What Factors Influence Learning?

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Factors that influence learning include a student’s willingness to learn, language barriers, teacher enthusiasm, learning disabilities, access to resources and school structure. Most students come from different backgrounds and have developed different methods of interpreting information. Learning is influenced by the student’s ability to comprehend and retain information.

Some students learn more easily through visual presentations, while other students learn more from hands-on experience.

Students who learn from a teacher’s curriculum tend to be goal-oriented, eager and easily motivated. These characteristics improve the likelihood of learning from assigned lesson plans. When students are not willing to learn, they are capable of regurgitating information; however, they rarely retain it. A willingness to learn helps students overcome difficulties and exceed educational goals.

There are also external factors that influence learning such as learning disabilities, access to resources and language barriers. A learning disability affects how a student learns and impedes his ability to learn material visually or audibly. A disability also influences retention, memory and attention capacity.

A language barrier can restrict the communication between the teacher and the student. Language barriers affect how accurately students receive information. The teacher’s experience and enthusiasm influence the ways in which students learn. Teachers who display competence and confidence help students respond easily to educational material.