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Published on September 10, 2018

How This Learning Style Quiz Can Help You Make the Most of Your Life

How This Learning Style Quiz Can Help You Make the Most of Your Life

A textbook definition of learning styles is “characteristic cognitive, effective, and psycho-social behaviors that serve as relatively stable indicators of how learners perceive, interact with, and respond to the learning environment.”[1]

That’s a fancy way of saying that different individuals interact with their learning environment in different ways. You’ll often see about learning styles in conjunction with teacher education and other types of cognitive learning courses. The theory is that, if the teacher is aware of the various ways in which people perceive information, they can differentiate the instruction to meet those needs.

To the casual learner (or the person who is trying to improve their life), understanding your learning style can help you find the best way to learn new information. There are seven different learning styles and everybody uses a little of each one (on a sliding scale).

In this article we will talk about how many different learning styles there are (and what they mean), get you to try the learning style quiz and find out how to use your specific learning style to improve your life.

The Seven Learning Styles

The following is an overview of the various learning styles:[2]

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  1. Visual (spatial). A visual learner thinks in pictures. They prefer having illustrations, pictures, and other types of images to help form a mental image of what they are learning. Visual learners are typically spatial thinkers.
  2. Aural (auditory-musical). An aural learner learns through music and rhythm. While actual music isn’t necessarily required to reach an aural learner, it certainly is more effective.
  3. Verbal (linguistic). A verbal learner prefers using words, both in speech and in reading. A person with this learning style might prefer a good lecture or textbook to more visual and auditory styles.
  4. Physical (kinesthetic). A physical learner prefers using their body, hands, and sense of touch. A person with this learning style is more of a “hands-on” learner who prefers to learn by doing.
  5. Logical (mathematical). A logical learner prefers information to flow from one thought or idea to the next. A person with this learning style prefers mathematics, logic, and reasoning.
  6. Social (interpersonal). A social learner prefers to learn in groups or through social interaction. A person with this learning style usually prefers group-work and project-based learning.
  7. Solitary (intrapersonal). A solitary learner prefers to work alone. People with this learning style are great at teaching themselves and often prefer self-study and online courses to more traditional learning methods.

Did you see yourself in more than one learning style? If so, then you understand that no one person has just one learning style. Each of the above styles exist in everybody to a certain degree.

One person might find a certain learning style emerge as the strongest (and, thus, more preferred). However, that does not mean that person cannot learn in one of the other ways listed.

Learning Styles and the Brain

Learning styles influence and guide the way you learn. They affect the way you internally represent your experiences, remember information or even the words you choose.

Research suggests that each learning style makes use of a different part of the brain. Here is the breakdown for each learning style:

  • Visual: Visual learners use the occipital and parietal lobes at the back of the brain.
  • Aural: Aural content is mostly processed through the temporal lobes (especially the right temporal lobe for music).
  • Verbal: Verbal content is processed through the temporal and frontal lobes.
  • Kinesthetic: Kinesthetic learning is processed using the cerebellum and the motor cortex.
  • Logical: Logical learning is processed through the parietal lobes (specifically using the left side of the brain as it pertains to logical thinking).
  • Social: Social learning happens in the frontal and temporal lobes.

The Learning Style Quiz

This quiz: Multiple Intelligences Self-Assessment consists of 24 questions and will take around five minutes to complete. It is one of the best online learning style quizzes I’ve found because of its simplicity and ease of use.

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You basically answer a handful of questions, and it will spit out your results in a small graphic and tell you what percentage you are in each learning style category. When taking the quiz, try not to overthink a question. Just go with your gut.

When you’ve finished the quiz, your results will look like this:

    If I am interpreting results of my quiz, it appears that I prefer linguistic and intrapersonal learning experiences. Essentially it means that I learn best when I’m working alone, and my preferred method of learning is through verbal means (i.e. written or lecture-based).

    Look at your results and decide which type you are (visual, kinesthetic, or aural) and how you prefer to learn (interpersonal or intrapersonal). The rest is just details. You can also look at the areas you are weaker in and try to strengthen your ability to learn in those ways.

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    How to Use the Learning Style Quiz to Improve Your Life

    Perhaps you didn’t realize that people had different learning styles before you read this article. Maybe you already knew about learning styles.

    Whatever the case, you can learn a lot about yourself just by taking this short learning styles quiz. But what do you do with the knowledge you get from the results?

    If you are:

    1. Visual Learner. Ditch the audio-books and podcasts and either read or watch lectures online. Your strength is found in visual explanation — seeing the information in a book, diagram, or demonstration.
    2. Auditory Learner. Talk with other people and listen to podcasts or audio-books. Your strength is found in aural cues — hearing the information with your own two ears.
    3. Kinesthetic Learner. Forget about the classroom or online courses. Go out and find a way to learn using a hands-on approach. Take a class at your local community college and get involved with what you are learning about.

    Also be aware that most of the learning styles can fit into one of those three categories. You are essentially going to be one of these three types of learning styles paired with an interpersonal or intrapersonal preference. In other words, you either like working with others or you don’t.

    Conclusion

    Have you taken the learning style quiz yet? If not, here is the link again.

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    If you spend just five to ten minutes on this quiz, it may give you insight into learning styles that will change your life.

    Maybe you were a bad student in school and didn’t realize that this had something to do with it. If you were a kinesthetic learner, for example, you probably hated school with a passion. Use this information to grow in knowledge and, thus, improve the overall quality of your life.

    Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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    What to Do When Bored at Work (And Why You Feel Bored Actually)

    What to Do When Bored at Work (And Why You Feel Bored Actually)

    It’s Monday again… The annoying alarm breaks the piece of silence you are enjoying. You keep pressing snooze and don’t want to leave your bed. As the hour hand points to 8, every muscle in your body feels sore.

    You arrive your office and turn on the computer at your seat. Everything seems so normal, except your mind wanders… you’re feeling bored at work…

    If this sounds familiar to you, chances are you feel bored at work, and you are probably here to look for ways to get rid of this dreadful situation.

    In this article, I’ll look into why you may feel bored at work, the little-known consequence of it and what to do when bored at work.

    The Real Reason Why You’re Bored at Work

    Boredom reveals the potential problems you have at work:

    Your interest and your work don’t match.

    It’s very common that our work doesn’t match our interest, but we might not realize it sometimes. It’s good for you to think about why you applied for this job and why you started your job at the first place:

    Because the salary was attractive? Or you had no other options but this job interview? Or you just wanted a new environment?

    If these are your major concerns, you need to reconsider your interests in this job.

    You’re not using your capabilities fully.

    Everyone has their strengths and talents. When your capabilities are not fully utilized at your job, you may find the assigned tasks not challenging at all.

    Worse still, you may start to question your value in your company and gradually lose motivation at work.

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    You have little opportunity for growth and learning.

    Imagine you do the same tasks for two weeks, or two months, or two years, over and over. How would you feel? I’m sure you’ll be bored to death.

    If your company doesn’t provide enough opportunities to grow and learn, and you can’t see any improvement, you will start to get disappointed and probably feel bored at your job.

    You have too much idle time.

    It’s important to take breaks at work. But when you are too free, it is a problem.

    When you have too much idle time, your mind wanders off to somewhere else:

    Thinking about where to eat, your relationship problems, or what your neighbor said this morning.

    Although your mind is occupied, these thoughts are generated because you are bored.

    You feel exhausted and tired.

    You have so many goals to achieve in life or things to manage beyond work. It’s easy to shift your attention and energy away from your work because you are too occupied with other parts of your life.

    While you pay less effort at work, the less motivated and interested you are in your job, which in turn bores you even more.

    You have no clear goal.

    People who have stayed in a position for a long time easily feel lost.

    You start to get confused with what you want to obtain from the job. You get used to your repeating daily routine and gradually lose your passion and interests in your job.

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    The Little-Known Consequences of Ignoring Your Boredom

    You might think it’s okay to deal with your boredom later, but the longer you put this problem on hold, the more consequences you will face.

    Don’t ignore your boredom, it might take a toll on you!

    Increased stress

    A number of readers of Stress Relief Workshop commented:[1]

    • Boring jobs can be really stressful.
    • Feeling like your skills are going to waste in your current job can be stressful.

    Developing bad habits

    Experts reckon people relieve their boredom by drinking alcohol, indulging in unhealthy food, or carrying out risky actions at work.

    When you leave your problem unsolved, you might find stimulation elsewhere to override your boredom.

    Poor mental health

    A study[2] shows an upsetting fact young adults or fresh graduates may develop depressions or black moods, because they:

    “find themselves having to do work that doesn’t stretch them and keep them fulfilled.”

    Low productivity

    Like I mentioned before, when you are bored and uninterested in what you do, your productivity drops drastically.

    6 Things to Do When You’re Bored at Work

    Boredom won’t go away unless you take actions.

    So how to cure boredom? Fortunately there are ways you can change the situation:

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    1. Tell your boss or supervisor about your working situation

    It’s always good for you to talk to your boss or supervisor if they welcome feedback. They should be the right people to talk to as they can understand and help you.

    You can request for more challenging tasks or work that fit your interests. This can not only get you out from boredom, your boss will also appreciate your willingness to improve and learn.

    2. Try to do more than you are expected to

    To use your ability and time fully, try to do more than what your boss requires. After you finish the repetitive or unchallenging tasks, spend some time to take on tasks that are beyond your responsibilities.

    As time goes by, your boss will notice and recognize your work ethic. You may get interesting tasks in the future to keep you going!

    3. Learn new skills when you are free

    If you have too much downtime, expand your knowledge and learn something new. A well-equipped person is always the gem in a boss’ eyes.

    For example, if you work in the design team but are not familiar with the use of design software, it’s a good chance for you to have some self-learning time.

    4. Know what you want from your job

    This is important — when you know your goal, it can motivate you to work!

    It’s fine to take some time to discover your goal and passion. But please remember to jot it down on a note and stick it on your desk as a reminder.

    You may also consider some career advice if you need help.

    5. Take breaks to fight exhaustion

    Taking rest is a preparatory step for a longer journey ahead. Don’t ever hesitate to take a break. You need it!

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    It’s crucial for you if you want to achieve more. Just get back to work when you feel ready. Don’t underestimate the power of a short break!

    6. Quit your job if it’s holding you back

    If you still find your work boring after trying every single method above, you should consider quitting your current job.

    Opportunities are everywhere, there may be a better job waiting for you.

    Make a change in your life and treat yourself better!

    Final Thoughts

    When you feel bored at work, it’s actually a warning sign you shouldn’t overlook. It could mean you’re missing a purpose in life.

    If you let this boredom continue, you’re putting your mental health and happiness at stake.

    Stop doing the same thing every day and let yourself feel bored. Start making a change to make yourself feel enthusiastic again about your career and your life.

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    Reference

    [1] Life Stress Balls: Stress at work
    [2] Sunday Post: Being bored at work is bad for your health

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