Friday, July 27, 2012

WARNING: A non-mobile learning style may be bad for you

In a recent study, scientists discovered that when we sit all day, "electrical activity in the muscles drops, leading to a cascade of harmful metabolic effects." Not only is extensive sitting responsible for the decrease in your levels of fitness and the increase in body fat, it might also be affecting your ability to remember. And, unfortunately, regular physical exercise doesn't seem to counterbalance the damage.

Walking, researchers discovered, influences the way memory works. An experiment compared the results of a memory test of both children and young adults when they were sitting with when they were walking. The results indicate that both age groups performed better when allowed to walk while studying for the test. The way the scientists phrase it, "walking increases your resources of energy, which you can then invest in thinking."

This is bad news to those of us whose learning style has a preference for no mobility.

What is your learning style? Find out.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Good Teachers, Great Teachers

In the movie Dead Poets Society, teacher John Keating goes against orthodox education methods. He urges his uptight prep-school students to climb onto their desks to see the world from a different perspective.

What makes a good teacher? Depending on our own school experience as well as on the challenges facing us as parents, we may choose somebody who:

· gets learning results,
· recognises potential in students,
· identifies possible learning issues,
· identifies social problems (bullying, alienation),
· maintains class discipline,
· is aware of each student’s learning style needs, such as the need for details or the need for the big picture,
· teaches in a multi-sensory way,
· is likeable, interesting and fun.

Great teachers are more than that. They are the ones dedicated to their job and committed to their students’ individual success. They respect their class and automatically receive respect in return. Positive and energetic, they guide, nurture and inspire their pupils. While their conduct is adult and responsible, they remember what it’s like to be a child and are able to communicate on the child’s level. Enthusiastic, with a contagious thirst for learning, great teachers love their job. They teach with heart and from the heart, beyond the textbook, passing on universal wisdom and life insights.

Great teachers are born, not made. But you can help you child's good teacher become an even better one by showing him or her your child's LSA report.


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Job Seekers' Guide To Learning In Style

(read to see this week's special on our Working Style Analysis tool)

If you’d like a job - any job, or just a newer, better one - you’re not alone. Sadly, in this job market, promotions often go hand in hand with upgraded technology skills. Today's technology advances at an astonishing rate, with the amount of new information doubling every two years. Blink, and you’re left behind. Take a year off work to have a baby and when you come back they are using different software. Become a stay-at-home mum and, before you know it, your child’s school project involves technology you’ve only ever heard of.

Arthur C. Clarke once said, "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Learning according to your own unique Learning Style or Working Style will make updating your computer skills seem as easy as saying Abracadabra. As long as you do the course and the tasks in accordance with your learning preferences, and not against them, you will have a much higher chance of success.

Of course, you have to be realistic about your goals and expectations. “I want to program in C++” may not be the right goal four you if you've never programmed before.

Be specific. “I want to get better at computers” is vague and difficult to measure, while “By the end of the year, I want to be able to write a PowerPoint presentation” is a clear, achievable goal.

Set your goals with a positive attitude. Stay excited and passionate about your goals.
Most important of all, discover the preferences and non-preferences of your Working Style today. Order it before 20 July 2012 and get it at half price by quoting this promo code: BVFDELE.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

July Holidays Special

July means school holidays. No school. None. It's time to relax and... hang on. Did I hear there's a special going on Learning Styles?
That's right! For the entire month of July 2012, we're selling our Home Packages at half price! 2 WSA and 3 LSA Mini! This means:
Home Package. For a happy home.
Just use this promo code when ordering: 796KLU9.
Happy shopping!