Learning styles and how they affect you

Learning styles are different ways to receive and process information in order to learn it. The three primary learning styles are visual, auditory and kinesthetic. People with a visual preference learn best when they see information. Those with an auditory preference learn best by hearing. Individuals who learn best by actually doing something with the information have a kinesthetic preference.

We have all become effective at dealing with information presented to us in various ways in various situations in order to learn words, math concepts, spatial relationships and so on. However, we've all found ourselves unable to grasp something we've heard, read, or watched. This does not reflect our motivation or our effort, and it certainly does not reflect our intelligence. It simply means we have been presented with information in a style or mode other than our preferred style, the one that works best for us.

There is no right or wrong style or mode of learning, just different styles and combinations of styles (multimodal). Knowing your preferred learning style creates an awareness of what works best for you. This awareness empowers you to recognize situations when you need to create alternative modes for dealing with information and enables you to master learning all types of information.

Becoming a Power Learner

Becoming a Power Learner will help you maximize every learning opportunity you encounter throughout your lifetime. Power Learning is about transforming your existing learning process into one that is highly tuned for you as an individual.

Information you will find in your learning style report

Your learning style report will provide you with the following information based on your individual responses to the MPL Learning Style Assessment:

  • How to interact with instructors and what to ask for to make the most of your learning preference(s)
  • Tips about what to do in a wide variety of classroom situations to get the most out of each and every class
  • Techniques that can maximize your effectiveness as a learner during study time
  • Test preparation and performance skills

Also, learn to boost your effectiveness in situations where you must rely on your less preferred learning styles:

  • Communication strategies to improve interaction with instructors who teach in a style other than your preferred learning style
  • Techniques to enhance comprehension and retention of new information in the classroom
  • Study tips and exercises for strengthening your less preferred learning styles
  • Test preparation and performance skills that you can use with your less preferred learning styles