Before beginning your program of study, you should have a good understanding of your present studystyle. Do you learn a lot from talking with other people? Areyou good at taking things apart and putting them backtogether? Do you pace back and forth while you’re thinking? These and many other traits can show you what learningstyles you presently use. A learning style is a combination ofthe ways in which you process, absorb, and retain informationin a setting that best supports you in your learning.
Check yes or no beside each of the following statements to reflect how
Just answer: YES or NO
1. I learn a lot from listening to instructors and other knowledgeable people.
2. I figure things out best by trial and error.
3. Books are easy for me to learn from.
4. Give me a map and I can find my way.
5. I like to have directions explained to me orally.
6. I can often assemble something I just bought without looking at the instructions.
7. I learn a lot from discussions.
8. I’d rather watch an expert first and then try a new skill.
9. The best way for me to learn how something works is to take it apart and put it back together.
10. I can remember most of what is said in classes and meetings without taking notes.
11. In school, the classes in which I did best involved physical activity.
12. Diagrams and drawings help me understand new concepts.
A “yes” answer to questions 1, 5, 7, and 10 indicates that you learn by hearing information;
you’re a good listener, or a strong auditory learner.
A “yes” answer to questions 3, 4, 8, and 12 indicates that you learn by reading, watching,
and studying diagrams; you’re a strong visual learner.
A “yes” answer to questions 2, 6, 9, and 11 indicates that you learn by doing things;
you’re a strong kinesthetic learner.
An auditory learner learns by listening. If you’re an auditory learner, you may be able to hear a piece of music once and then be able to sing it by yourself. However, you may become bored by reading a text and taking notes. If you’re an auditory learner, you should find friends to study with, so you can
ask questions and discuss the text. Or, if you study alone, you can reinforce your learning by reciting key concepts aloud or recording them and listening to it later. You could also paraphrase—or put in your own words—what you’ve learned, and “teach” it to a friend or family member.
A visual learner learns by reading. If you’re a visual learner, you learn best by reading a text or by looking at a chart, a graph, or a map. You might not do as well in a chemistry lab or on a geology field trip. You need to take notes on what you hear in a lecture or what you read in a book. If you go on a
field trip or do some other hands-on activity, you should make notes and read them later.
A kinesthetic learner learns by doing. For example, if you’re a kinesthetic learner, you’re probably good at puzzles, or you may be able to assemble a child’s toy without looking at the instructions. If you’re a strong kinesthetic learner, you may be frustrated with lectures where you’re expected to sit and listen. You may also find it difficult to sit still and read for long periods of time. If you do, you should make up activities that help you learn. Active reading, which includes highlighting your text as you read and taking good notes while listening, will use your kinesthetic strengths. These habits utilize your kinesthetic strengths by giving you something to do while reading and listening. Another task that might help you is to make flash cards with key concepts on them. Use the flash cards to study when you aren’t at your desk.
So, now you have a better idea of which study style will serve you best!
matty Hui, C.HT., C.M.T., MSAOM, D.D.
Matty Hui (a.k.a Lingfei) holds her B.S. degree in Holistic Science and M.S. in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Furthermore, she is currently pursuing her Ph.D studies in Eastern and Western Medicine research.
K. Steinborn, C.Ht.
Karrie is a Pranic Healer, a Hypnotherapist, and an ordained minister. She also uses her own life experience to help guide the others through the process of growth and change regardless if it is using hypnosis or energy work.
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