Learning is the process of having an experience, and that experience results in a somewhat permanent change in behavior. There are mainly three sensory preferences for learning, which are: visual learning, auditory learning, and kinesthetic learning. There are three tests that helped me see what my sensory preferences are. The three tests are: the McCarthy Learning Style Inventory test, the Children’s Psychology Learning Styles test, and the Anderson Sensory Preferences test. The McCarthy test was not very accurate with what I believe my personal learning styles/preferences are. The two tests that mostly fit my preferences are the Children’s Psychology Learning Styles test, and the Anderson Sensory Preferences test. Both of these tests were very accurate with my beliefs. I believe that my main sensory preference is visual and both tests displayed the same preference.
The Children’s Psychology Learning Styles test and the Anderson Sensory Preferences test both say that my sensory preference is visual. I usually learn things through diagrams and pictures. As I read a book, whether a textbook or a novel, I usually picture in my mind what is going on. This was portrayed in the Anderson test. Also, when I do not know how to spell a word I will write it out and see if it looks correct, which was also portrayed in the Children’s Psychology test. I also get distracted very easily especially if the distraction is something that I can see. Again the Anderson test says that this is one of my traits and I too think that this is true about me. According to the Children’s Psychology test, I like to look at my notes and diagrams when I am studying for a test, which is what I usually do. Therefore, both tests were very accurate with my beliefs in determining what my sensory preference was.
Having my sensory preference put into perspective, I can now use this knowledge to improve my academic success. I never really thought that visual distractions actually distracted me. I knew this subconsciously, but it was never really an issue to me. In other words, I really never cared to think about it. These two tests have made me realize that I do have a problem with visual distractions. As a result, I will now try to reduce my chances of being distracted by: focusing really hard on my objective, when I can feel a visual distraction coming. Also, looking at diagrams and thinking in pictures has always helped me learn and remember things better. So, I will continue doing this. Another problem that the tests have addressed to me is that I write out words to see if they are spelled correctly. I will not continue to do this and instead I will try to learn to spell the word and memorize it from the dictionary.
The sensory preference tests have been very accurate with my beliefs about my preferences. They have also put into perspective ideas and behaviors that I have never thought about. One of these behaviors is I get extremely distracted if I see something move. The tests have also made me realize how I can improve my academic success and maintain some of it. Overall these tests have also helped me for the future, in general, no matter what career I choose to take.