What is learner discomfort?
“When a learner becomes conscious of their own performance – or lack of – that then can lead to them becoming anxious, which is an uncomfortable place to be.
So by “learner discomfort”, I guess I am talking about feelings of anxiety, worry or concern. A lack of confidence in the learner’s ability to participate in any meaningful way; to progress in any meaningful way.” – Dr Bryan West, Fortress Learning Diploma Trainer.
Now that we know what it is, how do we overcome it?
The four episodes below are from Fortress Learning’s series on teaching microskills called The Small Stuff.
In each episode, Bryan offers some strategies that you can implement in the classroom to make learning a much more comfortable, and therefore more productive, experience.
We’ve all been there. We have all sat at a desk re-reading the same section of text over and over again, becoming more and more frustrated by the second. Frustration leads to stress which leads to anxiety which leads to feelings of flight or fight. We want to quit, or we want to argue.
If you are studying a Cert IV TAE, Dual Diploma of VET/TDD, or a Triple Diploma of Business, Business Administration and Leadership and Management and felt this way, you are not alone. When we get stressed, often we get caught in the same loop of thinking. The trick is to have coping strategies for when the stressful moment arises.
Here are 4 actions to take when study is stressing you out: