Let me share a true story…
Day one of dental school: The year is Nineteen Hundred bow and arrow.
The first lecture in the medical school and day one of the five-year dental course. The excitement was immense. New colleagues, new university life, a really interesting curriculum and everything you had spent most of the two years of your life working so hard for. Now finally you were a real live dental student and five years from now you were going to become a dentist. The excitement and enthusiasm of the whole class was palpable.
Then the first week turned into the first month and more and more lectures, more and more notes and more and more tests and exams. When eventually you qualify and start your life as a dentist you do look back at your course and you remember various moments, some fondly, some with angst and many with incomprehension as to how you managed to absorb so many millions of bits of information.
What do you remember?
I have on occasions looked back at the time at dental school and it still amazes me that the only lecture I ever remember well was when one of the professors walked in and said the following:
“Good morning. Today we are going to cover the Temporomandibular joint. It’s been proven that you will only ever remember the first three minutes of any lecture so here it is a nutshell: The TMJ joint is the most complicated joint in the whole human body. Now feel free to let your mind wander as anything from now on will not be going in!!”
After all the lectures over the five year course and nearly thirty years onwards and the only lecture I remember and in fact the only words from any lecture that I am able to completely recall are those…fascinating isn’t? Five years of non-stop study and the only thing I remember is being told I would not remember anything!
I confess there was one other remark, made by another of our lecturers that also left a lasting impression. The elderly consultant was watching a group of us operating on dummies and he simply said: “50% of what we teach you is utterly irrelevant, the problem is that we just don’t know which 50% it is.” That is really interesting because after all these years and every so often something you think you have completely forgotten somehow pops up again and you remember that odd fact or that rare disease which patient X actually turns out to have; where the consequences of treating them incorrectly could have been very severe.
How do you learn?
Anyone who is a parent will have had the privilege of watching their child’s little face light up when something literally clicks in their head. So if you are reading this blog today, think about your past studies and maybe refresh your mind as to how best you learn. It could be very useful!
In brief there are three major learning personalities.
Auditory: if this is your learning style you would prefer to hear lectures or maybe even watch videos and your main learning is happening through the hearing input. You could maybe enjoy hearing your lectures or notes using your MP3 player.
Visual: if you are in this group you are the kind of learner who loves mind maps such as these, enjoys seeing things in colour and you like reading text and taking in instructions on your own.
Kinesthetic or tactile: If you are in this group your preference for learning is to physically do something rather than to watch and listen. For example, you listen to music while reading rather than just being told about it .
Catering to all learning styles
When 4evelreaning.com was conceived, it was obvious that we had to understand these learning style differences and to make sure that we offered various learning options that would appeal to these different learner types.
With this in mind, the site provides tons of reading materials, Powerpoint presentations, audio casts, video learning options and much more, so that you can choose and enjoy the elements that appeal to you the most. Thus ensuring that your CPD experience with 4everlearning is as enjoyable and productive as possible.
There is a real science to learning and by knowing how you personally learn you can make a huge impact on your knowledge input. 4everlearning is there to help you enjoy your learning and to keep up date with your CPD easily.
Next time..how a really simple mind map can help you identify your best learning options and help you get the most for your own specific CPD requirements
Till next time!
Jonathan Rosen, CEO of 4everlearning.com