What type of learner are you? Find out now!
Apr. 18, 2016
Everyone learns differently. It doesn’t mean that one approach is better than another, but the more you understand about your own particular style, the more successful you’ll be. At Concorde Career College, we want to help you make the most of the courses you take to earn your health care degree.
Researchers have classified learning approaches into a number of categories. The most often used categories are the four described below. Keep in mind that you’ll probably use different learning styles at different times, but knowing your preferred style will help you excel.
Are you a visual learner? If you are, you prefer to absorb information through sight. Visual learners do best with diagrams, pictures, charts and reading.
Learning Strategies – In class, be sure to sit in the front of the room to be close to the action. Take detailed notes and draw your own illustrations of the concepts being presented. Use graphics when you study, which can include mind maps, outlines, flash cards or diagrams.
Learning Strategies – As you pursue your health care degree, don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you are provided with a lecture outline, take minimal notes – put most of your attention of what is being said. Study groups where assignments are discussed would be a great tool for you. Try reading material aloud and consider recording yourself and using the playback to reinforce your studies.
You’re probably a read/write learner if you love to read, take extensive notes in class and prefer to study on your own without distractions.
Learning Strategies – Don’t be embarrassed when you take lots of notes, it’s just part of how your brain works. The act of writing, then reading notes helps to cement concepts in your mind. Consider rewriting your notes, but not word for word. Read over what you’ve written in class, then summarize into a new set of words.
Approximately five percent of the population are kinesthetic learners. You’re in this group if you prefer to get information through touch, examples and practical exercises. You’re the one who learns the latest dance steps without much effort, and you may tend to fidget in classroom situations.
Learning Strategies – Don’t try to remain still in class, but use movement that isn’t distracting such as chewing gum or doodling in a notebook. Another way to keep busy is to take good notes. Record your notes, then listen to the recording as you jog or workout. When reading information, keep a highlighter close at hand and take notes in the margins to focus your thoughts.
Regardless of the type of learner you are, you’ll get what you need at Concorde Career College. We use an integrated teaching approach that goes beyond simple lectures or handouts to support the widest variety of students who are here to earn their health care degree.