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Blog spotlight: Correlating study tips with learning styles

Nurse Leader Insider, July 20, 2009

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It can be helpful for adult learners to identify their own learning style so they can determine study strategies that work best for them. The main types of learning styles are:

  • Right brain
  • Left brain
  • Auditory
  • Visual
  • Tactile


What kind of learner are you? Visit www.StrategiesforNurseManagers.com to download a free tool to assess your auditory, visual, and tactile learning preferences. You can also use this tool to assess others' learning styles.

Click here for a fun quiz that will help you identify your right- or left-brain characteristics.

The right hemisphere of the brain is devoted to the creative aspects of learning and depends on music, visual stimulation, color, and pictures to process information. The left hemisphere of the brain is concerned with logical, reality-based functioning and is sometimes labeled the academic portion of the brain.

Auditory, visual, and tactile learners all approach studying and education in different ways. There are also differences between the approaches of left- and right-brain learners. But armed with knowledge about particular learning styles, nurse managers and staff development specialists can help learners (and themselves) develop effective study habits.

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