I learn best by doing, and I do best when I have a goal in mind.
I'm not a good theoretical learner. Not great at sitting in class and learning from lecturers. And definitely not a natural at learning from text books.
It might be just that I'm not motivated enough to push through the challenges of learning from these methods. That in fact I'm just as good as others at learning this way, I just don't want to.
They say if you give someone a fish, you feed them for a day. Teach them to fish? Feed them for a lifetime.
There's a Chinese proverb:
"Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand."
Text books to me feel like someone telling me something. Here's all the info you need. Now just soak it into your brain and work out how it actually applies to real life.
Lecturing is more akin to showing me. You might step through the logic of how something is solved, or why it matters. I have a guide on this quest, and that's certainly better than going alone.
But learning by doing, involving me in a task, that's the best way to learn.
At my new job I'm acutely aware there's a lot I need to learn, and relatively quickly. I have to up skill in a short space of time and my job kinda depends on it.
Part of me naturally finds this a tad stressful, it's pressure and pressure naturally creates tension. But the other part of me loves it. This is where I learn best. This is where I grow best. When I have to.
In lean manufacturing, there's a thing called Just In Time. This is where everything is done just before it's needed. Don't have a huge warehouse of stock backed up, order what you need so it arrives just before you need it.
I see my main learning style as Just In Time learning. I learn best by working on something that needs a skill, and I'll learn it then.
So as I entered this job, the same was true. New things I need to learn, new skills I need to develop.
And as always, I'm banking on Just In Time learning to come through for me.
It's gonna be a stretching time, but I'm here for it.