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Key influences on an individual's learning

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´╗┐Unit 6 Personal Professional Development Annie Plant Health Science P1 In this assignment I am going to explain key influences on the personal learning process of individuals. The key influences of learning are: health, motivation, Learning style, IT skills, Access to study centre, specific learning needs, Attitude and self discipline, Lifestyle Care responsibilities, Study space, employment. There are many different key influences on an individual?s learning processes and each of these all have an effect on the individuals learning processes and abilities. The first influence is called formal and informal learning. Informal learning is personal; the individual is responsible for gaining knowledge. Informal learning is forced by some else usually through a formal training programme for example a class taught by a teacher. ...read more.

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Another style of sensory learning is the tactual learners or reflective learners who work best when they are able to think things through, to evaluate options and they learn by analysis. This group are often deep thinkers and enjoy figuring out problems on their own. Also there are the auditory learners that work best when able to hear, speak, discuss and think out loud. This group learn better when they are listening to people teach or when others are talking or discussing. They look for explanations with words and prefer to hear the information. Finally visual learners are the group who prefer to see, watch, read, and view. Visual learners use their eyes and often enjoy reading information from posters or power points rather than being talked at, they look for graphs, pictures and diagrams and visual representations of information. ...read more.

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Linking in with sequential learners are the global learners who prefer a holistic and systematic approach. This group often learn in large jumps, absorbing material almost randomly without seeing connections, and then suddenly understanding it. Most are able to solve complex problems quickly or put things together in novel ways once they have grasped the big picture, but they may have difficulty explaining how they did it. In conclusion many people learn in different ways and find it easier to concentrate doing different activities. Personally I occasionally identify will all of these learning styles but mostly I fall into the kinaesthetic learning category because I like to be doing something while learning and learn best by practical activities. I also fall into the Visual learner category because I often learn by having things written down for me and I learn by reading and studying graphs and written information. ...read more.

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The essay aimed to examine the influences on learning. There was an introduction which was very helpful as it allowed the reader to understand what would be covered.
The types of learning have been identified, but not the influences on learning. Had there been a discussion regarding health, motivation, previous learning, the aim of the essay would have been met. What is presented here is a description of the ways people learn which does not meet the criteria for this module. There also needs to be clarity about the difference between informal and formal learning.
At the end of an essay it is important to check that what was intended to be covered actually has been. Read through the essay carefully and check where the criteria/learning outcome has been covered.
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