Published on October 15, 2018
Quiz | Which Learning Style is Best For You?
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The more you know about the best learning style theory suited to you, the better prepared you’ll be when it comes to learning a new skill or concept – no matter the subject.
So, what’s your learning style? Find out below!
Visual Learning is a style where a learner uses visual elements such as graphs, charts, maps, and diagrams to understand particular information.
You learn the best when you can actually ‘see’ what you are studying.
Study Tips for Visual Learners:
- When you are trying to remember a particular chunk of information, try closing your eyes to visualise it
- Draw little diagrams and other illustrations where possible and relevant when taking notes
- Use highlighters to colour code your work, to help you distinguish between the different kinds of information you are learning about
- Watch videos about the things you are learning about
- When you’re taking notes, try to replace words with icons or symbols wherever you can
What is Aural Learning? If you are an Aural Learner, information resonates best with you when you hear it.
This typically happens when the information is presented in a spoken language format, i.e. when in a lecture or while having a conversation. Music tends to play a massive role in your memory and general learning.
Study Tips for Aural Learners:
- Join in or form study groups wherever possible
- Record classroom sessions or lectures to then use to supplement your written notes and help solidify your knowledge
- Participate in classroom discussions as much as possible
- Ensure that there is no chance that your study space will be interrupted by auditory distractions
- Repeat facts, quotes, and other snippets of information out loud and over and over, while having your eyes closed
Verbal Learners are great with all things words – this includes both written and spoken.
They take in information best when it is read, as well as if it is discussed verbally or listened to. Verbal Learners tend to make great writers and public speakers.
Study Tips for Verbal Learners:
- Pair up with a buddy to run a mini-lesson – teach them what you’ve learned from your own notes, to help solidify your understanding
- Summarise your notes and read them out loud to yourself a number of times
- Create flashcards to place around your study space
- Reflect on notes and rewrite them in your own words
- Incorporate mnemonic learning styles such as rhymes, poems, and other verbal concepts to help you remember the material you are learning
Kinesthetic Learners use their sense of touch and the ability to move about to help them learn best.
Kinesthetic Learning is essentially using hands-on experience to learn – you need to be ‘doing’ to understand and remember concepts.
Study Tips Kinesthetic Learners:
- Take consistent study breaks and step outside for some fresh air
- Be physically active while you are studying – don’t limit yourself to a desk; try walking about with your notes as you read the material out loud
- When you are trying to learn something, see if you can close your eyes and ‘write’ the information in space as you picture it
- Create physical representations of the content you are studying wherever possible, i.e. a model or replica
- Try to always be doing something physical when you are studying, i.e. Squeezing a stress ball
Logical Learners generally do well when studying maths and logical reasoning.
They learn by seeing connections and seeking out relationships between concepts. Deductive reasoning to find solutions comes with ease to Logical Learning types.
Logical Learning Styles and Tips:
- When looking at your learning materials, try breaking down the content into segments, then finding ways in which these chunks relate to one another
- Always approach your content by understanding its processes, rather than using repetition to help to absorb this information
- Try to apply a step-by-step sequence to your learning wherever possible
- Use lists to categorise the information learned
- Create your own charts, graphs, and other visuals to help reinforce your learnings
Social Learners respond well when they have other people around to discuss their learnings with.
They communicate well with others, both verbally and non-verbally, and like to learn in class environments, social activities or in one-on-one discussions with a tutor or instructor.
Study Tips for Social Learners:
- Discuss what you are learning with family and friends, then have them quiz you
- Always involve yourself in study groups when possible
- Get yourself involved in relevant forum discussions – many schools and universities have exclusive forums
- Seek out a study buddy!
- Create a presentation with the main points of your learning and then present it to someone that you know
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