Did you know there are different learning styles?
I had no idea. Maybe that explains why school always came easily for me but my friend struggled to get above a C. If only we had known then, what we know now! It could have saved a lot of heartache. But on the bright side, my friend now realizes that she is a visual learner (with some aural thrown in for good measure), so now she can embrace her upcoming course in a whole new light… and appreciation!
It is commonly believed that most people favor some form of interacting with, taking in, and processing information. By recognizing and understanding your own learning styles, you can use techniques better suited to you. This can improve the speed and quality of your learning and can improve study skills… hallelujah!
Most people are a mix of learning styles and there is no ‘right’ mix. Find out which ones apply to you:
Visual (spatial) – You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
You prefer to think in pictures or movies. This style is most effective when you want to create and recall images when you read, or when you are taking a written test. “One picture is worth a thousand words,” is true for visual learners. You learn best by looking at graphics, watching a demonstration or reading. Visual learners tend to be neat and organized.
Aural (auditory-musical) – You prefer using sound and music.
You prefer to learn by listening and often recall the words you’ve heard in your mind. If you are taking a written test, this tends to slow you down because you are speaking to yourself as you read. You use sound rhyme and music in your learning.
Verbal (linguistic) – You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.
You combine techniques of recording your scripts (like digital and written) and will use those for later reviews. When you read content aloud, make it dramatic and varied!
Physical (kinesthetic) – You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.
You prefer to be a hands-on learner and most likely love to move around frequently, like athletics, and to build things with your hands. Sitting still while studying may be difficult, but writing things down makes it easier to understand.
Logical (mathematical) – You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.
You can recognize patterns easily as well as connections between seemingly meaningless content. This allows you to classify and group information to help you learn or understand it. You work well with numbers and you can perform complex calculations.
Social (interpersonal) – You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.
You communicate well with people, both verbally and non-verbally. People listen to you and come to you for advice. You are sensitive to their feelings; you listen well and appreciate the viewpoints of others. You may enjoy mentoring or counselling others.
Solitary (interpersonal) – You prefer to work alone and use self-study.
You are more private, introspective and independent. You concentrate well and focus your thoughts on the topic of discussion. You spend time self-analyzing and assessing your actions and communications. You like to spend time alone, have a personal hobby and like travelling away from the beaten path.
Once you know and understand your own learning preference, try expanding the way you learn. That enables you to learn in other ways as well… and opens up a whole new world of possibilities!
Now, if only they could help me learn how to make lasagna…
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