Learning

One of the greatest gifts that educators can give their students, and one of the greatest skills an individual can learn, is “Learning how to Learn”.

Each one of us learns in a different way, which is uniquely ours. Once we understand our way and what works for us, all sorts of Learning can become possible and Easy.

We need to understand the ‘how’ of our brains work when it comes to learning, and most particularly, what will work for ‘us’. Learning, even formal Learning, can be fun when we know the systems and how to play the game.

Mindworks can show you brain-friendly ways to absorb, assimilate and retain knowledge quickly and efficiently – and maintain that knowledge long-term.

We all learn in different ways and at different rates . . .

Our programmes therefore combine a variety of learning mechanisms. This approach recognises that some of us are visual learners (we like diagrams and pictures), some are auditory (we like words), some are tactile (we like to touch and feel) and some are kinesthetic (we like to manipulate and move). For example, we use colour and visuals, stories, logic and facts, small group techniques and large groups.

Learning must be relevant

Building on existing knowledge is a sound strategy. We test new information against what we already know. The wisdom within a group can be harnessed so that ‘peer learning’ is enhanced, and we learn from each other. Our programmes use workplace examples from participants as much as possible.

Learning involves the head, hands and heart

Our programmes focus on change in three areas: increases in knowledge (the head), improvements in skills (the hands) and more positive attitudes and motivation (the heart).

Learning is structured (but not too much)

Programme participants need to know where they are going with a course and why. We need to take into account energy levels, experience and attitudes. We set clear goals about what a programme can and cannot achieve and what it will cover.

Learning needs to be retained for long-term benefit

Our programmes build in reinforcing strategies to increase retention both during a programme and for the long-term.

Learning is fun

The best programmes are those which engage people’s hearts and minds. Research clearly shows that when people enjoy their learning experience, they are more open to change and retain knowledge more easily.