Learning Styles – How do you Learn?

Recently I got a new computer without Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, Picture Manager and with Windows 8.

In my humble opinion Window 8 is a train wreck. You have access to everything, if you could just find it. However, I am committed to learning it because I spend a lot of time in other peoples computers and I need to know my way around.

What I miss more than anything is the MS Picture Manager.

My husband decided to sell some of his recording studio equipment on eBay and it is my job to install the items for sale. First you take the pictures, move them from camera to computer, then upload those photos to the eBay listing.

Uploading photos from the camera to the computer wasn’t bad, however when I went to grab those pictures from the picture library I can’t find them. After two hours I gave up and went to bed.

The next night I got started again, committed to getting it figured out that evening. This time I found the photos, but they were the wrong kind of file and I couldn’t figure out how to convert them to a JPG file.

Long story short, I spent 7 days learning how to convert these uploaded photos from NEF files to JPG files. Once I converted them to JPG’s I could now find them in my photo organizer and upload them to eBay.

How do you learn?

  • Visual (spatial):You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
  • Aural (auditory-musical): You prefer using sound and music.
  • Verbal (linguistic): You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.
  • Physical (kinesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.
  • Logical (mathematical): You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.
  • Social (interpersonal): You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.
  • Solitary (intrapersonal): You prefer to work alone and use self-study.

Based on that information, my learning style is a combination of physical and solitary. I learn by ‘doing’, and sometimes ‘doing’ is painful and time consuming.

For me, learning is kind of like jumping off a bridge, into murky water and feeling my way around until I figure it all out. I love learning – after it is all over. 🙂

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