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What is Sequential Reasoning (and Why does it Matter)?

Sequential reasoning refers to a person’s ability to mentally process and organize information.

A person with high sequential reasoning skills is able to automatically shuffle and organize large amounts of information. Because these people can logically add, sort, store and retrieve information easily, they often don’t feel the need to write down ideas or have their physical surroundings organized in a highly structured way. Below we’ve listed out a few tips for success for people with high sequential reasoning skills.

  • Make sure you have visible plans, schedules, and explanations for the others on your team. They’re not mind-readers.
  • Take time to share your thought process with others on your team. That will build their confidence in the logic of your plan.
  • You’ll enjoy creating order out of chaos. Jump in and save the day.
  • Your gift at organizing thoughts should help you in writing clear, logical communications. Look for chances to contribute this way.

If sequential reasoning isn’t one of your highest natural aptitudes, you may feel the need for established processes in school and work and enjoy planning events for school functions or working on a particular piece of a larger project. You’re more about planning and less about execution. We’ve also listed a few tips for success for those who may not be as strong in sequential reasoning.

  • Take your time to collect your thoughts when working on large projects. When writing an essay, it may help you to jot down your ideas on paper before you begin writing.
  • Ask questions. If you’re confused about specifics of a project or assignment, don’t be afraid to speak up and ask for more explanation.
  • Volunteer to coordinate the details of a specific part of a project when working in a group. This will allow you the opportunity to focus your attention on one essential aspect of a group project.

An awareness of your natural aptitudes provides you with insight needed to perform your best in school or work. Sequential reasoning is one of 14 aptitudes the YouScience College Success Profile takes into account in determining a student’s career and college fit.