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Tips to Understand Your Learning Style

For EMS professionals education is ongoing. Although education and training are needed for refresher and relicensing requirements, is also important to always be learning because medicine is dynamic. What we do now we might not do in the future. Some of what we did in the past (15 compressions and 2 breathes) we don’t do anymore.

An important part of being a lifelong adult learner is understanding how you learn best. This week at two articles were posted about using learning styles inventories. Do you know your preferred style? Take a few minutes to read the posts and determine your preferred learning style.

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And remember, since EMS learning occurs in all domains – cognitive, psychomotor, and affective – you can’t limit yourself to learning just in your preferred style. Any given training topic may require you to learn with multiple styles.

Understanding how you learn will be part of the August 12 EMS Boot Camp Session. I have been gathering tips and ideas to help EMT and Paramedic students prepare for certification classes. As I have compiled tips I have come to believe that all EMS professionals could benefit from this session, especially other EMS educators. I have talked to more than a dozen EMS instructors to learn how they help their students prepare to excel in the classroom. You don’t want to miss the tips I am going to share Join me and Jim Hoffman for the next session of EMS Boot Camp. Even if you can’t join us live, register to receive access to the session recording.

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.