Ever wonder why some things are just so difficult to do that it literally makes your brain hurt? It has to do with the way you think. There are two major “thinking types,” creative and analytical. They are, as you would think, opposite of one another and with that being said they reside in opposite parts of the brain. People who are “creative” use the right side of their brain more than the left and those who are “analytical” use the left side of their brain more than the right side. Creative does not necessarily mean you have an amazing artistic ability (though that is common), it is more of a way of thinking, originality or being imaginative. Analytical is “using analysis, especially in thinking” (Dictionary). One is not better than the other, in fact they are both great in their separate ways.
Think about majors at school. You may have Bio and Chemistry, Finance, Marketing, Philosophy, Music, Art, Accounting and many more. The people who chose these majors are all very different; among those differences is the way each one thinks. Which of these majors do you think would be creative or analytical?
It is easy to assume that Finance, Biology, Chemistry Accounting, and possibly even Marketing would be Analytical and Philosophy, Music and Art would be considered Creative. But if you think about it, Biology, Chemistry, and Marketing all have ‘creative, unique, and original’ thinking involved, which allows them to fall in between Analytical and Creative. Music and Art would be assumed to be Creative and for the most part, they are, however analysis is required when reading and deciphering music. But the overlaps between the two groups are generally minimal. Most of the time you are one or the other, yet if you stretch your brain to work the “non-dominant” side, there can be side effects.
From a Fine Arts Major’s point of view, “studying for tests is the hardest thing for me to do.” It requires this student to sit down, take the time to analyze and work with the information necessary to regurgitate back on the test. The monotony and lack of freedom is what bothers and restricts her the most. When she is working on art projects, she has all the freedom she could ever need to perform.
On the other hand, an Accounting Major’s view on all the “freedom” is frightening. With Accounting, it is numbers, rules, information, analysis, etc. and that is what works and processes in this student’s brain. When thrown into a Fine Art’s Class such as Piano, or 2-D Design, this major struggles with the amount of ‘freedom’ and especially the use of the “right” side of their brain. They tend to look for guidance or make their own rules to help themselves cope with the difference, but they should embrace it and try to work with it.
Different thinking styles define different people, which also results in different studying habits. Creative, as mentioned above, do not enjoy studying because of the monotony, and Analytical, though they may not like studying either, is more comfortable with the idea of the monotony. TestSoup is very helpful in terms of studying because it allows you to study on the go, whether you are Creative or Analytical. You can have the app on your phone and when it gets to be too much (too tiring, too boring, etc), just switch it off, and come back to it another time. The on-the-go flashcards accept your thinking style, no matter what it may be.