13 How to Identify your Best Learning Styles
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.
Check these factors as they apply to different subjects to discover your learning preferences.
The Three Senses
( ) - I prefer to follow verbal instructions rather than written ones.
( ) - I find it comfortable to add spoken numbers mentally.
( ) - I score high on tests that depend on reading comprehension.
( ) - I can read formulas and understand them.
( ) - I prefer maps to verbal directions when I am trying to find a place.
( ) - When I write things down, it clarifies my thoughts.
( ) - I have to manipulate formulas in order to understand them.
( ) - I like to draw pictures.
( ) - I am good at using my hands. I enjoy lab classes.
The Two Reasoning Types
( ) - I like to look at the big picture first, then get the details.
( ) - When learning a new game, I like to know all the rules before playing.
( ) - In an argument, I state my premises first, then draw conclusions.
( ) - I like to see some examples when first learning a new subject, before developing an overview.
( ) - I prefer to learn the rules of a new game "as we go along".
The Two Learning Environments
( ) - When solving word problems, I have to figure it out for myself.
( ) - Doing school work with a group often wastes a lot of time.
( ) - Before making a decision, I usually discuss it with my family or friends.
( ) - I like to do my homework with others.
What Are You Best At?
Ideally, we are good with each learning style. However, what we do best can depend on our mood, the subject matter, our friends and the teacher. Our goal is to monitor our learning effectiveness and to adjust our learning styles for maximum advantage.
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