Finding Your Learning Style Part 2

On one end, you see nothing but every little tree in the forest. On the other, you just see a forest and you don’t care about the specific trees involved.

The important thing to remember about scales it isn’t just your preference and what helps you understand, but it also points out your weaknesses. If you gravitate toward intuitive learning, for example, you may realize you’re missing out on important facts, or tend to disregard them. Know this and understand this, then make up for it; you’ll find your grades improving quickly.

The Styles

Styles are less in opposition with one another. Some people have more than one style that really grabs their attention and all at varying levels, while others may only stand out strongly with one specific style. It’s good to know your style so you know what kind of information to look for, be it more words, more pictures, an audio track, or seeking a hands on experience.

Visual Learning Style

Pictures and images allow visual learners to grasp information better. Charts, graphs, and diagrams were invented by and for these people, for the most part. If you’re a visual learner, you may find it helpful to attempt to draw out whatever you’re working with and build mental maps of information.

Haptic Learning Style (or Tactile)

Haptic learners want to touch stuff. They like getting their hands dirty, feeling out and personally experiencing the information they’re dealing with. Often, they are trial and error people who don’t really get the instructions for baking a cake until they have actually entered the process of attempting to bake a cake. Haptic learners do well in subjects that are built around these concepts, like craftsmanship or the aforementioned cooking.

Verbal Learning Style

If you’re a verbal learner, chances are you were one of those people wondering why everyone else thought school was so difficult. Most schools, public, traditional, or online, seem to focus on verbal learning. Words, words, words. Reading. Writing. Verbal learners want written instructions and understand language well.

Auditory Learning Style

Auditory learners get a lot out of sound and music. They’re the kind of people who hear something once, and then remember it forever. Verbal lectures and audio tutorials groove best with these types, and if you find yourself this type and in an online class, be at ease to know that audio lectures even in online schools are becoming more and more common.

So which style is mine?

The absolute best way to learn to your learning style is to try them all. Most quizzes will give you a fuzzy idea, but for every new subject you must learn, use all of them, and then take mental notes about which styles were most effective for you and when, and which ones were downright uncomfortable or difficult. Once you know, you can waste less time with what doesn’t work, and spend more time with what does while being conscious enough of your weaknesses to cover them.

Finding Your Learning Style Part 1

Your learning style is the way that you absorb information most effectively. Some people also refer to this as “multiple intelligences.” You may have heard this information tossed around before; John learns better when he has pictures to follow because he has a visual learning style. Mary doesn’t understand something until after she’s been able to touch and experience it because she has a haptic learning style. For the most part, I find many people perform best when they have many angles from which to understand new material, but the fact still stands that most of us have one way that works better for ourselves than others. It’s important to familiarize yourself with your learning style, especially for online schooling, because it allows you to seek out and supplement your education with the information you, specifically, will need to improve your understanding.

There are many learning style surveys that can help you determine your learning style out there if you’re struggling, but sometimes, finding your learning style can be trial and error. After all, how do you know if you’re a visual learner if you’ve been saturated with verbal learning? You may have never thought to give pictures a chance. What you need to know is what your options are.

Different people split the learning styles in different ways. Personally, I like to split the concept into what I call scales and styles.

The Scales

For scaled styles, most people fall in-between more so than extremes. I find these kinds of learning behaviors are also much more dependent on one’s mood. They may vary depending on the day or subject, but generally gravitate around a specific side more than another.

Interpersonal vs Intrapersonal

Interpersonal learners like to learn with others and in groups. They get a better understanding when they can bounce ideas off of others and communicate their experiences. Intrapersonal learners are the opposite; groups distract them and they learn best when they can be introspective about the subject.

Sensory vs Intuitive

Sensory learners like facts; intuitive learners like concepts, ideas, and theories. If you’re more sensory, you want concrete, specific data and information to help you understand, while the intuitive among you will want more suggested examples and fuzzy ideas

Details vs Big Picture

No fancy words for this one. Either you’re detail oriented and get caught up in the smallest nuances, or you prefer to ignore the tiny pieces of information and get a bigger, global idea of the whole picture.

Test Preparation Tips for the College Student

College tests are a whole different ball game. No matter what school you came from, things are much more advanced and difficult in college. But that doesn’t mean you should give up. You just need a new game plan, a new plan of attack for how you can succeed on college tests. Check out these tips to help you get started on your way to acing your exams.

Don’t skip class.

This seems obvious, but it’s important. Even the most dedicated students find themselves in moments where they don’t want to get out of bed, or want to go out with friends instead of going to class. But you need to go to class. Falling behind is difficult to catch up when your workload is so heavy. Class is the first step to putting all of the information you need to know for the test into your brain.

Don’t assume you’ll remember.

You might think when you hear an important piece of information for the first time that it’s so obvious you’ll definitely remember it for the test. But don’t make any assumptions. The test is farther off than you think, and with the volume of information you’re absorbing, you never know what you’ll forget. Take notes so you can refer to them later and know exactly what went on.

Summarize your information.

Take your notes and summarize them. It may seem tedious, but it’s actually a great step towards memorization. Not only that, but it’s the perfect way to force yourself to organize your thoughts. Summarizing refers to the process of paraphrasing and organizing a lot of information, which will make it much easier for you to recall.

Leave yourself plenty of time.

Don’t try to cram for college tests. It might have worked in high school, but it won’t work in college. You’ll only be putting yourself at a disadvantage. Create a schedule and start studying well in advance. Doing things piece by piece will help you to retain the information much better than learning it all last minute.

Make it fun.

Try to make studying as fun as possible. Create games or practice quizzes. Make some flash cards and work through them. Involve your friends and classmates. It doesn’t all have to be awful. The more fun and social you are able to make it, the more likely you will be to stick to your schedule and get all of your studying done.

Choosing the Perfect School for Your Associate’s Degree

You may be sure that you want to study criminal justice, but you still have to make the important decision of which school to go to. With so many schools out there to choose from, it can be really tough. But don’t worry, there are a few key factors you should examine about each school, and in doing so, it will really help to clear up the decision you have to make. So take some time, sit down, and use these tips to figure out which school will be the perfect fit for you.


You want to know that a school is academically rigorous. You also want to know that a school meets all the standards for financial stability, so that everything runs smoothly while you are there. That’s why there are independent bodies who investigate and accredit schools who meet certain criteria. You want to make sure, before you go, that your institution is properly accredited. It’s the first way of knowing that it’s a good school.


If you already know you’re interested in criminal justice or another particular major, check to see if there’s a variety of classes offered. You can probably even go sit in on one if you’d like to. But you want to know that your school has a variety of offerings to meet your needs.


Take a walk around campus. Visit any school before you agree to attend. You want to make sure that the buildings and other facilities are going to be conducive to your learning. Check out the library and the cafeteria, they’re also a great chance to ask any questions you have to current students. They’ll give you the real information about what’s going on  at the school.

Career Services

Every school has a career services office, but some are more effective than others. You want to be certain that the school you pick will have the staff on hand to help you find a job once you graduate. After all, the job is the reason why you’re going to school to get the degree in the first place.


It’s obvious that teachers are very important to your learning process. But most students don’t think to check them in advance. Particularly in the realm of criminal justice, examine their work experience to see if they’re going to bring valuable knowledge to class with them.


What better way to judge a school than to look at other students and see if they’ve been successful. Compare the employment rate of their graduates to the other schools you’re looking at. Even better, compare graduation rates. You want a school where the students are completing their degrees, not dropping out.


Academic support is another important factor in your decision making. You want to know there’s a strong system in place to support students, including resources as well as tutors and other aides and counselors. That way you can be sure you’ll make it through no matter what happens.