Like fingerprints, no two individuals are exactly the same or possess the same learning or work style. We prefer to use sensory modalities when we process information and demonstrate a distinct ability for remembering complex information better than hearing, seeing or experiencing or mastering it through hands-on learning alone.

In straightforward bullet form manner, here are the six ways:

1. Recognize that each person is uniquely different, has different strengths, and learns differently. You are most effective when you use your strengths otherwise this will lead to less productivity and wasted time at home or at work;

2. Identify your own learning or work style by observing the way you perform using the following: bright or dim light; with or without background music; the kind of furniture; persistence (finish to the end or sa simula lang); sociological (alone or with pair or group); visual, auditory, tactile or kinesthetic; “Trees before forest or Forest before trees;” impulsive or reflective;

3. Once you know your style, use it to teach yourself anything that seems difficult or challenging. When there is greater harmony between how you learn and how you work, things will seem easier and move more rapidly;

4. Determine whether you are a step-by-step analytic processor or global learner who needs to see the big picture before you can concentrate on the details. Each of these learners is equally intelligent but functions differently;

5. Arrange or re-arrange your learning or work environment to take advantage of your learning or work style. If you need space, don’t work at the desk where you keep your computer. If you need to take breaks, structure your time to allow them but make sure you return to the task after your set of intervals; and

6. Forget about the age-old wisdom “What you don’t know won’t hurt you.” What you don’t know about your learning style strengths can hurt you. Although people can be productive in the wrong style, they are significantly more so when they work with their learning style.

There is a massive body of studies on the relevance of learning or work styles in both education and work settings, thus providing evidence that understanding one’s own learning is critical to personal growth and achievement especially in this COVID-19 pandemic and the use of blended, online or distant learning education platforms.

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Henry S. Tendero is the Founding President of Education For All Development Center and Dean for Life Skills Program at St. Clare College. He is the author of educationally inspiring books like “Super Teacher Excellent in Teaching;” “Breakthrough Ideas in Education;” “Cooking Up a Creative Genius;” “Aha! I Gotcha!;” “Using Passion and Laughter in Your Presentations.” He can be reached via email: [email protected] and FB: Henry Soleta Tenedero. Like and follow his FB page: Life Skills for Life Success.

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