If I had to make a list of my top favorite things about being alive, one of them would be the ability to learn new things every day. I’m naturally curious, and when I find something I’m interested in, I want to learn as much as I can about it. I think this is the reason why social media is fascinating to many people. Twitter is an endless stream of interesting tidbits of information to learn about. If you’re like me though, you prefer to learn in some ways instead of others.

For example, I find it very difficult when someone tries to explain a complex concept to me via a long email. It just doesn’t compute in my brain. If that person explains the same thing (in the same way) via a voice convo, I usually understand quickly.

I have a friend who paces around her house (holding her notes and maybe a book) while she’s learning something new. I couldn’t figure out why she does that until I learned that kinesthetic learners prefer to be moving while learning. They feel most receptive to new information when they are not sitting still.

The most effective study or learning habits for you depends on which kind of learner you are. This infographic below by Oxford Learning Centres gives some fun, color-coded tips that might assist you next time you’re trying to learn something new.

I remember one of my teachers at University told us that taking notes helps us learn concepts. I never understood that because note taking didn’t seem to affect my ability to learn something new. Now after reading this infographic, I found out that’s because I’m not a “read and write learner.”

What kind of learner are you? One thing I see on here is that auditory learners like me shouldn’t multitask since distractions can minimize the ability to retain information. I guess that means I should close Twitter the next time I’m trying to learn something. Boo.

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Source: Infographic Journal
Photo credit: Oxford Learning Centres / mattscoggin

Article written by Diana Adams  and originally seen on PodJam.TV blog.