Conversations about education and study often tie in with the concept of your learning style. In fact, educator Robert John Meehan has an optimistic outlook about this with the assertion:
“Every child has a different learning style and pace. Each child is unique, not only capable of learning but also capable of succeeding.”
For adults, many of us believe that we may have learned everything we can in formal education or that none of it was of any use at all. Regardless of our schooling or college experience, we’re all always learning in some way and there’s likely a form of study going on whether or not you’re aware of it. From adjusting to a new software update at work to taking up a new skill, many of the study tactics learned over years of education can still be applied long after graduation day.
Interestingly though, we tend quite often to give our individual learning style far less priority when it could be the key to unlocking more of ourselves. On both a capacity and an uptake level, knowing your strengths and preferences as well as patterns in how you learn are incredibly valuable even if you’re just working on a mandatory professional development course. MindTools emphasize just this in terms of how you can apply this in both a work environment and education setting to reflect on your habits and make positive shifts. They also acknowledge the balancing impact of gaining this understanding saying, “Plus, by examining our strengths and weaknesses, we can make the most of any aspects of learning that “come naturally” and that we enjoy, while also working on the areas that might be holding us back.”
Study Medicine Europe shared this infographic on the topic to help show you, ‘How To Study Smarter By Discovering Your Learning Style’. In this resource, they delve into characteristics of the different styles in more detail so you can gain a more thorough understanding of how you tend to learn. Here’s to improving your skills and how you approach study, information processing, challenges, new situations, project management, and much more.