Daily Writing Prompt: What’s your learning style?

Do you prefer learning in a group and in an interactive setting? Or one-on-one? Do you retain information best through lectures, or visuals, or simply by reading books?

I feel like this is a completely useless writing prompt.

Who the fuck cares how I learn?

However, I have always learned best through lectures and self-study. I like to have someone present the information, concept, or whatever to me. Then, I can take that information, the Internet, and text books and figure it out from there.

For strictly informational topics that require at least some level of memorization, I have always done better just studying the material on my own. A lecture or classroom time is almost always useless in this situation.

As far as a medium for the information goes, written has always worked best for me. I can handle lectures and audio, but I just transcribe it so that I can read over it later.

Now that I have answered the prompt… I feel like the more interesting writing prompt would have been:

How do you choose what you want to learn?

For example, How many times have you had to sit through a psychology class in school or a safety class at work and hated every second of it, but when you go to a class regarding your discipline of study, (for me a programming class), you love every second of it?

I guess the obvious answer is that the programming class pertains to something I enjoy and the other classes pertain to something I could care less about.

On the other hand, I have watched 20+ hours of Jordan Peterson lectures on YouTube and have enjoyed every second of them, but I have never liked a psychology class I have ever been to.

So to answer the second writing prompt, I feel like I choose what I want to learn based on two factors:

  1. What interests me.
  2. The ability of the teacher to make the subject interesting and applicable to my life.

I wish I would have figured this out in college.

I would have chosen the teachers for the “bullshit” classes based on their teaching style instead of based on who gave the easiest tests.

What makes you want to learn something?

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