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Adapting to Different Learning Situations

The main point here is that you must be able to adapt to different learning situations as an adult. We might label learning situations as:

  • The classroom situation
  • Technical situations
  • Hands-on situations
  • Private learning

The classroom situation is the traditional SOL experience -- "sit, observe and listen." If you happen to be primarily a kinesthetic learner, you will have to adapt your learning behavior to this visual and auditory environment.

Remember, the kinesthetic learner craves activity. Therefore, don't become a passive observer when you are forced to endure the typical classroom presentation, where the instructor lectures, uses the board occasionally and asks for little participation from his prisoners!

Become an active participant in this classroom presentation. Ask questions. Make comments. Raise relevant issues. Stimulate activity and participation.

Technical learning situations would involve the use of such technical devices as videotapes, computers and audio tapes. Frequently, the adult learner develops a phobia with regard to high-tech gadgets. The individual approaches this learning environment with a considerable amount of apprehension, and frequently is intimidated by these "machines." If you are stuck with this approach, it is important to adapt accordingly so that learning can take place.