Over the years of coaching and training people for the PM Exam, I have come to understand that people are really quite intrigued by the concept of different learning styles. There are some different classifications out there but basically we are talking things like; Linguistic, Kinesthetic, Visual, Interpersonal and so on.
I have found that the overwhelming majority of people really, really want to consider themselves ‘visual’ learners. If my research is accurate (and I have asked thousands of people) visual learning is the only way people learn! As I looked into this topic I started asking myself, why is it that people feel like visual learning is so cool that they have become enamored with it?
In the effort of fairness I may have tilted some people towards this answer by asking something like “You know a lot of my students are visual learners, what about you”? Practically, 100% of the people agree when asked that way.
I think that the truth is that we all have a blended learning style and at different times we are visual learners where we watch videos or look at diagrams, while in other learning situations we may be more hands on or more verbal with our learning.
I know personally many people including myself like to watch YouTube videos to help learn about how to use software or even something simple like 'how to manage stakeholder engagement' in projects, but I went online and decided to look for a learning style questionnaire and I was quite surprised at the my personal results.
I took the Vark Questionnaire and while I cannot vouch for its validity I found the results to be very interesting. Apparently I am an Aural (Hearing) learner and it gave a very cool breakdown of tips on how I should learn as an ‘Aural’ learner including breaking it out into 3 categories;
To take in the information:
SWOT – Study without tears
To make a learnable package:
To perform well in any test, assignment or examination:
Well, I really laughed when I read this last bullet about telling somebody about this because I actually chose a blog to tell as many people as I can! Feel free to try this quiz and see if you are a visual learn like everyone thinks they are – or – maybe like me you could be surprised to find out your best learning style.
Feel free to reach out with any questions or comments.
Dan Ryan, MBA, PMP, PMI-ACP