Personal Factors Affecting Student Learning & Success

Personal Factors Affecting Student Learning & Success
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  • 0:01 How Students Learn
  • 1:07 Learner Profiles
  • 1:45 Factors Affecting Learning
  • 6:03 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Sharon Linde
Personal factors, like personality and social skills, impact a student's success and ability to learn. This lesson outlines factors that affect student learning and success and details how they impact learning.

How Students Learn

Not too long ago, teachers prepared lessons, taught them, and tested students without putting much thought into who their students were or what worked - or didn't work - for them. A teacher's responsibility was to teach and a student's to learn. Teachers weren't necessarily aware that children have different factors that impact their ability to learn and succeed in school, or even that they could modify instruction to ensure student learning.

These days, though, educators know how important it is to have a solid understanding of how children learn. How do they know? To keep in touch with student's as learners, they need to:

  • Observe students at work
  • Listen to how students solve problems and add to discussions
  • Watch students as they interact with their peers
  • Notice what subjects interest them

By noticing these things, teachers gain a deep insight into personal factors that impact student learning. Personal factors are behaviors or beliefs specific to a student, like interests and personality. By knowing and understanding a student's personal factors, a teacher can design instruction to ensure success.

Learner Profiles

Because we're all unique individuals, we each have a special learner profile, or a set of descriptions about who we are as learners. The term is broad and includes things like cultural background, gender, and personality. If you want to learn how to roast a duck, it might make sense for you to look up a recipe and read about it. For others, they would be better off watching a video or working with a friend. Some may even prefer to take a class. Our personal factors impact how we learn best and create our learner profile, kind of like a fingerprint of us as learners.

Factors Affecting Learning

As you have seen, we're each unique learners. Why is that so? As we grow and develop, many things impact us and affect our view of the world. All of us experienced education in some way and learned what worked best for us. Teachers need to keep these aspects in mind as they plan lessons and learning experiences. If you know a student learns best by talking things out with others, providing that experience means that student has a greater chance of learning.

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