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What is your learning style and how do you like to learn? Whether you prefer in-person or virtual conferences and webinars, online sessions, podcasts, or any other form of education, we all learn differently. I asked members of the Intuit Tax Council for feedback on how they preferred to learn. Here are their responses.

Dawn W. Brolin, CPA, CFEPowerful Accounting: I definitely learn best through video or in-person learning. I am not a big “read and remember” person. When I studied for the CPA exam and used Becker Review, I could have just watched the videos at my house because they came on a disk. Instead, I chose to go to the Connecticut Society of CPAs office to watch the videos with the other candidates. I knew I had to be in a classroom setting, since trying to watch at home with young kids was not doable. I knew I had to have 100% focus in order to pass; just reading the book and highlighting various parts wasn’t enough for me.

Diana Crawford, CPACrawford, Merritt & Company: I am a research junkie, so I read articles and CPE courses on any subject that interests me. If I can hear it through, all the better. I love in-person learning to hear what is being taught and have the ability to ask questions. When in-person isn’t an option, podcasts and recorded webinars are my go-to for learning.

Al-Nesha Jones, CPA, MBAASE Group: I’m an experiential learner. I like to watch someone move through a workflow, then take notes and ask questions. I learn really well when I see a process firsthand with examples and jot down my thoughts, ideally in my own handwriting, although I do it electronically a lot more these days. Then, I want to try it myself using my notes and come back with any questions to fill in the gaps. This is my favorite way to learn; I can start visualizing ways to improve or streamline it.

John D. Jordan, CPA PA: I am a visual and auditory learner, so watching how a process is preformed or listening to a discussion about a topic is the best way for me to learn and remember content. I use webinars and in-person training for educational training, and as a firm, we use and record online video training for staff when teaching software and processes and cannot meet in person. The visual and auditory learner is a particularly challenging leaning style for accountants; so much of our content has traditionally been taught through the a “read and write” learning style, but there has been significant improvements in this area with improvements in technology.

Kristen S. Keats, CPASherwood Tax & Accounting: I am a doer, so I can listen and read, but to really comprehend something, I like to work hands-on, if possible, for whatever the task is that I am learning. If it is something that is just for knowledge, I think video is a great medium because it keeps my attention more than just reading text. I also like listening to podcasts while I’m walking or driving; I absorb knowledge that way, too.

Tatiana TsoirLinza Advisors: I learn in hybrid audio and visual, preferable at the same time. I do not do well with lots of text on screen. It needs to be more bullet-pointy because my brain doesn’t process lots of text in the background. It also has to be bite-sized info straight to the point. I don’t do well with generic filler stuff. In addition, I learn best over time with smaller pieces of content, but consistently. I want to have a transcript of the video to follow along, and want to hands-on experience if possible.

Scott Cytron
Scott Cytron

Written by Scott Cytron

Scott H. Cytron, ABC, is editor of several Intuit blogs, including the Firm of the Future, the QuickBooks blog, and the Tax Pro Center. He is president of Cytron and Company, known for helping companies and organizations improve their bottom line through strategic public relations, communications, marketing programs and top-notch client service. An accredited consultant, Scott works with companies, organizations and individuals in professional services (medical, legal, accounting, engineering), high-tech and B2B/B2C product/service sales. More from Scott Cytron

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