What is your type of intelligence?
In his theory of multiple intelligences Harvard University’s Dr Howard Gardner proposed eight types of human intelligences. Identifying and understanding which intelligence type you are will allow you to use your personal skills strategically when studying for tests and exams.
Optimise your studying process: how to use your intelligence type
1. Linguistic Intelligence
This type of intelligence refers to people who are smart with words. They talk well, write well and enjoy reading and playing word games like Scrabble. They are also great conversationalists. Strategies that help ‘word smart’ people include:
2. Logical-Mathematical Intelligence
These are ‘number smart’ people. They have the ability to think logically and are comfortable with numbers. The following tips might help number smart students:
3. Spatial Intelligence
Spatial or visual intelligence refers to the ability to visualise pictures and creations when an idea is discussed. ‘Picture smart’ people enjoy being creative, for example drawing, watching media, visiting galleries and museums, etc. They could do well with the following tips:
4. Kinaesthetic (Body Movement) Intelligence
This refers to being manually dexterous, also known as ‘body smart’. If you are body smart, you enjoy participating in physical activities such as sports and outdoor work. People who are body smart should give the following strategies a try:
5. Musical Intelligence
People who are musically intelligent are generally good at creating, understanding and appreciating beats and rhythms. Whether it is listening to music, attending concerts or singing, music smart people enjoy the process and outcome of music creation. The following strategies may improve your studying process if you are ‘music smart’:
6. Interpersonal Intelligence
This is also referred to as ‘people smart’ and is one of the most highly rewarded intelligence types in society. People who have very good interpersonal skills are good with communication. They have the ability to make others around them feel at ease and they enjoy participating in activities (going to parties, being around their friends, sharing personal stories). Tips for this type of person include:
7. Intrapersonal Intelligence
These people are good with self-analysis. They are referred to as ‘self smart’ people because they are comfortable with themselves.They have an interest in behaviour and emotions, along with thinking and reflecting. Strategies to help self smart people include:
8. Naturalistic Intelligence
These types of people understand and appreciate the natural world. Whether it is cultivating plants, seeing weather changes or playing with animals, naturalists tend to link information about the outdoors. Study tips for people who possess naturalistic intelligence:
Once you know your intelligence type, you can optimise your study methods, but you should first and foremost know yourself. Read these additional tips to help you study smarter and not harder.
Article issued by Milpark Business School
Milpark Business School is a private, registered provider of Higher Education (HE) and Further Education and Training (FET) qualifications. The qualifications offered focus on the niche areas of management and leadership, banking and financial planning, and insurance. Milpark has two campuses in Johannesburg and Cape Town and an office in Durban. Visit www.milpark.ac.za for information about the school, its courses and qualifications.