While putting together the latest piece for Ashford’s Forward Thinking blog, I started thinking about all the ways I attempted to absorb information in high school. I used to record myself reading notes aloud and play them back when I slept. That didn’t work because the sound of my own voice kept me up and I had to turn off the recording. I also tried sleeping with a book under my pillow, and once actually slept with my face on my notes. I didn’t do very well in high school.
I got better as I realized my learning style. When someone is speaking or giving a lecture, I can’t just listen, I need to be writing or typing my notes or my mind will wander off. I can work with chaos around me (I did it for years in news), but I prefer to work with music in my ears because it fuels me creatively.
I bring all this up to draw your attention to a Buzzfeed poll — “What Kind of Learner Are You” — posted by my team last November. Nearly 300,000 people responded, and we published the results this week. You can read the article, and the accompanying infographic, here.
Here’s a link if you want to take the poll.