Discover Your Learning Style

Most people use a combination of learning styles but have a clear preference for just one. Understanding your learning style can make it easier for you to successfully learn material and make the experience much more enjoyable. Select the statements you agree with to find out what your learning style is.


Kinesthetic Learning

If you chose mostly kinesthetic learning statements, then you prefer to be active while studying and may not be able to focus while sitting still.  

Simply the process of interacting with our online materials by typing on the keyboard, using the mouse, taking notes, and working out problems by hand will engage your kinesthetic senses.  

Our online homework platform, XYZ Homework, allows you to work problems assigned by your instructor using the keyboard and mouse. For example, you may be asked to use your mouse to draw a graph of a linear equation on an on-screen rectangular coordinate system. Plotting the points and drawing the line that represents the equation plays into your kinesthetic style of learning.

Other ways to engage this learning style is to take breaks as you work through a section, then stand up, stretch, or walk around the room, think about a problem while standing up or walking, take notes as you read or while you listen to our online videos at MathTV, or play music while you work and tap your foot along to the beat.

All of these suggestions help the kinesthetic learner use movement to engage the brain and think creatively.

Visual Learning

If you picked mostly visual learning statements, then you benefit from seeing information on a chalkboard or in an illustration and may grow impatient listening for long periods of time.

Try our interactive and online textbooks to see information laid out in a traditional format with accompanying worksheets built into the interactive books. Also, our peer-led video tutorials at MathTV visually present concepts in a short and concise format; and our online homework system, XYZ Homework, connects instructors and students with content taught in the classroom in an easy-to-use visual format.         

Furthermore, engage your visual learning styles by using our system on various platforms: standard desktop computer or laptop, tablet, or smartphone. For example, with a smartphone, scan a QR code next to one of our examples in our printed books to view videos from our unmatched video library at MathTV Mobile. This flexibility enables a range of choices for study environments.   

Auditory Learning

If you selected mostly auditory learning statements, then you are good at absorbing information from spoken words and may understand instructions better if they are read aloud.

Utilize our unmatched video library at MathTV to help you learn mathematics. Our online library offers corresponding videos for every example in our books. Scan a QR code in your printed book, or access the videos through MathTV, and then personalize your learning experience by choosing from over 10 instructors, including some that speak Spanish.

Another way to engage your auditory learning style is to read the material in our interactive books out loud to yourself or with a study group. This includes reading out loud the homework directions, problems, and any written work you do.       

Adapted from "Learning Style Survey for Young Learners" by Andrew D. Cohen and Rebecca L. Oxford and "Learning Style Survey" by Maureen McKay | (Learning styles key) Auditory: statements 2, 6, 9, 11; Kinesthetic: statements 3, 4, 8, 12; Visual: statements 1, 5, 7, 10