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“Multi-Modal” Learning

by David Lazear

What does multi-modal learning mean? In a nutshell it means that the more different ways you learn something the more you will really learn it! The more different ways you learn something, the more you will remember it! The more different ways you learn something, the more you will genuinely understand it!

In formal education you basically learn to learn in two or three ways--the famous “reading, and writing, and ‘rithmetic” ways which are at the heart of most of the learning we did in school. However, look again at the list of learning strategies at the beginning of this chapter. How many of the items you checked–items which really help you learn–did you get to use when you were in school? In order to learn smarter, we’ve got to learn to tap our true genius for learning.

Let’s play with this a bit right now. I want you to see how easy and fun it is to re-teach yourself to learn this way! We’re going to be using the multiple intelligences which we looked at in chapter 2. If you’ve not yet read this chapter I suggest you do so now. It will help understanding multi-modal learning much better. The eight ways of knowing, which are already part of each of us, provide us an easy and practical way to learn smarter in our daily lives.

1. Begin by making a list of things you want to learn. It may be something you are already involved in learning such as a home study course you ordered on TV. It may be something you’ve got to learn for your job. It may be something you want to learn for your own personal development. Make a list of at least ten items.

2. Select one item from your list which will be your focus for this exercise. Make some notes to yourself about some of the parts or concepts involved in this area. For example, if you wanted to learn about marketing you would need to learn such things as getting to know your customers and their needs, knowing the difference between the features and benefits of a product, writing sales copy, procedures for test marketing, and so on.

3. Look over the learning strategies listed on the chart below. Begin matching the smart learning strategies to the various concepts involved in the learning focus you’ve chosen. I suggest that you use at least three strategies from different smart area for each concept. The reason for this is, as I mentioned above, the more different ways we learn something the more we really learn it!


4. Finally, create a timeline for the learning; namely, when will you do what!

Guess what you’ve just done? You’ve figured out how to start learning smarter! I can promise you that this will help you learn quicker and at deeper levels as well. You’ll remember the information you have learned better. You’ll also have a lot more fun learning anything you want or need to learn.













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