Warning: Boring longish read! However, I am not writing this to impress anyone! This is rather a reference, for me and for anyone, who wants to be aware, of the ‘different’ learning styles. Whether for themselves, or most importantly, for their children.
I believe it’s an extremely important step, when trying to understand, the struggles and the thrives, we all make while learning, or while watching our children learn. Whether in school, or outside in the world.
I graduated high school at the age of 17. Academically, I was already ahead! Academically, I was ‘fine’. But my learning thus far at the time, had taken place for the most part, in solitary settings. I did go to school, but I studied alone, and not in group! It was my preference. No one noticed anything alarming!
What I did not realize, and what my parents did not equip me with _no blame here. Just facts_ was my solitary learning style (AKA “Intrapersonal” Learning Style /which is the complete opposite of “Interpersonal” Learning Style/ presents its own challenges.
While intrapersonal intelligence is useful for introspection and long-term decision-making, it can pose difficulties when communicating or working with others.
Of course there are rewards too, but nonetheless, the challenges are there.
Here are some of those challenges:
– Solitary Learning Style:
People with high intrapersonal intelligence are often referred to as “solitary learners.” They pick up and absorb information best when they have time alone in a quiet environment to concentrate on their thoughts. Because of this, they may appear shy, aloof or standoffish. Their social lives may suffer when they are working on a project or studying for an exam, since they need additional time by themselves to complete their work. Note that this does not mean that intrapersonally intelligent individuals are loners or socially unskilled; rather, their learning style and way of processing information often requires them to spend large periods of time alone.
– Motivation Issues:
Intrapersonally intelligent people are skilled at knowing what they want and judging whether their current actions are helping them achieve their goals. However, this focus can also work against them. For instance, when an intrapersonal individual is unable to see how an activity relates to his goals or interests, he is likely to become disconnected and uninvolved. He might have to spend time reflecting or analyzing the activity to determine how it is connected to him.
– Sensitivity to Groups and Noise:
The solitary learning style also may make certain environments difficult for the intrapersonally intelligent individual to focus in. Because the intrapersonally intelligent learn through solitary thought and reflection, being in large groups of individuals or loud environments can cause them to become distracted. To collect their thoughts, they need private space and a lack of noise. They can easily lose focus.
(I believe this one, is the worst for me personally).
By Jon Zamboni
I truly hope this helps you, as it helped me understand my learning style better, and as a result, quit beating myself up, for being different!