Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Selecting and Taking a Workshop or Class Based on Your Learning Style

I love learning! I love trying new things, making new discoveries, and improving on skills that are either entirely new to me or refresher courses for skills I need to better. How about you? What gets your brain moving and your creativity pumping?

One way to learn new things is to take a workshop. There are several options for workshops/classes. You can take a class online, visit your local retailer for classes offered, or attend a special event. Sometimes it's confusing to know which types of workshops, events, or classes are the best fit for you. Let's chat about learning styles for a bit.

We all learn in different ways. Some of us prefer seeing printed materials, or looking at a set of instructions. This type of learner is a "Visual Learner." Some of us prefer listening to a teacher or a lecture. This type of learner is an "Auditory Learner." And some of us prefer the hands-on approach and want to create while we're learning. This type of learner is a "Kinesthetic Learner." Knowing the way you prefer to learn will help you both select a workshop or class and to get the most of out of it.

Following are some suggestions on how to get the most from an event, class, or workshop based on the type of learner you may be. Note that we all combine three types of learning styles to create our best personalized learning style. But one style will likely stand out to you as the way you prefer to learn. To read more about learning styles, this article is particularly interesting HERE.

Visual Learner: Seeing

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1. Print the PDF. Did you know that you can download a PDF and only print the pages that you want? Simply select the specific page you want to print in your printer options. This allows you to print a page from a workshop, follow the instructions, and then recreate the layout or use the instructions as a jumping off point. This also saves you from wasting paper and allows you to concentrate on the samples that most appeal to you.


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2. Watch the Video Tutorials. You may prefer to watch the entire tutorial videos from start-to-finish, soaking up all the video has to offer. You can take notes, or simply replay the video several times to get as much from the tutorial as possible.


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3. Study the Samples. As you browse the sample gallery for a workshop, open up the sample on a separate page and study it. Print the photo to help you recreate the project. Take a moment to look closely at the close-up photos included as they may give you additional insight into how a project was created.

Auditory Learner: Listening

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1. Listen to a Podcast. Since you prefer hearing the instructions, you may enjoy listening to popular podcasts such as Layout a Day or Paperclipping Roundtable. Listen live to the session or listen to the recording at your leisure. Take notes on techniques you'd like to try.

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2. Listen to Rather than Watch a Video. Turn your back on the video you're watching. Sit at your desk and start playing with paper. Let the ideas flow. Listen to what the teacher is sharing in the lesson. Try a technique that the teacher is describing. Pause the video to complete the process and the restart again when ready.

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3. Ask Questions. Many workshops or lectures have a place or time to post questions for the teacher. Since you learn best through listening, this is a great way to discuss your questions or concerns. Are there additional questions about the technique you want answered? Are you in need of further assistance or have an idea of your own that you want to share? Simply take a moment to leave a comment in the associated forum for the workshop, or email the teacher, or save your questions for the question and answer time given at the event. This also helps the teacher better prepare for teaching in the future.

Kinesthetic Learner: Touch



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1.  Gather your supplies. Print off the workshop PDF, shop your stash for similar supplies, and then recreate the project featured. Refer often to the PDF, but this learn-as-you-go, hands-on approach will help you understand the concepts of the workshop much better.

2. Attend a class. Take a class from your local retailer or plan to attend a special event where the event supplies correspond with the lesson. Since the entire concept of the class is hands-on learning, you'll find you both learn new design skills and concepts, as well as, complete a project all at once. You will feel successful and educated all at the same time.


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3. Buy the Corresponding Kit. Some online classes offer an optional corresponding kit. If you prefer working with the class supplies, consider purchasing the kit. This saves time and allows you to quickly start creating.

However you find you learn best, you'll discover that once you understand your learning style you'll find workshops, classes, and events that best suit you. You'll also return home or finish up a workshop with more satisfaction, feeling successful in your learning. And you'll find that you are happiest when you're learning in a way that is best for you. Now that is success!

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