It goes without saying that people differ in how they approach a
learning task. Each individual's learning style
is how that person best absorbs and processes information. There is no "right"
style, since different circumstances can give different styles an
learning styles have several dimensions--including social, sensory, and
Before you begin studying, you need to find out what kind of learner
you are. How much and how easily you learn will in
part depend on whether your study strategies are suited to your learning
Learning Style Assessments
Most people have a tendency to consistently use one of their
senses--especially vision, hearing, or touch--more than the others when
they need to learn something new. To evaluate your sensory
preference, complete one or more of the following tests:
A Learning Style Survey for College
Most people tend to use one side of their brain more than the other.
This is called hemispheric dominance.
For example, people who are extremely good with details are thought to
be "left-brained" (analytical) processors, while many artists and people
who frequently speak in metaphors are considered "right-brained" or
global processors. The following instrument purports to assess your
tendency to be right- or left-brained in the way you approach
information and problems.
Tennessee State University Learning Style Survey
The hyperlinks listed above give you hints about the ways you prefer
to absorb and process information. Now that you have taken at
least one of each type of test and reviewed the results, visit the
and compare your learning style with some study strategy options.