The New York Times recently had an article Want to Study Smarter? It was adapted on newsobserver.com.
Overall, I read this article and came out with a ” I don’t know if this is a good article” attitude. I think this is an poorly crafted article that is very mixed in content.
The first part of the article lumps info about learning styles and combines concepts of left vs. right brain (which has generally been disputed – I concur) and then includes visual learners in the same sentence. I believe from my observations, earlier NSGCD education and recent additional training in Coach Approach there are better learning styles that go with certain students. I think the basics of auditory, kinesthetic/tactile and visual are the obvious ones. The author includes this painful quote – “The contrast between the enormous popularity of the learning-styles approach within education and the lack of credible evidence for its utility is, in our opinion, striking and disturbing,” the researchers concluded. This was pulled from the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest.
Do we really believe that learning styles should not be a consideration in working with our clients? Maybe the research has not been done, but is that to say that working with clients using their preferred learning styles is not effective.
The second part – (Get a move on) suggests using different locations to study instead of one is a good thing, I think we might try that with our on-site clients when going through certain tasks to provide variety if they seem to be getting stuck. We could also try asking our coaching phone clients to use a different location to make our coaching calls.
The one part in the Get a Move On section that caught my attention was conceptual subject learning when individuals are shown paintings of one artist – to understand the artists individual style vs. being shown mixed artist art and comprehending and distinguishing the nuances faster. I wonder how this applies to our client’s categorization of their stuff and objects?
The third part of the article (Cram it In) is stating that cramming is good for passing tests but not for long term retention. This has been known for a long time. The suitcase metaphor is a good one though.
What are your thoughts?