Left vs Right
If you took the right vs left brain quiz from the link on the previous page, you would have found the basic differences between the way left and right brained people process information. These are : linear vs holistic, logical vs intuitive, sequential vs random, verbal vs non-verbal, symbolic vs concrete, and real vs fantasy oriented.
These 5 characteristics are the reason for all the other specific differences mentioned in the following table.
If you are left-brained, you tend to: -Focus on small details
-Start from the small picture to understand the big picture
-Prefer verbal directions
-Follow a schedule
-Value facts over feelings
-Be self motivated
-Prefer a neat surrounding
Drawbacks of being left-brained
-Want to know how things are graded
-Can't work without having a valid reason/purpose
-Don't like questions with no (or many) right answer(s)
-Don't like working in groups
-Spend too much time making things perfect
Questions left-brained students ask
- What are all the facts that I need to know?
- What should my final project/paper look like?
- What are the consequences of turning it in late?
Left-Brainers: Best way to learn and retain information:
- Through detailed outlines, organized notes, formala tables, and reading material out loud.
-Study in an organized manner, going over material section by section or other chronological patterns
Majors and Occupations often chosen by Left-Brained students:
Common Majors: Business, Commerce, Engineering, and Science
Left-brained people usually make successful mathematicians, scientists, engineers, bankers, public speakers, and judges.
If you are right-brained, you tend to: -Focus on the basic concept
-Start from the big picture to understand the small picture
-Prefer visual examples
-Skip from one task to another
-Try new methods
-Are flexible with rules and facts
-Go with the flow
-Not have much care for organization/ neat
Drawbacks of being right-brained
-Have trouble explaining something in steps
-Are bad at accepting criticism
-Don't like keeping detailed records
-Don't like admitting only one answer is correct
-Tend to leave things the way they are-even if they don't turn out well
Questions right-brained students ask
- What part of my work is really necessary?
- What is my particular role?
- What does this have to do with me?
Right-Brainers: Best way to learn and retain information:
- Through visuals like charts, timelines, graphs/charts, and by labeling and coloring parts of important information.
- By understanding the relation between various concepts. (Concept maps)
Majors and Occupations often chosen by Right-Brain students:
Common Majors: Literature, Education, Arts, Nursing, Communication and Law
Right-brained people usually make successful athletes, beauticians, singers, actors, artists, writers, or craftsmen of any sort.
The following link is a great site for training your brain. It programs your strenthgs and weaknesses and provides you with activities/games to do online so that all parts of your brain are excersized.
Click on the icon below to play a game that will enhance techniques from both sides of your brain.