Why is knowing your learning style important?
Mar. 13, 2018
Before you enter an accelerated health care training program, like the ones offered at Concorde, you will need to decide if it is the best educational fit for you.
You particularly need to consider whether you would be more suited for taking online classes or if you should enroll in one of Concorde’s hands-on health care programs.
Thinking back to your prior schooling can help you understand how you best remember information when it comes time to take a quiz or an exam.
In addition, you can take a short questionnaire to help you determine what is your learning style.
Four Primary Learning Styles
When you take an online quiz to help you see how you best learn, you probably will notice an explanation of that learning style. Below you will see more details of four basic learning styles just as you would discover upon taking the online questionnaire.
According to the Vark, a Guide to Learning Styles, you probably learn one of these four ways:
Using visual tools (Visual Learning Style) – If you prefer seeing pictures where words normally would be used, this visual learning style probably best suits you.
It usually involves the use of charts, graphs, diagrams, maps, or any visual symbols that relay messages without words. This typically does not include still photographs, video tutorials, or slideshow presentations with words.
Hearing spoken messages (Aural/Auditory Learning Style) – This learning style involves the use of listening to lectures either live or recorded.
It also usually includes speaking to oneself to “think out loud” versus sorting out thoughts before speaking. Written communication for this type of learner usually consists of abbreviated words and short chats, not long conversations.
Reading and writing (Read/Write Learning Style) – Usually this includes any manuals, slide shows, video tutorials, and photographs that does not require symbols in place of words.
The focus here is on the written word and reading rather than visual symbols. Online and paper books, dictionaries, thesauruses and other text materials are preferred by this kind of learner.
Hands-on or experiential training (Kinesthetic Learning Style) – This one typically involves a more interactive experience on site. However, it also could include simulations of a real environment.
The key here to encouraging you to use senses of touch, hearing or taste to actively connect with what you are studying if you prefer experiential education over online learning.
Some online software and cloud-based classes classify as kinesthetic resources, and 52 percent of 1,000 adults surveyed said they prefer this hands-on learning style.
Mixed Learning Styles
If you take a learning style questionnaire, you might notice you have more than one preferred learning style.
In this case, you could benefit from a variety of learning materials whether taking online or offline classes. Having multiple learning preferences could further help you succeed when enrolled in an accelerated health care training program since we don’t rely on just one type.