Study Tips

Getting a Step up on Your Welding Career

Those seeking a program in a hands-on career, such as a welding career, oftentimes learn better with their hands. How do you know if you learn by doing? If you answer yes to all or a majority of the questions below, you may be what is characterized as a kinesthetic learner or a learner that learns by doing.

Characteristics of kinesthetic (hands-on) learner:

  • Do you enjoy playing sports?
  • Do you enjoy building, fixing, or creating things with your hands?
  • Do you remember steps in a process easier if you carry them out by hand?
  • Is it challenging to remember lectures and/or information that you have read?

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Hands-on learners oftentimes need to study differently from visual and auditory learners. Unfortunately, no matter what program you choose to pursue, some reading and/or lectures may be necessary to learn the material. Knowing how to study can increase your chances of successfully remembering important material.

Study Tips

Study Groups: partaking in a study group is a great way to get engaged with the learning material. You are able to have lively debates or discussions regarding the material and learn about the experiences of others as it relates to the material being discussed. Other students may also be able to provide examples that will be helpful when trying to remember details. Engaged, active discussion stimulates the brain and is helpful for those that typically learn better when doing something hands-on.

Flashcards: flashcards can be useful for remembering key information for those that are hands-on learners. Writing out the information on the cards can be beneficial, as well as using the flashcards later to recall the information. Repetition is important. If possible have someone study the flashcards with you so that you can guess the answer instead of relying on reading and rereading the information.

Examples: for hands-on learners, facts and figures can be daunting to remember. Having detailed examples is helpful when trying to recall information at a later date. The more vivid the description and example the better.

Breaks: breaks from studying are important for everyone, but especially so for those that are hands-on learners. It is good practice to get up and take a break once every hour, but for no longer than five minutes in order to keep the information that you are studying sharp in your mind. Because studying is not always that exciting it can be tempting to take too many breaks which can distract from your ability to learn the information. As a rule of thumb keep the breaks short, five minutes or less and get up and move around a bit.

PMI offers welding training programs for hands-on learners. If you are interested in a welding career, then contact PMI today to get started on an exciting and growing career.