How Do You Learn?

Schools everywhere act on the assumption that every child learns the same way.

But this simply just isn’t true.

Every student learns differently. And for students to have to be forced to learn in a way that doesn’t fit how they naturally learn can be difficult for them to have to deal with.

In the book “Managing Oneself,” Peter Drucker, who was the founder of modern business management and a Harvard business professor, says,

“Many first class writers – Winston Churchill for example – do poorly in school. They tend to remember their schoolings as pure torture. Yet few of their classmates remember it the same way. They may not have enjoyed school very much, but the worst they suffered was boredom. The explanation is that writers do not, as a rule, learn by listening and reading. They learn by writing. Because schools do not allow them to learn this way, they get poor grades.”

This is important to know because it’s true that there are a myriad of ways that people learn. There isn’t just one way.

Many people, who are like Churchill, learn by writing.

Some people learn by speaking to others.

Some learn by listening. In fact, nearly 30% of the population are auditory learners.

Some learn by taking notes.

Some, like myself, learn by reading.

Some learn by doing.

And others learn by hearing themselves talk.

Understanding how it is you learn isn’t just important knowledge in relation to education. It’s also important to know how you learn for your personal success as well.

When it comes to self awareness, understanding how you learn is the easiest piece of self awareness to learn, and is also one of the most important pieces of self awareness to learn.

Drucker says,

“When I ask people, “How do you learn?” most of them know the answer. But when I ask, “Do you act on this knowledge?” few answer yes. And yet, acting on this knowledge is the key to performance: or rather, not acting on this knowledge condemns one to nonperformance.”

So, how do you learn?


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