I wasn't a top student in schools. My parents got called into school to "figure out a solution" a lot often than others. I excel in some classes like history, chemistry and math but not others like literature. I was appalling bad at remembering all those beautiful Chinese poems no matter how many times I tried to remember them. I have never really understood why until I took the "learning style" test.
During the test, you will get to answer 40 a/b questions and in the end, you'll be presented with a report like this:
Results for: Alex DongACT X REF 11 9 7 5 3 1 1 3 5 7 9 11 SEN X INT 11 9 7 5 3 1 1 3 5 7 9 11 VIS X VRB 11 9 7 5 3 1 1 3 5 7 9 11 SEQ X GLO 11 9 7 5 3 1 1 3 5 7 9 11
- If your score on a scale is 1-3, you are fairly well balanced on the two dimensions of that scale.
- If your score on a scale is 5-7, you have a moderate preference for one dimension of the scale and will learn more easily in a teaching environment which favors that dimension.
- If your score on a scale is 9-11, you have a very strong preference for one dimension of the scale. You may have real difficulty learning in an environment which does not support that preference.
So a few interesting things I learned about myself. It's very scary to realise about this at age 35. If I have known this test early in my life, I am sure I would make a lot of choices quite differently. (Explanation can be found here. )
I'm a bit extreme on VISual vs VeRBal factor. This is exactly why I am so slow processing words, debating and remembering but I can clearly remember all the details of a street corner I drove past in a foreign city 10 years ago.
I'm a strong GLObal instead of SEQuence learner, which means I will not carefully follow through a sequence of steps and my thoughts jump around quite a bit. This explains one long question in my mind. No matter how hard I try, it's almost impossible for me to get a high score in exams. I often forget to read the questions fully.
I prefer to play with something to understand it, that makes me a ACTive instead of a REFlective learner. I guess this is the reason why I prefer computer programming instead of mechanical engineering because fundamentally I need to play to understand whereas most mechanical stuffs are done in CAD software and simulations.
I'm also a INTuitive instead of SENsing learner where I hate to repeat and love to play with new things. So trying to force myself to become a diligence worker who consistently delivers just works against my nature.
In the future of education, I believe all kids will be "profiled" so that a personalised course set will be delivered that tailored to the student's learning style. I can smell some opportunities around the corner here.