Getting hands on off campus: when the classroom just can't cut it

Imagine you're sitting in a lecture hall. You are indifferent to the PowerPoint slides, thoughtless copying the sentences exactly as they appear on the screen. An hour and a half goes like this. When the lecture is over, you think, "What happened?" Panic sets in for a couple of seconds until you decide that you'll just pay more attention

Sound familiar? If your answer is yes, then the odds are that you're a kinetic student

Congratulations! You can take advantage of the practical actions that imitate how you apply your skills in the real world. And that's a very, very good way to learn

Psych 101 taught me that there are three types of cognitive styles: visual, auditory, and kinematic. To be a practical student, I always wonder, who in the name of many people can acquire and apply knowledge in any other way? Are there any such superhumans among us?

I just graduated from a master's degree in occupational therapy, so you can trust me when I say that this fight didn' t end me just because I'm a graduate student. In fact, the opposite is true. Finding a way to find out how it works has become even more important at this point; at the end, it is very likely that I will look for work in the same field as my master's degree

It's just sometimes not enough cognitive experience, and that's when off-campus opportunities need to breathe fragrance and explode from your academic expectations. When I say "off campus," I mean every event that happens to your back-exits from the chair and from the lecture halls. Places where you can learn from a mentor or preptor instead of a professor or web module

"I will never work in the lecture hall, so why should I spend all my valuable time and money in one?"

I sincerely invite you to contact your professors and scientific advisers to ask where you can find such opportunities. Be inquisitive and proactive. When I was a student, I completely forgot about new ways to expand my education. Looking back, I'd like someone to know me. If there is something in this case, participation in student learning opportunities makes your resume shine brighter than the average. Who doesn't like it?

For me, I am lucky to have three accommodation opportunities in clinics that have kicked me out of the university and dumped me in the real world of health care in the southeast of Ontario. I was able to build a meaningful relationship with real people who are experiencing real medical problems. I must laugh and cry with clients and their families as they have experienced significant changes in their lives. I learned how to manage assessments and interventions from actual practice. Which class can provide you with such a rich and meaningful growth opportunity? I will never work in the lecture hall, so why would I spend my valuable time and money in one?

This is not unique for professional treatment. Those who are in the health sector should, of course, think: " Any clinical experience

For you, the senior staff of the SLNers, who are tired of sitting in the lecture halls, feel as if you don't know how you can be something like a broken sponge is your call to action. I'm exploring my field, asking questions, asking questions, and finding out how it works for you!

If you have tips for effective learning, or if you are a veteran by teaching experience outside of campus, tell us about it in the comments below!

* Views expressed in respect of the author, and not necessarily for the "Student life" or their partners

Dan is the last graduate of the Professional Therapy Program at the Royal University. His goal throughout his life is to have a positive impact on all the staff he satisfies, and he is currently looking for a career in the field of health care. He is also a gentleman and a scientist who uses full red wine and reads any fiction or a fantastic novel