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That learning thing
This questionnaire supposedly tells you about your preferred modes of learning.

My scores were:
  • Visual: 3
  • Aural: 2
  • Read/Write: 8
  • Kinesthetic: 4

The only thing that surprises me is that my visual score isn't higher. I know I'm hopeless at processing aural information -- though it's odd; I can easily follow multi-person conversations, but try to give me directions/instructions verbally and I will have to write them down if there's any hope of me absorbing them or even remembering them.

The questions about getting directions from people really irritated me, though. Perhaps I am peculiar in this but I would not want somebody to tell me directions, draw me a map, or pick me up in a car. I would just want them to TELL ME THE BLOODY ADDRESS so that I can use an actual real printed map, or multimap, or whatever. Much more useful for me, much less effort for them.

But, yeah. Anyway.
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From: rmc28 Date: October 14th, 2004 07:35 am (UTC) (Link)
TELL ME THE BLOODY ADDRESS

Absolutely. That's my preferred method too.
filecoreinuse From: filecoreinuse Date: October 14th, 2004 07:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Do you prefer to hear someone's directions and write them down yourself or have them write it for you? I think thats the difference the questionnaire is trying to get at. I was 3/4s at everything except for 7 at read-write.
j4 From: j4 Date: October 14th, 2004 09:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Do you prefer to hear someone's directions and write them down yourself or have them write it for you?

No.
huskyteer From: huskyteer Date: October 14th, 2004 07:45 am (UTC) (Link)
8 for Read/Write; 1, 1, 2 for the others. No surprises there.
nja From: nja Date: October 14th, 2004 07:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Visual: 5
Aural: 1
Read/Write: 5
Kinesthetic: 6

I used to get into blazing rows when I used to drive a minibus full of adults. Every now and then we'd have to pick up someone new. The man who knew where people lived wouldn't tell me the address so I could look it up in my A-Z, he had to sit behind me saying "turn left here" just as we got to the junction and I had no time to slow down, or (even worse) waving his hands behind my head and saying "you should have turned down there". One of the other drivers was disciplined for calling him a "silly old c***".

My father navigates by road numbers. I navigate by looking at the towns along the route beforehand and reading the road signs, and to some extent also by the "shape" of the route (so a schematic map is no good - I need to see the actual layout of the roads). I think direction-finding is one of those things where there are so many ways of doing it, and people's preferences are so important, that insisting on other people doing it your preferred way is utterly stupid.
juggzy From: juggzy Date: October 14th, 2004 01:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's the thing, though, isn't it, teaching Other People that there are multiply preferred ways of doing things. I stop people who are trying to give me directions aurally. I say, "draw a map". Or even "Give me the postcode, I'll find a map, I'm a visual thinker (highest mark = 10 on Jan's test), NO, SHUT UP, STOP TALKING, JUST DRAW FER FUXACHE."

OTOH, I have had people say "Fer fuxache, stop drawing, just tell me." Those people are in the wrong, of course.

vinaigrettegirl From: vinaigrettegirl Date: October 14th, 2004 08:22 am (UTC) (Link)
My scores were:

Visual: 2
Aural: 3
Read/Write: 4
Kinesthetic: 4

Apparently I don't learn much by any route. :-) So no surprises there.

(Oh, yeah, they did say I was "multi-modal". Also no surprises there. I can navigate as long as I'm not with 'II; or with him and a compass, as he's cued into his native country and I'm not. Put me down pretty well anywhere in the States and I'm fine. Mental and neuronal mapping is great fun *{sigh}*).

I did once get from Cambridgeto the right address in Jesmond purely by using geographical nous, but I did have the actual address, which is Cheating.
addedentry From: addedentry Date: October 14th, 2004 08:49 am (UTC) (Link)
try to give me directions/instructions verbally and I will have to write them down if there's any hope of me absorbing them or even remembering them.

Don't think. Just obey.
j4 From: j4 Date: October 14th, 2004 09:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Don't think. Just obey.

But this doesn't actually work for the purposes of underst...

... er, sorry, I mean "Yes, sir".
burkesworks From: burkesworks Date: October 14th, 2004 08:56 am (UTC) (Link)
3/3/3/4. Reassuring to know I'm still as unteachable as ever.
livredor From: livredor Date: October 14th, 2004 08:58 am (UTC) (Link)
I learn by reading / writing. Really no surprise in my getting 12 in that category. But as such, I found it incredibly annoying how all the questions switch pronouns in mid-flow and generally aren't grammatical. Grr.
keirf From: keirf Date: October 14th, 2004 09:16 am (UTC) (Link)
incredibly annoying how all the questions switch pronouns

Agreed. I kept thinking: "How do I know what you would do, stupid quiz-setting person?"

So I gave up.
imc From: imc Date: October 15th, 2004 09:20 am (UTC) (Link)
5, 5, 9, 8. I have a multimodal (VARK) learning preference, apparently. But I wouldn't trust that result too much as I found myself not really knowing the answers to most of the questions.
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