The Learner Personality
What is a Learner?
How do we go through life being a Learner? It can be difficult. There is always this drive and a desire to know more, yet there is not always the opportunity to satisfy that need.
You might be wondering "What is a Learner?" It is someone who always wants to know more, who wants to expand their knowledge, who want to dig deeper into topics. I’m one of them. I didn’t know that was what I was until I took the Strengths Finder survey and got a better understanding of myself. It was amazing. When the term “Learner” came up I was confused. But once I finished reading the description of me, I knew that they had pegged me.
I’m always wanting to know more about a topic after I watch a movie, documentary, or read a book. Was what was presented to me accurate? What really happened? Tell me more! If I could go back to school, I would. That is what a learner feels and desires.
But the desires cannot always be satisfied. School is expensive and time is short for everyone. So we can’t be fulfilled. Or can we?
I always thought that I was up a creek. That there was no way with little money and even less time that I could feel satisfied. When I got the survey results, it gave suggestions on how to meet your desires as a learner. Wow! I could do this. Here are a few of the suggestions I got:
· Keep a notebook to take notes and comments in as you read a book. You can use the notebook again later when you want to go back and review what you wrote and maybe dig further.
· Join a book club that digs deeper into topics.
· There is online material that is free or just extremely cheap that you can use on your own schedule.
· Find another Learner and plan to discuss topics together.
As I said, these are just a few of the suggestions (don’t want to spoil the survey and the book!). I’ve found that I’ve grown so much since I’ve started keeping my notebook. I’m reading books and instead of marking in them I’m got it all in a notebook that is all mine and I can pass the book onto someone else. Instead of sitting in a formal class which I can’t afford, I’m creating my own personal class in which I’m learning. If I have other questions, I go on the internet and begin exploring even more. I’m enjoying it so much.
Free Stuff is Out There!
I do have to admit that I do desire even more learning, but I would like to do it as a group. I’m hoping to get a group started locally in which several of us can get together and chat and expand our own knowledge. Another place you can look to is MIT Open Courseware. I’m looking forward to getting into this and learning even more.
Don’t let time and money slow you down. There are ways out there to learn and we can do it. I’m hoping to gather a list of free sites together to help others expand their knowledge. If you know of any, please pass them on.