For many people, when you want to advance your career, this requires furthering your education. This could mean signing up for some classes at a local community college, getting another degree, or even just taking some courses online.
However, too many people approach furthering their education with the wrong mindset. It isn’t about simply passing a class so you can get a different job – it’s about learning new skills that you can apply to your future career.
To make the most of your furthering education attempts, you need to first figure out what kind of learner you are. Everyone has their own preferred way of learning things.
If you try to learn things in a way that isn’t suitable for you, you’ll likely find the classes harder than necessary and you won’t retain the information as well.
In terms of learning styles, there are 7 major types. They are:
Some styles are better suited for different subjects, but you can usually find a way to incorporate any of them into what you need to learn.
For example, you may think that the Musical style of learning only applies when you want to learn a new musical instrument. But, if you need to learn a list of facts, turning them into a song is an effective way to do so.
To determine what kind of learner you are, you need to know what each type consists of. By learning the differences between each type, you can then see which one applies best to you.
For example, let’s say you’re someone who is great at communicating with others. This includes being able to listen to others, absorb the information, and communicate back in a variety of ways. A person like this would likely fall into the Verbal category. This type of person would learn best by reading and writing notes, and participating in class discussions.
On the other hand, if you’re an Athletic type of learner, those methods would likely not work for you. You’d do better with hands on activities, or applying the things you learn to real-life examples.
Figuring out what type of learner you are can help not only with your study habits, but it can even help you decide where to learn. For example, Athletic learners might not do as well in an online class, because it isn’t conducive to hands on learning. But Intrapersonal learners would love them, as they allow for independent study.
To help you decide on what kind of learner you are, use the infographic below. It goes over each type of learner, so you can see which one best applies to you.
With this information you can then make better decisions about where and how you study, so that you can make the most of your new education when it comes time to advance your career.