True Life: I'm a Slow Learner

I don't know about the rest of you all, but when it comes to acquiring knowledge for a new skill, my brain just won't comply. This sensation of defeat when a new topic of retention comes up is most certainly not new to me. I can remember, dating back to around 6th grade, when my favorite math teacher, Mr.Cockerham first introduced us to multiplying 2 digits at a time. At this point, I could barely finish my single digit multiplication assessments in under 10 minutes, while the rest of my classmates were soaring right past me. I can explicitly recall buying flash cards, printing out mock multiplication assessments, and working tirelessly with every family member I could find who would help me. It came time to take the first test and upon the in-class grading and exchange of grades, I realized that my score was worse than about half of the class. How in the world could I have possibly let half of the class score higher than me when I worked so hard to be the best. And to add more insult to injury, I overhead people bragging about how easy he test was and how little they had studied for it. I am 22-years-old, and my natural incapability to learn quickly still plagues me daily, however, I have figured out a few easy ways to cope.

The first most important thing is to admit to yourself that you are, in fact a slow learner! Raise your right hand and say it with me "my name is ______ and I am a slow learner". Good, now that we've gotten that out of the way, I have another truth for you. It will never go away. You will never be able to study enough or eat enough walnuts (supposedly one of the best "brain foods" known to man) to magically jump start your brain. That means that you will have to spend more time studying new things for longer periods of time than a lot of your colleagues.

The next step is to figure out how you learn, for me, I learn by making everything into a song. My brain somehow departmentalizes new material into a distinct pattern that is similar to a song. So I know I must re-organize new material into a format that I better understand. For you this might mean: rewriting school notes with your favorite-colored pen (sounds weird but it this works for me ),or maybe turning new terms for your job into flash cards and studying them every chance you get (during television commercials is my favorite time), or even taking the information you need to learn and formulating a story and creating a storyboard; that way you can play it in your head like a movie. My point here is that you must adopt your own learning style and implement it as much as you possibly can. The key to conquering your slow learning speed is to know what works for you. For parents of children who are slow learners, the same rules apply. Help your child come to terms with their natural rate of learning, work with your student and their teachers to figure out which learning style works for them and implement it daily!

I would like to leave you all with a quote from my favorite recording artist, Drake, "Know yourself"! Plain and simple, know what you struggle with, remind yourself of what you are capable of and implement a plan, now go and be great!

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