said 1 year, 4 months ago:
@dextereugenio Hmmm, that’s a very good question, I must admit. Throughout my academic life, I found myself to be a mix of visual and audio learner, with a slight preference toward visual. Reading a book, a chapter or class notes was always a good prep, then listening to the teacher would crystalise the understanding of concepts.
With books, since there is no “complement” to be had afterwards, I tend to stick with paper. I know we’re not supposed to, but I still write, underline and highlight passages from good books, and whenever I take another look back, it helps to remind me of the important passages. How do you do that with an audio book? And even with ebooks, I have a similar challenge. I recently downloaded a book on my iPad, it was fun to read and all. But the mere fact I could not underline or highlight… (guess I’m old-fashioned that way)
But to come back to your question, to learn, do you read, or do you listen? The honest answer has to be both. I learn the most by sitting in a meeting, listening to what people say, how people behave, body language, etc. Or in other circumstances, we learn by listening to the news on the radio, or listening to TV in the background. I guess we all have our preferred modes of learning, but reading and listening are both mandatory skills if you strive for excellence.