I took this little test [link removed] (linked to on LifeHacker) and it told me… what I already knew. But nice to have it confirmed. [Emphases mine in the description below.] Go take it, and put your results in the comments!
The results of Kelly Johnson’s learning inventory are:Visual/Nonverbal 32 Visual/Verbal 26 Auditory 12 Kinesthetic 20 Your primary learning style is:
The Visual/ Nonverbal Learning Style
You learn best when information is presented visually and in a picture or design format. In a classroom setting, you benefit from instructors who use visual aids such as film, video, maps and charts. You benefit from information obtained from the pictures and diagrams in textbooks. You tend to like to work in a quiet room and may not like to work in study groups. When trying to remember something, you can often visualize a picture of it in your mind. You may have an artistic side that enjoys activities having to do with visual art and design.
Learning Strategies for the Visual/ Nonverbal Learner:
Make flashcards of key information that needs to be memorized. Draw symbols and pictures on the cards to facilitate recall. Use highlighter pens to highlight key words and pictures on the flashcards. Limit the amount of information per card, so your mind can take a mental “picture’ of the information.
Mark up the margins of your textbook with key words, symbols, and diagrams that help you remember the text. Use highlighter pens of contrasting colors to “color code” the information.
When learning mathematical or technical information, make charts to organize the information. When a mathematical problem involves a sequence of steps, draw a series of boxes, each containing the appropriate bit of information in sequence.
Use large square graph paper to assist in creating charts and diagrams that illustrate key concepts.
Use the computer to assist in organizing material that needs to be memorized. Using word processing, create tables and charts with graphics that help you to understand and retain course material. Use spreadsheet and database software to further organize material that needs to be learned.
As much as possible, translate words and ideas into symbols, pictures, and diagrams.
I totally do some of that stuff, so that’s kinda cool. I don’t make flashcards per se (though I’ve been trying to find a good set of the US Presidents and can’t), but I do make study guides that are kinda like flashcards, and totally do the highlighter / writing in the margins thing for books. Even non-educational books. Because then later when I’m trying to recall something, I “see it” in my mind. I also do this for trying to find lost items. Unfortunately, I often remember the color of the object wrong, so I never find what I’m looking for. ‘s can opener has a red handle, but I’m always looking for a white handle (which is what mine is) or a dark blue handle (which is what I think his is), so I can never find it.