STYLES & THINKING STYLES
What is a LEARNING
our Free Learning Style Indicator)
A learning style
is how you receive information most efficiently
Auditory learners receive information
best by listening; they tend to learn
best through lectures & audio-based
Visual learners learn better when visual aids are used (slide presentations, films,
white boards, etc.). They would rather read to learn than listen to learn.
to learn by doing. They learn
best when they are allowed to use their
hands and sense of touch to learn new
information and apply new skills.
What is a THINKING STYLE? (Take
our Free Thinking Style Indicator)
A thinking style
is how you process information most efficiently
thinkers") prefer a structured
approach when processing information. If
instructions use a sequenced format (i.e. Step A,
Step B, Step C, etc.) strong linear thinkers
will feel more comfortable starting
"Step B" only after "Step A" has been completed.
Overall, linear thinkers like predictability and
Mathematics & Accounting are linear-oriented subjects.
(or "strategic thinkers")
are more comfortable with new
information if they can put it into
context with the big picture. They
also tend to be impatient with
linear subjects and step-by-step
instructions - they prefer access to
all the information (early on) so
they can relate it to their overall
Philosophy & Literature are
THINK ABOUT IT
Planning a "Road Trip"
They plan out every detail.
they will determine the location of restaurants, roads to travel,
items to bring)
They get in the car and drive.
(i.e. they will determine
the destination and deal with any issues along the way)
Toys, or Electronics
They neatly lay out
all the parts and carefully read the
instructions before starting the assembly.
They look at
a picture of the assembled product and try to put it together like a jigsaw puzzle.
(i.e. "this piece looks like it fits here, this piece probably goes over
Of course, it would be nearly impossible for
a person to possess only one learning style - or be strictly a linear or global thinker
- and still be able to function adequately in
our complex world. Even if you have a dominant style, at some point you will
need to incorporate
a variety of learning and thinking styles to complete certain tasks.
For example, when determining how much to tip
a waiter or waitress, you must use linear skills
(to calculate the percentage for the tip),
and global skills (to judge the quality
What game do you like to play the most? What part of that game was the easiest
for you to learn? As you think about it, you will notice that you
incorporate your own personal thinking style
into how you learn (and play) your favorite games.
A golfer with a strong linear preference, for
example, will have a set routine before
each swing and focus intently on the mechanics
of the game. A golfer with a strong global
preference may tend to be more of a "feel"
player and pay less attention to the numerous
details of the golf swing. Of course,
it doesn't have to be a game; it can be
a hobby, or even a work-related task. Think of your personal thinking style
as your personal aptitude, something that comes
relatively natural to you.
But what about those boring and tedious tasks you tend to avoid? The first step
is to examine how you usually complete those tasks. You might be using a
technique that someone else taught you - a technique that worked for your
instructor, but may not match your particular way of thinking. If so, consider
what you ultimately want to achieve, then re-invent the process using your
own learning and thinking style. At first, it
may seem a bit awkward because we're all accustomed
to following instructions from others, but if
you make small changes in the process as you
go, the transition to your own style will feel
more natural. Equally important, as you apply
your own way of thinking to each task, the process
becomes less of a chore, and even a personal
challenge on how to do it better each time.
MAKE IT EASY ON YOURSELF
Despite the known benefits of using one's personal
learning and thinking style, adults often neglect
using their strongest style when learning new information. In fact, many adults still follow
the standardized way of learning they were taught
in elementary school. But don't blame the school
system entirely, it was designed to educate
as many children as possible, as quickly as
possible, and as inexpensively as possible -
a very difficult assignment, to say the least.
Of course, generic learning in today's fast-paced world is not practical. How quickly you learn and
process information will determine how valuable
you are to your employer, and how successful
you will be in managing your time and resources well into the future.
COMMUNICATING WITH STYLE
WHERE WE COME IN
Knowing how to learn and process
new information efficiently is actually only the first step. Unless you're
stranded on a desert island and only talk to a volleyball named "Wilson", you
need to know how to effectively communicate new information.
Therefore, you should always consider the learning and thinking styles of the people
you communicate with. Do you know someone that "needs" to hear all the
details before making a decision - or maybe someone whom quickly loses
interest if you provide too many details during a conversation?
Essentially, you need to hit the hot buttons of the people you communicate with
(e.g. provide details to a linear thinker and provide concepts to a global
thinker). In the end, when you provide others the information they need -
in a format that's natural to them - they will be more receptive to your message
and more likely to remember what you say or write.
we can show you how to take advantage of your personal
learning and thinking style, and how to communicate with others whom have
different styles. We can also show you how to personally "cross-over" to a
style that's not natural to you. After all,
there will be times at work, home, or school when you need to leave your thinking comfort zone
to learn and communicate new information. And knowing how to seamlessly adapt to a new
way of doing something will reduce your stress, and improve your overall
efficiency and effectiveness.
Because we recognize that everyone has their own unique style, our programs do
not involve rigid models or formulas that must be followed without deviation.
Life is full of deviations; therefore, we'll show you a variety of flexible
strategies so you can select which strategies work best for your personal
learning and thinking style. And as you already know, if you're not comfortable with a
particular strategy, you won't continue to use it.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (800) 692-1727
firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, to learn more about each of our
programs, visit the web page that fits your particular learning situation.