Learn Types Part 1
Julia talks about various types of learners and shares what type of learner she it.
Todd: So, Julia, we're both teachers.
Julia: That's right.
Todd: And are you familier with the different learner types?
Julia: A little bit, yes, I encounter different kinds of learners in my classrooms.
Todd: OK, so for example, what kind of learner are you?
Julia: I think possibly more than one, maybe overlap on a couple, but primarily a visual learner so I'd have to take it in through my eyes usually like with a picture. I certainly have to see a word if I'm learning a language. I have to see it written down.
Todd: So you need a phonetic script? You need something?
Julia: I need something visual.
Todd: Yeah for it to stick in your head?
Julia: For it to stay in my mind, it has to have a visual. I can't just hear it for example. I can't just hear a word and remember it. I have to have some sort of visual to connect it to.
Todd: OK, so you're a visual learner, anything else?
Julia: I think it's called a visual learner. I don't know the technical term for it but an emotional learner if a...
Julia: Yeah. If a piece of information or the thing that I'm learning is attached to an emotional experience, I store it very definitively. I can remember it. I can recall it. If it's just a neutral, say a sentence, I can't remember it. It has to have a back story. It has to have an emotional connection somehow.
Todd: Right. It has to have some connection?
Julia: Yes, yeah. Usually a personal story especially humor. If there's a joke involved, if it made me laugh at the time of learning it. I'm a laughter learner, I don't know if that's a real one but definitely an emotional response makes it much more easy for me to learn something.
I encounter different kinds of learners in my classrooms.
When you 'encounter' something or someone, you come into contact with it. Notice the following:
- You never know what kind of people you are going to
encounter on trips abroad.
- Do you get nervous about encountering wild animals in the jungle?
I'm primarily a visual learner.
'Primarily' can be replaced by 'mainly' or 'essentially.' Julia is saying that she usually learns best with visual cues. Notice the following:
- He wears primarily black clothes.
- Do you speak primarily English at home?
I'm primarily a visual learner.
A 'visual learner' is a person who learns best by seeing something, rather that just hearing it. Notice the following:
- Can you write that word down for me? I'm more of a
- Most of the class is taught for visual learners, so that's why it's hard for me.
So you need a phonetic script?
When something is written in 'phonetic script,' it is written with special symbols that show how it spoken. Notice the following:
- The school encourages teachers to use phonetic script in
- Do you understand how to read phonetic script?
If something that I'm learning is attached to an emotional
experience, I store it very definitely.
When you 'recall' something, you remember it.Notice the following:
- With some memory problems, people have difficult
recalling events that happened a few minutes ago.
- I can't recall her husband's name right now.
phonetic • recall
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