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Improve Your Nursing School Success: Use Your Individual Learning Style (A Learning Series)

You Are Unique

As we explore the concept of learning, you need to first understand that your brain is very different from the next student, and all students learn in very different ways!  Determining how you learn best is crucial for your success!  Your brain is very complex and you only use a small part of it.  You will be surprised at how you will be able to recall things much easier when you use the right neurological pathway to facilitate your learning (Felder & Brent, 2005). 

It is important for you to understand that there is true value from finding your individual learning style, because it helps you to use the right neurological pathway for optimal learning.  Therefore, investigate how you learn best, recognize what type learner that you are, and then seek ways to promote this style of learning.  It is amazing how simply doing these few things can enhance the learning process for you, allowing you to stop memorizing and truly learn to apply and analyze new information! What a winning combination!     

Learning Styles

The skill used most in school for learning is called language processing.  It is used when listening to lecture, reading textbooks, taking tests, studying for tests, and even writing papers. 

Did you know that there are seven different learning styles? Not only that, but everyone has a mix of learning styles. Some may find that they have a dominant learning style, with far less use of the other styles, while others may find that they use different styles in different situations. There is no fixed or right combination. You can develop your ability to learn in less dominant styles, as well as further develop styles that you already use well (, 2017).

Your learning styles have more influence than you may realize. Your preferred styles guide the way you learn and change the way you internalize experiences, the way you remember information, and even the words you select. We will discuss these learning styles more throughout this learning series. Evidence indicates that each learning style uses different portions of the brain. By involving more of the brain during learning, you will remember more of what you are wanting to learn.

Brain Responsibility

Let’s look at what lobe of the brain is responsible for the seven different styles of learning.

Learning Style

Brain Lobe




Manages visual sense



Right temporal is very important for music


Temporal / Frontal

Manages language understanding


Cerebellum / Motor cortex (back of frontal lobe)

Handle physical movement



Left side drives logical thinking


Frontal / Temporal

Limbic System

Handle social activities

Deals with emotions, moods, aggression


Frontal / Parietal

Limbic System

Handle social activities

Deals with emotions, moods, aggression

(, 2017)

The Seven Learning Styles: A Quick Overview

Learning Style

Learning Preference

Visual (Spatial)

Pictures, images

Aural (Auditory, musical)

Sound, music

Verbal (Linguistic)

Spoken and written words

Physical (Kinesthetic)

Using body parts, hands, touch

Logical (Mathematical)

Logic, reasoning, systems

Social (Interpersonal)

Learn with other people, groups

Solitary (Intrapersonal)

Work alone, self-study (2017)

Do you know what type of learner you are? Are you taking advantage of all the learning styles that could help you achieve success in nursing school? The rest of this series will look at each of the learning styles and ways that you can implement them to take advantage of your entire brain! Join me next time when we talk about the visual (spatial) learning style.



References (2017). Overview of Learning Styles. Retrieved from 


Felder, R. M., & Brent, R. (2005).  Understanding student differences.  Journal of Engineering Education, 94 (1), 57-72. Retrieved from (2017). Learning Styles. Retrieved from

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