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Determining Your Intelligence Type

Many students, particularly those who have been out of school for a while, wonder if they have what it takes to successfully complete a course. You may be wondering if you have the intelligence, insight, or determination to effectively complete an online course or distance learning program. Well, in order to help you make the best of your learning experience, you may be interested in finding out more about your intelligence type. By determining your intelligence type, you can tailor your study habits to help you succeed to your fullest potential when it comes to online learning.

Multiple Intelligences
Though we often measure intelligence with a single IQ quotient or letter grade, intelligence is actually something that is quite difficult to determine. This is because intelligence is not a one-dimensional thing. For instance, you could be an excellent mathematician, but simply horrible when it comes to writing a poem or solving a crossword. Does this mean you aren’t intelligent? Of course not! The notion of intelligence actually encompasses a number of different aptitudes that all blend together.

This idea of multiple intelligences was actually developed in the 1980s by a Harvard professor named Howard Gardner. Gardner recognized that everyone learns in different ways because everyone has their own unique blend of intelligence. Gardner determined that there were seven different types of intelligence. Each person has a different combination of these seven intelligences, which work together to form overall intelligence. Depending upon your genetic makeup and the environment in which you were raised, your intelligences could be quite different from that of your best friend or classmate.

Study Habits and Intelligence
In order to maximize your distance education or online school experience, you can actually tailor your study habits according your different types of intelligence. All you need to do is to determine which types of intelligence you possess the most of. Of course, everyone has a little bit of all the seven intelligences, however, you will possess more of some intelligences than others. Quizzes and tests are available online or you can ask your school for an intelligence sorter when you apply.

 

Types of Intelligence and Study Habits

There are seven different intelligence types. Each intelligence type is best suited to a particular way of studying.

Linguistic Intelligence
Linguistic intelligence is commonly referred to as being "word smart." If you have linguistic intelligence, you are probably very good when it comes to understanding and manipulating words, letters, and phrases. People who are word smart love to read, play word games, and write down notes and stories. They also like to discuss information actively with others.

 

    Study Tips: If you possess linguistic intelligence, try taking detailed notes when you are reading or working on the internet. Keep a personal journal of what you learn, describing what you think about different issues related to learning topics. You might also try creating and using flash cards in order to memorize materials.

Logical/Mathematical Intelligence
Logical/mathematical intelligence is sometimes referred to as being "number smart." If you are number smart, you work well with numbers and equations, as well as logic problems. People with logical/mathematical intelligence are also capable of coming up with effective solutions for complex problems.

 

    Study Tips: If you possess a lot of logical/mathematical intelligence, try making charts or graphs of the information you have learned. Classify and categorize your notes when you are studying or organize class materials according to importance to help you stay on task.

Spatial Intelligence
People who possess spatial intelligence are often referred to as being "picture smart." If you have spatial intelligence, you are excellent when it comes to creativity, art, and drawing. You also learn best when you are able to express your ideas visually.

 

    Study Tips: Spatial learners should make use of their love of pictures when studying. Try creating pictures to represent certain terms or concepts from your class material. Sketch pictures alongside your notes to help you remember ideas and create graphs and charts to visualize information.

Kinesthetic Intelligence
People with kinesthetic intelligence are often referred to as being "body smart." These people learn best by doing and love to work with their hands. They enjoy exercising and being outdoors.

 

    Study Tips: People who are body smart can learn effectively by acting out concepts from class. Try linking your newly acquired knowledge with real life examples or interact with others when studying.

Musical Intelligence
If you have musical intelligence you are "music smart." This means that you can understand the relationship between logic and creativity, particularly when it is manifested as sounds or beats. You excel when it comes to working with different rhythms.

 

    Study Tips: Musical learners can enhance their studying by listening to music when completing online learning. You might also try to create rhymes or mnemonics to help you remember important information.

Interpersonal Intelligence
People with interpersonal intelligence are "people smart." They enjoy working actively with others and know how to express their ideas and opinions effectively. People with interpersonal intelligence relate well to others and enjoy discussing things with family and friends.

 

    Study Tips: If you have interpersonal intelligence, you will probably study best when surrounded by others. Discuss class materials with fellow classmates in online forums, or join a study group online.

Intrapersonal Intelligence
If you have intrapersonal intelligence you are "self smart." You excel when it comes to working on your own and you have the ability to figure things out for yourself.

 

    Study Tips: If you have a lot of intrapersonal intelligence, you may want to focus on studying alone. Find a quiet place without distraction where you can learn effectively. Try keeping personal notes alongside your class materials to help clarify concepts and ideas.

 

 
 
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