13 How to Identify your Best Learning Styles
Key Point To be more effective, determine your best learning styles.
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. Old Chinese Proverb People learn differently. Some prefer using pictures. Others like working in groups. How do you learn best? Here are the three major factors making up your learning style. 1. The three senses auditory! "isual and kinesthetics #. The two reasoning types deducti"e and inducti"e $. The two en"ironments intrapersonal and interpersonal %heck these factors as they apply to different subjects to disco"er your learning preferences.
The Three Senses
Auditory - listening & ' ( prefer to follow "erbal instructions rather than written ones. & ' ( find it comfortable to add spoken numbers mentally. Visual - seeing, reading and isuali!ing & ' ( score high on tests that depend on reading comprehension. & ' ( can read formulas and understand them. & ' ( prefer maps to "erbal directions when ( am trying to find a place. Kinestheti"s - #o ing, tou"hing, writing and doing. & ' )hen ( write things down! it clarifies my thoughts. & ' ( ha"e to manipulate formulas in order to understand them. & ' ( like to draw pictures. & ' ( am good at using my hands. ( enjoy lab classes.
The Two $easoning Ty%es
&edu"ti e reasoning & ' ( like to look at the big picture first! then get the details. & ' )hen learning a new game! ( like to know all the rules before playing. & ' (n an argument! ( state my premises first! then draw conclusions. Indu"ti e reasoning & ' ( like to see some e*amples when first learning a new subject! before de"eloping an o"er"iew. & ' ( prefer to learn the rules of a new game +as we go along+.
The Two Learning 'n iron#ents
Intra%ersonal - wor(ing alone. & ' )hen sol"ing word problems! ( ha"e to figure it out for myself. & ' ,oing school work with a group often wastes a lot of time. Inter%ersonal - wor(ing with others. & ' -efore making a decision! ( usually discuss it with my family or friends. & ' ( like to do my homework with others.
)hat Are *ou Best At+
(deally! we are good with each learning style. Howe"er! what we do best can depend on our mood! the subject matter! our friends and the teacher. Our goal is to monitor our learning effecti"eness and to adjust our learning styles for ma*imum ad"antage.
,o%yright 1--1 &onald .artin, How to /e a Su""essful Student
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