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    Default How do you prefer to learn new skills?

    Most SPs like learning stuff. But I'm curious how everyone learns best. Do you like taking group classes? Or do you prefer one-on-one instruction? Would you rather buy a how-to book? Or just mess around with something until you figure it out?

    I'm currently taking two very different approaches to two hobbies. I just bought a used Casio keyboard and got a "playing keyboards" book from the library. I'm totally hacking around here ... trying it out. This thing is cheap and horrible in a wonderful way. It has rhythm patterns like Samba and Waltz (Can I mash those two together?), and Special Synth effects like Wa-Wa and Airplane. I could probably have fun without even playing a note. Maybe if I shake it around a bit, it will give up all its secrets. Either that, or the batteries will fall out. This is how I usually try out stuff I'm not totally serious about.

    OTOH, I've signed up for some life drawing classes this summer. I'm motivated to get better, so I want to force myself to get proper feedback and do things right. I absolutely love learning in groups, where we're all just together, quietly doing our thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sidewinder View Post
    Most SPs like learning stuff. But I'm curious how everyone learns best.
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    I like to learn hands on. I will scan through the instructions once or twice then try it myself. With the help of you tube I've learned how to do all sorts of stuff.

    I really like learning in groups as well. But the only thing is I get distracted sometimes and want to socialize, especially if things start getting dry or too slow. One on one instruction is okay just as long as the teacher isn't long winded and let's me move at my own pace. I remember when I was being trained for a new position the person made me sit there and listen to the bitter end before I could touch anything...it was torture!

    I do really like to learn though, especially quirky stuff that other's don't know how to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Halla74 View Post
    Naked.
    I do my best learning in my underwear.

    In reality I like to mess with the object or skill to be used, in real time. This sometimes isn't an option, say an item on order, or recently, my car. As good as I am compared to some drivers, I'm still required to have another person sitting with me to get any practice in (THE HELL?!) So I'm required to use a manual and run a mental simulation of sorts. Which is extremely draining. I'm prone to jumping around in the manual to give myself a break.
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    Depends...Sometimes I just mess around with it. Break it and fix it to learn. That's how I learnt to use a computer. I messed around with it until it wouldn't start any more.

    Other things I study a lot. That's my approach to work I get paid for, where getting up to speed as fast as possible is important. I study my ass off, keep copious notes, stress whether I'll ever get it and then, click! I never need the notes again, the whole thing becomes second nature.

    I like one on one instruction, where someone is teaching me an overall strategy for getting the job done and some techniques. I want to be able to play and change things, so I need a teacher who is willing to have me discuss techniques and different ways of doing the same thing. I can work with someone who teaches in a really rigid way too but I end up jumping ship so I can play around with what I have learnt.

    The very best way for me to learn is for me to teach someone else as I learn.

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    I like to take einstien's advise on learning, "play is the highest form of research". All we really have to do to learn is PLAY. It's no wonder that children can soak up so much info.

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    I've been trying to learn electric guitar for two years but I'm nowhere near as good as I should be. I haven't taken any classes, I've just been looking up tabs. I'm easily frustrated and so when I fail I tend to put the guitar down. It just isn't worth the stress.

    I feel sometimes that taking classes could put some structure into the learning and I would learn quicker, but this is expensive, and I have to learn to introduce structure in my own life. At the same time I'm afraid of becoming someone I'm not. ARRRGH!
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    for simple things, watch it being done once, then try it with assistance/corrections available if necessary.

    for other things, look up how to do it (usually online) and then play around using that as the base. like if I want to cook something, I'll look at several recipes and usually end up with a blend of several depending what I think sounds good. I'm not very motivated to learn skills in-depth though, I tend to lose interest very quickly (for a while at least).
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    I work best with group learning... with spurts of self-teaching by myself.

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