Characteristics of Left Brain Dominant Students

Left brain dominant students. Characteristics: tidy and organized, goal setters, logical and rational thinkers, good at following directions. Tips: study in quiet spaces, take the lead in study groups, participate in scholastic competitions, write analytical essays.

ThoughtCo / Hilary Allison

While there are differences of opinion when it comes to brain hemisphere dominance, one thing seems clear: there are some students who are more comfortable with logic and reasoning than they are with creativity and intuition. These preferences are characteristic of people who are sometimes called left brain dominant.

Are you very organized? Do you believe that there is a right way and a wrong way to do things? Do you enjoy math homework more than English homework? If so, you may be left-brain dominant.

Characteristics of Left Brain Dominant Students

  • Work well with a daily task list
  • Like to be the critic in class
  • Feel naturally good at math or science
  • Are rational and logical
  • Perform research that is precise and well-documented
  • Like to set goals
  • Can interpret information well
  • Keep a tidy room
  • Answer questions spontaneously
  • Follow directions and read directions
  • Aren't touchy-feely
  • Can listen to a long lecture without losing interest
  • Don’t let feelings get in their way
  • Enjoy action movies
  • Read sitting up
  • Choose precise words

Left Brain Dominant Students in Class

  • Able to remember dates and processes in history class
  • Enjoy going through a long calculation in math class
  • Like the order of science
  • Have a good understanding of grammar and sentence structure in English class

Advice for Left Brain Dominant Students

  • Study in a quiet room to avoid distraction
  • You understand math but may get impatient trying to explain it to someone who struggles. If so, don’t volunteer to be a tutor unless you know you have the patience for it.
  • You like to take the lead in study groups, so go ahead and volunteer
  • Join a debate team or academic competition
  • Try to excel at the science fair; you can be a winner
  • Use your skills in math and science to your advantage
  • Choose non-fiction reading
  • You prefer factual questions and assignments, as opposed to open-ended questions
  • You can organize your notes well, so you should
  • Keep your room organized
  • Try to refrain from arguing with the teacher
  • When selecting assignments, choose to do analytical essays
  • Work alone when you have a choice; you get frustrated with others who “clown around”
  • Avoid “free-thinking” teachers if they confuse you
  • Take more risks; don’t be afraid to be creative

With all of your factual knowledge, you might be a finalist on Jeopardy someday.