Often, students are not aware of their learning style, and as a result, they can’t reach their full potential. Generally, there are three main categories of learning styles: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.
This quiz is designed to find out your preferred learning style as an adult and to pinpoint your learning preferences.
There are no right or wrong answers.
Go with your first gut reaction instead of over-thinking your response.
The truth is that you could be a poor learner simply because you don’t understand your preferred or best learning style yet. Identifying your learning style could well be the single most important key to boosting your exam score.
Use the score to adjust your learning habits. Listen to what Anthony said: “I used to imitate other people’s ways of learning. It didn’t work. I thought I was dumb because I couldn’t understand the materials the way they did. Then I learned about personal learning styles. I adjusted the way I studied. The change was immediate. I quickly prepared for my exam and passed it.”
- Visual learners benefit the most if they are exposed to pictures, videos, posters, slides.
They remember information presented visually more easily than if the same information presented verbally.
Effective Techniques for visual learners:
- Use highlighters, different colored pens to color-code different concepts.
- Underline and circle important words.
- Draw charts and diagrams.
- Use post-it notes with the key concepts around you on your fridge, computer, or walls.
- Auditory learners remember things they’ve heard. If they hear it, they can remember it easier than when they read the same material.
Effective Techniques for auditory learners:
- Listen to the recording of the lessons, instead of reading the same material from a book.
- Ask others to ‘hear’ your understanding of a topic.
- Read your summarized notes aloud, record yourself, and listen to your voice.
- Kinesthetic (tactile) learners remember things they’ve experienced and used all their senses, such as sight, hearing, touch, etc.
Effective Techniques for visual, kinesthetic (tactile) learners:
- After watching a video lesson, make your own notes and write down the key concepts.
- The process of writing them out will help you to remember these concepts.
- Look for real-life examples and put plenty of them into your summary.
- Take a lot of practice tests.
It could well be that your learning style has a bit of all those three styles. You might also find that you’re using different style depending on the task or problem at hand. Just be aware of what learning style works best for you and don’t feel restricted by the above-given categories.
You could be tempted to miss out some important stages, so be open to trying a few new things. If another way works well for you too, then make use of it. It will definitely help you study smarter, not harder!