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What type of learner are you?

Take the quiz and find out instantly!

Are you studying but still not achieving your greatest potential? Do you get easily distracted when studying? Are you having trouble retaining information? If so, you may be experiencing a 'lack of personal learner knowledge'. To learn more about how you operate as an individual, take the quiz below and uncover your true learning style and the tips that can benefit you!

We are all different. We all spend our free time doing other activities. We have different tastes and preferences, and, therefore, we all have different, unique learning styles. Knowing how you retain information is fundamental in advising which learning methods and techniques are most helpful, productive and beneficial to your overall performance. There are three main types of learners: auditory, kinesthetic, and visual; there are no right or wrong learning styles, but knowing which one you are will help improve productivity and overall personal well-being. Take the quiz below to find out what type of learner you are and study suggestions for your kind!

1. Before you go to sleep at night, you appreciate:

  1. The silence

  2. The darkness

  3. The comfort and warmth of your bed

2. You are going on a school field trip to an art museum, you are excited to:

  1. Listen to music on the bus

  2. Look at the art

  3. Get out of the classroom

3. When you meet someone for the first time, you remember:

  1. Their name

  2. Their face

  3. Both

4. If you listen to music when studying, you tend to:

  1. Concentrate and learn more profusely

  2. Get distracted by the music and not learn much

  3. Start dancing around the room

5. You prefer a teacher who uses:

  1. Group discussions, video lessons, lectures

  2. Practical sessions, demonstrations, models

  3. Handouts, diagrams, charts, books

6. When you completing a mathematical problem, you tend to:

  1. Talk yourself through each step of the question

  2. Writing and drawing each step on paper

  3. Use and move objects to help you understand and solve the problem

7. When studying for an exam, you:

  1. Make up songs to remember the content

  2. Write notes, draw diagrams, and make mind maps

  3. Walk around your room quizzing yourself on the content

8. In your free time you like to:

  1. Listen to music

  2. Read or draw

  3. Exercise

9. Which would you prefer to attend?

  1. A music class

  2. An art class

  3. An exercise class

10. If you were learning how to use a new computer, you would:

  1. Listen to podcasts or speak with professionals who can advise you

  2. Read the instructions and diagrams that came with the computer

  3. Have a go and try to figure it out yourself

11. What is your earliest memory of?

  1. Being spoken to

  2. Seeing something

  3. Doing something

12. If you were buying a new phone, you would:

  1. Discuss with professionals and friends what kind of model and brand you want

  2. Read reviews about the phones

  3. Go into the stores and test all of the phones before you decide to purchase one

Record how many of your answers are for each of the letter choices:

a: ________

b: ________

c: ________

What letter did you score the most responses in? Continue reading to discover what type of learner you are and the best methods and study techniques that correspond to your unique learning style!

If you had mostly a’s, then you are an auditory learner!

Do you prefer lectures over long reading assignments? Do you hum and talk to yourself? Are you better at understanding spoken instructions over written ones? Perhaps you may be an auditory learner!

Auditory learners are more likely to retain and understand information and knowledge through hearing and listening. You grasp and remember things you have heard. Listening to music while studying, lectures, recordings, and reading aloud is exactly what you enjoy. You are good listeners – hearing the information and processing it accordingly, making auditory techniques the best method of learning.

If you had mostly b’s, then you are a visual learner!

When you close your eyes, can you envision any location you have been to? Do you remember the movie poster of every movie you've ever watched? Can you create a mental picture when you're trying to remember a diagram? Do you have photographic or near-photographic memory? If so, you may be a visual learner!

Visual learners are more likely to retain and understand information and knowledge by seeing pictures or reading. You grasp and remember things by sight. Reading textbooks, lessons that use the whiteboard, overhead projectors, and diagrams are exactly what you enjoy. Through visual information, spatial awareness, photographic memory, and colours, visual learners can picture what they are learning in their heads, making visual aspects the best method of learning.

If you had mostly c’s, then you are a kinesthetic learner!

Are you a "hand-on" person? Do you have a lot of energy? Are you constantly fidgeting with nearby objects? Do you prefer to study when someone is asking you questions while you engage in an activity (e.g. walk around)? If so, perhaps you are a kinesthetic learner!

Kinesthetic learners are more likely to retain and understand information and knowledge by touching and doing. You grasp and remember things through physical movement. You are a direct learner who prefers to move, build, touch, or draw what you are learning, and oftentimes finding that when physical activity is involved you concentrate and benefit to a greater extent. By taking things apart and putting them back together, moving around, and fidgeting with objects, kinesthetic learners can physically understand what they are learning, making physical activities and techniques the best method of learning.

Study Tips for the Auditory Learner:

Auditory learners learn best through speech and listening to others. If you are an auditory learner, consider integrating the following suggestions into your study routine, which can help you succeed in school to the best of your ability!

  • Tape-record class and lectures (if allowed) for later reference and repetition;

  • Read your textbook, assignments, readings, and notes aloud whilst studying,

You could even record yourself and listen to it while completing different tasks, similar to a podcast;

  • Practice reading aloud to yourself in your mind, without orally communicating,

Helpful during exams and when surrounded by other students;

  • Study with a partner or in a group,

Discuss exam questions, study material, and concepts together,

Verbal communication has required both ways; thus, you learn from what they say, and you hear yourself teach them as well;

  • Proofread your assignments;

  • Watch YouTube videos and/or listen to podcasts,

Listen to someone explaining concepts;

  • Listen to music while studying,

Lyric-free music is preferable; however, it is up to your preferences;

  • Participate in class discussions as much as possible,

Voicing questions and concepts will help you understand and grasp concepts and an understanding of the material;

  • Repeat facts with your eyes closed,

The technique will allow you to focus all your attention on the auditory process;

  • Create musical jingles or songs to help you remember concepts and course material;

Study Tips for the Visual Learner

Visual learners learn best when information is presented in written or visual form. If you are a visual learner, consider integrating the following suggestions into your study routine, which can help you succeed in school to the best of your ability!

  • Sit in front of the class so you can see everything;

  • Study in quiet locations, with few distractions.

  • Take thorough notes during lectures;

  • Visualize and sketch the course content/ lectures;

  • List your tasks, physical to-do list,

To gain motivation through the satisfaction of visually crossing out completed tasks;

  • Keep your surroundings clean and uncluttered,

Make area visually appealing;

  • Create/ draw mind maps, pictures, flowcharts, Gantt-charts, diagrams, graphs, and/or other graphic organizers,

Using such tools to explain new concepts visually;

  • Write notes, main ideas, essential vocabulary, and instructions on paper;

  • Use highlighters and colourful pens in your notes,

Colour code your notes with the different colours;

  • Use symbols, underlining, bold, and italic in your notes;

  • When starting a new textbook chapter, go over the chapter overview to understand the required components of each chapter;

  • Use flashcards with little information, yet with colours, definitions, and drawings/images if pertinent;

  • Replace words with symbols, whenever possible;

Study Tips for the Kinesthetic Learner

Kinesthetic learners learn best when they can use their sense of movement and touch. If you are a kinesthetic learner, consider integrating the following suggestions into your study routine, which can help you succeed in school to the best of your ability!

  • Pace or walk around while reciting your notes/ concepts to yourself;

  • Keep something a malleable object in your hand,

Translate your knowledge into a physical object, such as writing or typing your notes;

  • Actively touch the computer keyboard to keep the mind active;

  • Write concepts, key ideas, vocabulary using your finger in the air;

  • When explaining abstract concepts, use real-world examples and metaphors to grasp the information better;

  • Ask a friend to quiz you out loud, or ask yourself questions in front of a mirror, or play two people yourself;

  • Take frequent breaks, and move around during the break periods,

E.g. work for 25 minutes, rest for 5 minutes.

  • Take creative notes,

Draw pictures, diagrams, and models of the material being taught;

  • Ask and answer questions independently and during class;

  • Study using a whiteboard,

role play a teacher;

  • Make physical comfort a priority as you study;

  • Participate in activities that involve moving, drawing, touch, and building;

  • Construct tangible objects that can be used as a study tool;

  • Act out things you must learn;

  • Combine your study session with physical exercise.


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