Most of us can learn anything we put our minds to. However, we have a preferred way of learning. Get to know your learning style and study in the ways you learn best.
Everyone has a mix of learning styles. Some people may find that they have a dominant style of learning while others may find that they use different styles in different circumstances. There is no right mix. Nor are your styles fixed.
There are Seven Learning Styles
- Visual (spatial): You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
- Aural (auditory-musical): You prefer using sound and music.
- Verbal (linguistic): You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.
- Physical (kinesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.
- Logical (mathematical): You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.
- Social (interpersonal): You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.
- Solitary (intrapersonal): You prefer to work alone and use self-study.
Research shows us that each learning style uses different parts of the brain. By involving more of the brain during learning, we remember more of what we learn.
Strategies to use, depending on your preferred learning style:
- Use graphics to reinforce learning, films, slides, illustrations, and diagrams.
- Color coding to organize notes and possessions.
- Write out directions.
- Use flow charts and diagrams for note taking.
- Visualizing spelling of words of facts to be memorized.
- Use tapes for reading and for class and lecture notes.
- Learn by interviewing or by participating in discussions.
- Have test questions or directions read aloud or put on tape.
- Experimental learning (making models, doing lab work, and role playing).
- Take frequent breaks in study periods.
- Trace letters and words to learn spelling and remember facts.
- Use computer to reinforce learning through sense of touch.
- Memorize or drill while walking or exercising.
Express abilities through dance, drama, or gymnastic