Learning

by Melanie Greene

MUD: the different ways of learning

In order to select the right way of going about learning something, you need to identify first whether things need memorising, understanding or involve physically doing something (MUD). The following exercise will help you to distinguish the differences and recognise the fact that many things require all three at once!

Go through the following list of things to be learned and put an M, U and/or D by them, according to whether they need to be memorised, understood and/or physically done, or learned through a combination of these methods. Although these items are not all related to the world of work, they emphasise the importance of understanding MUD.

If you make mistakes, rest assured these will simply help you to understand the concept further.

This list is also available as a PDF file.

 
M, U and/or D
1.
Names of plants
..........
2.
How temperatures and moisture affect the growth of different plants
..........
3.
Names of bones
..........
4.
Digging a vegetable plot
..........
5.
Finding out why someone is unconscious
..........
6.
Bandaging a leg
..........
7.
Where emergency exits are
..........
8.
Lifting weights
..........
9.
Steering a car
..........
10.
The need for safety at work
..........
11.
Appropriate road behaviour at junctions
..........
12.
Road signs
..........
13.
Tightening wheel nuts
..........
14.
Tyre pressures for different cars and wheels
..........
15.
Purpose of spark plugs
..........
16.
Number of calories in certain foods
..........
17.
Why yeast rises
..........
18.
The address of your work place
..........
19.
How to run a business
..........
20.
Icing a cake
..........
21.
Names of tools
..........
22.
Using a keyboard
..........
23.
Telephone numbers
..........
24.
Sawing a piece of wood
..........
25.
Dates of battles
..........
26.
Working a DVD player
..........
27.
How roofs are constructed
.........
28.
Hitting a target in archery
..........
29.
Reason for using satellites in communication
.........
30.
Reasons for war
..........

Click here for the answers to this exercise.

As you might have noticed, many things we learn require a mixture of memorising, understanding and doing. The aim is to work out the elements of the learning process to make sure that you use the right techniques for each task.

Many people’s jobs nowadays involve much more understanding than memorising facts or physically doing something. However, this varies according to the industry and profession you are in.

Exercise

What types of things do you need to memorise?

What do you need to physically do?

What do you need to understand?

Memorising strategies, Learning by doing and Key questions to assist understanding cover the kinds of techniques you can use to enhance how you learn to memorise, understand or do things.