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What’s your learning style? Do you prefer learning in a group and in an interactive setting? Or one-on-one? Do you retain information best through lectures, or visuals, or simply by reading books?
I prefer learning on a one-to-one basis, as l can go about learning at my own pace and if I have questions my instructor will be able to show me where I would go to find the answer, instead of just giving out the answer. A group setting is good also, except there is a time limit involved, and there could be instances where most of the students understand completely, and you don't, which puts you at a disadvantage; or, you could be the only one that gets it, and the rest of the group doesn't, which means you have to wait for the rest of the group to catch up.
As for retaining information, that is done best by a combination of reading books and the use of visuals. Lectures for retaining information are good for topics you understand or have an interest in, but for a topic(s) you don't understand or are completely foreign, it just presents more gobbly-gook than your brain is able to absorb much less comprehend.