This is part of an ongoing series on the fundamental rules or “patterns” of accelerated learning. Each rule is very contextual; these are not silver bullets or cure-alls.
Rule #5: SIGNAL STRENGTH
When you are trying to transfer a competency to another learner, or gain it yourself…
It’s easy to overlook how much amibiguity, guessing, hesitations, confusion, and trickery slows down or derails the learning process.
- Many learners belong to cultures which, in spite of evidence to the contrary, assume that the more challenging the learning environment, the better the learning.
- The human brain is designed to appoint part of its capacity to unconsciously filter or de-emphasize environmental “noise” experienced by all 5 senses, but these parts of the brain are then unavailable for learning.
- The stronger and clearer a signal, the less brain work required to receive it, the more brainpower left to interpret and absorb it (this phenomenon is known as “signal to noise”.)
- Iconic, vivid, physicalized communication is stronger than generalized, flat, representative (written, drawn, etc.) communication.
- Culture and language strongly influence what a learner pays attention to and cares about.
- Learners exhibit fairly clear body language when they feel confused or disengaged.
- Prioritize the highest degree of iconic, vivid, physicalized communication whenever possible.
- Reduce or remove visual (distracting colors, patterns, movement), auditory (electronic hums, extraneous conversations, white noise), kinesthetic (uncomfortable furniture, cold, heat) and other “noise”.
- Adjust your DESIGNED ENVIRONMENT to not just accomodate, but take advantage of cultural values and ways of thinking.
- Adjust the learning environment, from moment to moment, in accord with the engagement of the learners by reading their body language and facial expressions.