Whether you are a right-brain or a left-brain thinker can have a huge impact on the way you learn. First do the test below to find out which part of your brain is dominating your thinking!
Are you a right brain thinker?
You take notes but lose them. You may have a hard time keeping track of your research. You might have a hard time making up your mind. You are good with people. You seem dreamy, but you’re really deep in thought
You like to write fiction, draw, or play music. You take time to ponder and you think there are two sides to every story. You may lose track of time. You may find it hard to follow verbal directions.
You don’t like reading directions. You may listen to music while studying. You read lying down. You are philosophical.
Some advice for the typical right-brain student:
– Watch your daydreaming—keep it under control
– Use images and charts when you study
– Try to avoid teachers who lecture a lot; choose teachers who use activities
– Put information into categories for better understanding
– Avoid getting bogged down by thinking of all possibilities when answering questions
Are you a left brain thinker?
Then probably work with a To-Do list. You like to be the critic in class. You’re good at math or science, You are rational and logical. Your research is precise and well-documented. You set goals for yourself.
You can interpret information well. Your room is orderly. You follow directions and you do read directions.
You can listen to a long lecture without losing patience. You read sitting up. Your words are precise.
You should focus on:
– Study in a quiet and organized room
– Take advantage of your skills in math and science
– Choose non-fiction reading
– You prefer factual questions and assignments, as opposed to open-ended questions
– You can organize your notes well, so you should
– Work alone when you have a choice.
Use both sides!
Most individuals have a distinct preference for one of these styles of thinking. Some, however, are more whole-brained and equally adept at both modes. In general, schools tend to favor left-brain modes of thinking, while downplaying the right-brain ones. Children learn to use only the left side of the brain while studying. The right-brain is suppressed. But to use your whole brain, it is important to give equal weight to both sides of the brain.
A great way to stimulate the right side of your brain is to use mind maps. If you create a mind map of your learning material, you activate the “creative” right part of your brain, as well as the left part.
This way you double the capacity of the brain.. imagine what effect this will have on your grades!