Option 2: If you are using the CPanel then you can check out the about page of the MySQL wizard or the MySQL database page. You can also do the same on the PHPMyAdmin home page. That should show you the MySQL version installed on your server account.
You can choose either one of the option to look for the mysql version.
This is one is easier. If you have a GUI tool, you can check it in the it under "Server Information". Just make sure that you have admin privileges and you are connected to the server. I hope this helps
The GUI tool is absolutely considered by many to be much easier to use, than attempting to accomplish the same tasks without the GUI tool. The reason for this is because of what a GUI tool is. A GUI being a Graphical User Interface does just that; it allows users to interact with one another by way of such things such as pictures and animations, as opposed to only text-based commands. An added factor is your kindly reminding us to always first check to verify that we do have administrative privileges; way to go.