning.
However, the different ways in which we learn are very interesting to me.
As a person with dyspraxia, I’ve gone through school having to tick boxes for teachers to a certain extent. The boxes I had to tick, were being a visual and auditory learner.
What I mean by this, is that I had to sit there, try and absorb loads of information, which is difficult for a dyspraxic person to do and also have my eyes glued to PowerPoint presentations.
I know for a fact that I don’t learn best by trying to listen to a teacher and watching PowerPoint presentations.
Application is how I learn best. By applying knowledge I pick up in a variety of subjects, I can complete a task in my own time via trial and error.
Now, trial and error can make me quite frustrated at times, but this really only happens when I don’t have the time I need to do a particular task.
So if I could do something in my own time and could find a few different methods, it would help me to learn how to do things and also which way works best for me.
Basically what I’m saying is… I’m a kinesthetic learner. I think I could take an educated guess at predicting some of my fellow friends from the Dyspraxia Foundation are also kinesthetic learners.
By being practical and proactive about things, it only helps us especially as dyspraxic people as we can find the things which will help us complete tasks.
I’m not by any means trying to say the other 2 ways of learning are completely irrelevant, but I felt that I had to learn like that through school and college.
For example, if I talk about something such as driving, I’m being a kinesthetic learner by driving the car, but I think I also learn by looking at diagrams of different road situations and how I would act.
With auditory learning, I could also pick out small bits of information, for example, names of people or some forms of statistics and data apart from if you were trying to tell me what the exact number of decimal places pi has.
The bottom line is, the way we all learn is very interesting, but I feel that in some situations, dyspraxic people especially should be guided to learn in the way that works best for them and not via the textbook 24/7.