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Did you know that people have different learning styles related to brain functioning? Before you think I am going to confuse you with some neurological-speak, the left brain is simply the analytical part of the brain while the right is the creative, artistic side. Thus, a left-brainer will tend to learn things sequentially, step-by-step. That means they'll start with the details in the beginning and work their way logically towards a conceptual understanding.
Right-brainers on the other hand, will look at the big picture, that is the concept, and then move towards the specifics. No one way is the "right" way but it may help to explain why you may learn something differently from the person next to you. Which type of learner are you?
LEFT-BRAINER (Analytical): 1. Verbal 2. Responds to word meaning 3. Sequential 4. Processes information linearly 5. Responds to logic 6. Plans ahead 7. Recalls people's names 8. Speaks with few gestures 9. Punctual 10. Prefers formal study design 11. Prefers bright lights while studying
RIGHT-BRAINER (Visual): 1. Visual 2. Responds to tone of voice 3. Random 4. Processes information in varied order 5. Responds to emotion 6. Impulsive 7. Recalls people's faces 8. Gestures when speaking 9. Less punctual 10. Prefers sound/music background while studying 11. Prefers frequent mobility while studying
So, if you are sometimes frustrated with learning math, just know it may be because your teacher is teaching for left-brains while you are a right-brain! But, don't give up and understand that you need to study according to your learning style. Ask questions if you do not understand a concept and remember that math is like a foreign language – it must be practised.