November 16, 2020
We all have strengths and weaknesses. A flying fish can both swim and fly, but its strength is swimming. Similarly, a duck can fly and swim, but flying will help it go farther, faster. When it comes to learning, we want to be as efficient as possible as we process information.
Just like the fish and the duck, our strengths are unique to us and make us who we are. There’s no one right way to learn — only individual styles and preferences. Plus, learning is a lifelong process. Take the time you need to experiment and find your groove in learning. When something just isn’t working for you, try changing it up. When something helps you be successful, make it a habit.
Here are some ideas that can help you identify your most effective learning style, so you can avoid flying everywhere if you’re a “fish” or swimming all the time if you’re a “duck.” You are completely capable of accomplishing your goals; there might just be more effective ways to reach them!
Look over these lists to see which learning style you identify with, and remember — it’s okay to be a little of both!
Are you more left-brained or right-brained?
Which of these describes you best?
Auditory learners excel by hearing and listening to information.
Reading- and writing-centered learners learn best by seeing the information as text or by writing it.
Visual learners retain information by seeing physical representations.
Kinesthetic learners remember information best when they experience it physically.
Most people learn best through a combination of all types of learning. Our learning styles are just as unique and personal as our fingerprints. That’s why it’s important to recognize the ways you learn best, so you can avoid spending time learning in ways that are not as effective for you.
Now that you’ve got a better idea, try it out!
Auditory and reading/writing learners tend to be more left-brained, preferring to learn through logic, sequencing, linear thinking, mathematics, facts, and words.
|Visual and kinesthetic learners tend to be more right-brained. They prefer learning with imagination, holistic thinking, intuition, arts, rhythm, nonverbal cues, feelings, and visualization.
Be your best self
Whether you’re a visual or an auditory learner, or whether you’re left or right brained, be the best learner you can be!
What learning styles or practices have helped you study more effectively? Share below!