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Effective ways of learning

Wherever learning is concerned, the mind and body are treated as separate entities. This should not be the case. Learning is not just a mental process. It should involve the whole body and as many of the sensory organs as possible. In conventional classroom learning, we separate the mind from the body. We use only our mind while our body remains inactive.

What goes on in the body affects the mind and vice versa. In classroom learning, we remain physically inactive for long periods of time with consequent bodily tiredness and boredom. This leads to the mind falling asleep. Have we not experienced, at times, falling asleep in the classroom or on the verge of doing it. How then to get the body involved in the learning process? This can be done by getting out of our seats from time to time to do some physically active acts. These activities may include having a break for a drink, a short walk outside, or anything that moves us away from our seat.

We use our five senses in learning: visual (seeing), auditory (listening/hearing), kinesthetic (feeling), olfactory (smelling) and gustatory (tasting). But the two common ones we use are the visual and auditory organs. We learn mostly by listening and seeing. We learn by sounds, by dialogue, by reading out loud. When we are lone learners, we could learn by repeating sounds in our heads, by talking to ourselves, and by listening to audio cassettes of recording of our own or other peoples’ materials.

In visual learning, our mind is actually more receptive to images than words. We remember better when we see images whether created or real-world. To learn better and for long-term retention, it helps to create images, pictures, diagrams, maps, icons, pictograms, graphs and others out of our learning materials.

Traditional method of learning of having a learner sitting for a long stretch of time without bodily movement has been proven to be less than effective. Effective learning involves engaging our body and senses in the learning process. It contributes to better learning and long-term retention.