Do you know your preferred learning style? I didn't...
I hated school and was especially bad at English.
After leaving school and for many years after I kept the belief I was bad at English and would avoid any type of written work where possible - I guess that's why I started my career in accounting!
It was only after career promotions and facing the need to become a better written communicator that I addressed the problem. Here's the kicker ... the truth was, it wasn't a problem!
As it turns out with some persistence I began to write well. Now, this may sound like the difference between school and my career was practice but no. I did practice in school. The difference was how I practiced! It turns out I am a visual and kinesthetic learner - meaning I learn best through images and movement. Typical schools have you sit and read quietly. I simply didn't learn that way.
Knowing my default learning style (which for me is a mix) has helped me to learn much faster.
When it comes to processing information, your brain is the most important part of your body. It’s where all thinking, learning, and decision-making takes place. If you know your learning style, then you can learn smarter, not harder!
In fact, when you want to develop any new skill, whether in your career or life, knowing your learning style can help you to become super productive.
Want to know your default learning style?
Take this Learning Style Quiz and find out yours!
A learning style is an individual’s approach to learning based on strengths, weaknesses, and preferences. And knowing yourself as a learner is important if you want to achieve to the best of your ability.
One of the simplest models describes three primary styles of learning:
A visual learner learns by reading or seeing pictures. While auditory learners, learn by hearing and listening. And Kinaesthetic learners, learn by touching and doing.
It is important to know, there is no right or wrong learning style. Each style has advantages and disadvantages. Knowing your learning style is not meant to limit you, but to expand you – by helping you to work, learn and live more efficiently.
Everyone has a default learning style - meaning a preference or mode they spend more time - in order to learn best. Knowing your default learning style can help you accelerate learning and master skills.
However, it is important to recognize that you are unique and will use a mix of styles to achieve your learning outcomes.
What's most important is being self-aware and experiment with different learning methods to find your very own sweet spot. That's when you get the pay off!
Andrew is a strategist, career performance expert and mindset master. A qualified Chartered Accountant and former CFO, he has a variety of experience in top 100 corporates, professional services and building businesses. His passion is ‘results driven education’ and maximising experiential learning to rapidly develop individuals for real results.