The multi-modal student

Modern students are multi-modal; seeking to engage with learning experiences as they do with so much else across many different media and in an immediate and interactive way. Educators need to keep up with this demand or be left behind.

The multi-modal student

Modern students are multi-modal; seeking to engage with learning experiences as they do with so much else across many different media and in an immediate and interactive way. Educators need to keep up with this demand or be left behind.

Education is changing, and the way that students find and absorb knowledge is very different to a decade or two ago.

  • Students are increasingly ‘multi-modal’, using a variety of different media to learn from; traditional textbooks and notes are still found useful, but often supported with online lectures, interactive assessments and even games
  • Students don’t want to be delayed waiting for a tutor to answer their question, and like the instant response that online forums can provide
  • Students expect their resources to be engaging and interactive, allowing them hands-on experience of applying the techniques they are learning

Tom Atkins lives in West Yorkshire and recently completed his AAT level 3 at a college in Batley. Tom’s experiences seem to be increasingly typical of the ‘multi-modal’ support that students turn to, especially on-line:

For my level 3 I studied with a local college on a kind of apprenticeship scheme paid for by work.  I was given Kaplan books and my tutor was supposed the visit me every 4 weeks but did not always attend.  When I had a query, the tutor told me to watch the free YouTube videos by Gareth John!  I feel my real tutor for AAT level 3 was Gareth.

When First Intuition Director Gareth John found out that Tom had been so impressed with his experience that he had signed up to study for his level 4 with First Intuition’s Distance Learning team, he emailed Tom to welcome him to #teamfi. He asked Tom about those YouTube videos he had found so valuable at level 3:

Those little bits on YouTube made things much easier for me with level 3 and are the reason I looked at First Intuition for level 4. I have since recommended them to other people studying as I found them incredibly useful.

The whole team at First Intuition wishes Tom the very best of luck as he works towards completing his AAT qualification.

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