In school, what type of lessons and tools help you learn best?
- Debating a topic and listening to lectures.
- Graphics, like charts and shapes, that illustrate concepts.
- Doing my own research and taking notes.
- Interactive experiments.
Have you ever incorporated any unconventional methods into your learning?
- Not really. I'm usually OK with my detailed notes, and if not, I'll just read about the things I don't understand.
- I love building models or using flashcards for classes that rely on memorization.
- Music helps me learn! I like to make up songs to help me study.
- Mind maps and posters have been helpful for me.
How do you like to study?
- I like to be around others. That way, my fellow students and I can discuss what we've learned.
- I'm always making flashcards or coming up with new and different ways to memorize material.
- Seeing my notes and organizing them by color has helped me remember concepts better.
- Re-writing my notes or even describing certain concepts in my own words is usually helpful.
Outside of school, what do you normally read?
- Magazines with beautiful photography, like National Geographic or Vogue.
- I love novels and the news.
- I don't read a ton, but if I had to, I'd read a graphic novel or use a book of puzzles.
- I'm more of an audiobook person!
Look at your social media. What kinds of accounts do you follow?
- I love to follow social justice and news sources. I often follow people who have blogs that I read.
- I follow musicians, comedians, and anyone who makes videos where they talk about interesting subjects.
- I love fun comedy videos and accounts that encourage me to interact with them.
- I follow lots of designers. I love anyone who creates cool infographics.
What is (or was) your favorite class in school?
- Social Studies
Say you don't understand a concept or class material. How are you likely to solve this problem?
- Ask my teacher or manager to explain it to me.
- Read about it myself.
- Ask someone to show me how it's done.
- Try it myself until I've mastered the concept.
When you need to remember material, how do you commit it to memory?
- Colorful sticky notes or color-coding my calendar does the trick!
- Talking about it, making a recording, or even making up a song usually helps.
- I write lists, lists, and more lists!
- Walking myself through a concept, quizzing myself, or making up a memory game often helps.
How do you like to spend your free time?
- I'm always trying something new. Cooking, playing sports, and drawing are all great.
- I love seeing live music, standup comedy, and theater.
- Going to museums, shopping for clothes, and taking pictures with my friends are my favorite activities.
- I like to read, write, and talk with my close friends.
Where do you get your information about current events?
- Podcasts, the radio, and watching the news.
- Reading the paper and blogs.
- I get a lot of my news from social media—it's just easier to digest. Is that bad?
- I have a bunch of different places I get information from!
In class, what is your favorite method that your teacher uses?
- I love using worksheets, and I like when my teacher writes a problem on the board and has us solve it.
- I like it best when my teacher has us act out concepts or plays interactive games with us.
- I love breaking off into discussion groups and listening to lectures.
- I like presentations with pictures and cool graphics.
What is your biggest hurdle in school?
- I hate sitting still and would rather be doing something with my hands besides taking notes.
- It's hard to focus on lectures—I find myself doodling and daydreaming.
- I've never understood why we have to do projects when we could just read about things.
- Reading notes and doing my own research by myself make it so hard to focus!
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Learning Style Quiz
The VARK model of learning styles suggests that there are four types of learners. There are visual learners, who learn best through charts, pictures, and graphics. Then there's the auditory learner, who processes information through sound. Then there are reading/writing learners, who absorb the written word better than most. Finally, there are kinesthetic learners, who typically learn best by doing.
Although it's quite common for a learner to identify with more than one learning style, the four categories can be useful in diversifying teaching and leadership methods in order to include a wider number of students and workers. It also helps students and workers themselves. Knowing your learning style can help you identify more successful strategies for learning and information retention.