Knowing your learning style and adapting your study habits can make a substantial difference in how well you do in classes.
The following information consists of five different areas that describe individual learning styles. In each group, read the descriptions that help you determine which of the two styles you use more. Then below each group, look at the strategies listed that will help you learn more effectively.
If you are unsure about your learning styles after reading this information, come by The Learning Center, where we can provide you with a short questionnaire that will help you determine your strengths in learning.
This indicates the sensory mode you prefer when processing information. Auditory learners tend to learn more effectively through listening, while visual learners process information by seeing it in print or other visual modes including film, picture or diagram.
This describes the types of learning tasks and learning situations you prefer and find most easy to handle. If you are an applied learner, you prefer tasks that involve real objects and situations. Practical, real-life learning situations are ideal for you. If you are a conceptual learner, you prefer to work with language and ideas; practical applications are not necessary for understanding.
This reveals your ability to work with spatial relationships. Spatial learners are able to visualize or "mentally see" how things work or how they are positioned in space. Their strengths may include drawing, assembling things or repairing. Non-spatial learners lack skills in positioning things in space. Instead, they tend to rely on verbal or language skills.
This reveals your preferred level of interaction with other people in the learning process. If you are a social learner, you prefer to work with others—both peers and instructors—closely and directly. You tend to be people-oriented and enjoy personal interaction. If you are an independent learner, you prefer to work and study alone. You tend to be self-directed or self-motivated and are often goal-oriented.
This describes the approach you prefer to take toward learning tasks. Creative learners are imaginative and innovative. They prefer to learn through discovery or experimentation. They are comfortable taking risks and following hunches. Pragmatic learners are practical, logical and systematic. They seek order and are comfortable following rules.