What type of learner are you?

We are all different, therefore it shouldn’t come as a surprise that we also have our own, unique way of learning. Knowing how you retain information best will make you more productive and help you get more enjoyment out of any course.

Take the quiz below to find out what type of learner you are.

1. You prefer to:
A.

Listen to things rather than read about them

B.

Analyse pictures, graphs and charts

C.

Handle physical objects and try to understand how they work for yourself

2. You remember things by:
A.

Saying them out loud

B.

Watching a demonstration

C.

Experiencing them for yourself (being hands on)

3. You find reading:
A.

Takes too long; you get fidgety

B.

The best and most relaxing thing ever

C.

Pretty boring; you'd rather be outside

4. You're more likely to remember somebody's:
A.

Name

B.

Face

C.

Hug

5. When you see the word "cat", what do you do?:
A.

Picture a cat in your mind

B.

Say the word "cat" to yourself

C.

Think about being with a cat (stroking it or hearing it meow)

6. What kind of book would you like to read for fun?:
A.

A book with lots of images

B.

A book with lots of words and details

C.

A book with word searches or crossword puzzles

7. If you're ever unsure of how to spell a word, what are you most likely to do?:
A.

Write it down to see if it looks right

B.

Spell it out to see if it sounds right

C.

Trace the letters in the air with your finger

8. You're out shopping and you are standing in the queue at the checkout. What are you most likely to do while you are waiting?:
A.

Look around at other clothes

B.

Talk to the person next to you in the queue

C.

Fidget, move about or rock / lean on your feet

9. What's the best way for you to study for an exam?:
A.

Read the book or your notes and review pictures or charts

B.

Get a friend or family member to ask you questions that you can answer out loud

C.

Make index cards that you can review

10. What do you like to do to relax?:
A.

Read

B.

Listen to music

C.

Exercise (walk, run, play sports, etc.)

Please answer each question and try re-submitting!

You are an Auditory Learner

Auditory learners remember things by hearing and listening. You tend to have an easier time understanding spoken instructions than written ones.

You may hum or talk to yourself or others if you become bored.

Here are some things that auditory learners like you can do to learn better.

  • Use index cards to learn new words; read them out loud
  • Read stories, assignments, or directions out loud
  • Record yourself and then listen to the recording
  • Have test questions read to you by a friend or family member
  • Study new material by reading it out loud

You are a Visual Learner

If you are a visual learner, you learn by reading or seeing pictures. You understand and remember things by sight. You can picture what you are learning in your head, and you learn best by using methods that are primarily visual. You like to see what you are learning.

As a visual learner, you are usually neat and clean. You often close your eyes to visualize or remember something, and you will find something to watch if you become bored. You may have difficulty with spoken directions and may be easily distracted by sounds. You are attracted to colour and to spoken language (like stories) that are rich in imagery.

Here are some things that visual learners like you can do to learn better:

  • Use flashcards to learn new words.
  • Try to visualize things that you hear or things that are read to you.
  • Write down key words, ideas, or instructions.
  • Draw pictures to help explain new concepts and then explain the pictures.
  • Colour code things.
  • Avoid distractions during study times.

Remember that you need to see things, not just hear things, to learn well.

You are a Kinesthetic Learner

If you are a kinesthetic learner, you learn by touching and doing. You understand and remember things through physical movement. You are a "hands-on" learner who prefers to touch, move, build, or draw what you learn, and you tend to learn better when some type of physical activity is involved. You need to be active and take frequent breaks, you often speak with your hands and with gestures, and you may have difficulty sitting still.

As a kinesthetic learner, you like to take things apart and put things together, and you tend to find reasons to tinker or move around when you become bored. You may be very well coordinated and have good athletic ability. You can easily remember things that were done but may have difficulty remembering what you saw or heard in the process. You often communicate by touching, and you appreciate physically expressed forms of encouragement, such as a pat on the back.

Here are some things that tactile learners like you can do to learn better:

  • It's OK to chew gum, walk around, or rock in a chair while reading or studying.
  • Use flashcards and arrange them in groups to show relationships between ideas.
  • Trace words with your finger to learn spelling (finger spelling).
  • Take frequent breaks during reading or studying periods (frequent, but not long).
  • It's OK to tap a pencil, shake your foot, or hold on to something while learning.
  • Use a computer to reinforce learning through the sense of touch.

You are a mixture of Auditory and Visual learning styles.

You may remember different things by reading and seeing pictures, or by hearing and listening. A good variety of both will allow you to understand in which situations each works well.

Try the following things to see what works for you:

  • Use index cards to learn new words; read them out loud
  • Record yourself and then listen to the recording
  • Have test questions read to you by a friend or family member
  • Study new material by reading it out loud
  • Write down key words, ideas, or instructions.
  • Draw pictures to help explain new concepts and then explain the pictures.

You are a mixture of Visual and Kinesthetic learning styles.

You may learn well by reading and seeing pictures, but also by touching and doing. You may be a hands-on learner who also likes to see pictures and visualise things. A good variety of both will allow you to understand in which situations each works well.

Try the following things to see what works for you:

  • Use flashcards to learn new words.
  • Try to visualize things that you hear or things that are read to you.
  • Draw pictures to help explain new concepts and then explain the pictures.
  • It's OK to chew gum, walk around, or rock in a chair while reading or studying.
  • Trace words with your finger to learn spelling (finger spelling).
  • Take frequent breaks during reading or studying periods (frequent, but not long).
  • It's OK to tap a pencil, shake your foot, or hold on to something while learning.

You are a mixture of Auditory and Kinesthetic learning styles.

You may learn well by hearing and listening, but also by touching and doing. You may be a hands-on learner who also likes to hear or listen to take information in. A good variety of both will allow you to understand in which situations each works well.

Try the following things to see what works for you:

  • Use index cards to learn new words; read them out loud
  • Read stories, assignments, or directions out loud
  • Record yourself and then listen to the recording
  • Have test questions read to you by a friend or family member
  • It's OK to chew gum, walk around, or rock in a chair while reading or studying.
  • Trace words with your finger to learn spelling (finger spelling).
  • Take frequent breaks during reading or studying periods (frequent, but not long).

Sources:
http://blc.uc.iupui.edu/Academic-Enrichment/Academic-Success-Strategies/Learning-Styles
http://www.education.com/reference/article/Ref_Teaching_Tips
http://www.educationplanner.org/students/self-assessments/learning-styles-quiz.shtml

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