Learning Styles – How Do You Learn Best?

Learning Styles – How Do You Learn Best?

You have a unique learning style.  Do you know what yours is?  Understanding how you learn helps you retain information more effectively.



Are you a visual learner? Do you learn best through pictures, diagrams, graphs, and videos?  If you are a visual learner you may be talented at art, visual planning and organization, utilization of physical space, and general navigation. Because you are a visual learner you can absorb and utilize a great deal of information through resources like YouTube, maps, diagrams, and visual mind maps.


Do you prefer to listen to information?  Then you may be an aural learner.  You use auditory, musical, and rhythmic associations to retain information. Due to this, you may learn best from spoken word lectures, audiobooks, and podcasts.  As a result, you can use rhyming, rhythm, and jingles to remember concepts and principles.


Are you a reader?  Verbal/linguistic learners like words in either spoken, or written form, and can be avid readers and writers. Therefore, these learners will often write and rewrite notes in order to achieve permanence through repetition. Mnemonic devices are also very popular amongst linguistic learners, as you can easily recognize and cling to the linguistic patterns in these devices.


Do you have a hard time sitting still and want to physically touch objects?  Then you may be a physical/kinesthetic learner.  If you can touch, move, rearrange, or manipulate an object you will remember it better.  As a result, you may find that the educational system is not a good fit because you have a hard time sitting still. In fact, you may absorb ideas and knowledge when you are moving, touching, and manipulating your environment. As a physical learner, you may struggle to focus during the initial learning stages but find your way when exploring the physical applications of what you’re learning. You are a perfect example of “learning by doing.”


Do you love numbers and order?  Then you may be a logical learner.  Logical learners are mathematical, procedural, and rule-oriented, with a systematic approach to solving problems. Are you an expert planner, the organizer who likes to analyze facts?  Your skills are apparent in your study habits and expertly-crafted lecture notes. Numbers and statistics may be easy for you to interpret because you are logical you may enjoy a career as a statistician, scientist, data analyst, or mathematician.


Do you prefer to study with your peers?  Then you may be a social learner.  Social learners crave group learning experiences, constant feedback, and social context for their learning material. Often, social learners are highly-extroverted and seek synergistic, high-energy groups to learn the material and accomplish tasks. Usually competitive types, social learners enjoy tossing their ideas off of more knowledgeable individuals to get advice and insight on their learning material.


Are you easily distracted and need to study alone?  Then you may be a solitary learner.  Solitary learners are the classical, introverted, bookworm learners of the bunch.  You may attempt to remove the subjectivity and social stimulation of groups from the learning equation.  You may prefer to learn in silent, empty environments. Solitary learners are on the outside looking in, giving you exemplary observational skills and unparalleled objectivity.

Which learning style are you?

Ultimately, most people are a hybrid of two or more learning styles and use multiple methods for achieving learning permanence.  Choose the two or three types you think you may be and try study techniques from each of them.  Keep those approaches active. When you’re tired working from one style, try another. This way, your mind will stay active as you learn and help you master new material more quickly.


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