On a basic level, students should learn which learning cues they respond the most effectively to, be them visual, auditory or kinesthetic. Our Mentors provide a list of common cues pointing to a specific style. For instant, students who are easily distracted by sounds might be more visual, students who struggle to understand written directions over spoken might be more auditory, and students who have difficulty sitting still for long periods may lean towards kinesthetic learning. Understanding one’s learning style not only teaches students effective methods of study, but it also shows them how they interact with the world, how they process information and how they most effectively solve problems. Such knowledge assists students in selecting the right college, major, internship, job and living arrangements.
It is, however, widely acknowledged that people are highly complex and therefore cannot be quantified into one specific learning style category. To compliment basic learning style inventories, Howard Gardner’s theory of Multiple Intelligences can offer information to complete a student’s learning profile. Gardner did not view “intelligence” as a single aptitude but rather as the combination of eight intelligences, each representing a different method of processing information.
Understanding your learning tendencies can help you as the end of the year approaches by:
- Helping identify the most appropriate methods of study/review for finals
- Helping select the most effective environment to write/work/study in
- Providing new study strategies to employ based on your learning strengths
- Revealing information about your general tastes and interests
- Helping identify strengths to maximize in the proper environment
- Helping identify areas of deficiency that can be directly strengthened
At College Success Plan, we believe that self-knowledge is power. By understanding one’s strengths, challenges, preferred learning approaches, and different intellectual abilities, students can embrace new and unfamiliar situations with a toolbox of strategies. Our students not only learn to identify their strengths, but they also learn how to apply these strengths to the classroom and workplace. Greater self understanding leads to both personal and academic growth, two of College Success Plan’s highest priorities for our students!