Many people recognize that each person prefers different learning styles and techniques. Learning styles group common ways that people learn. Everyone has a mix of learning styles. Some people may find that they have a dominant style of learning, with far less use of the other styles. Others may find that they use different styles in different circumstances. There is no right mix. Nor are your styles fixed. You can develop ability in less dominant styles, as well as further develop styles that you already use well.
There are 7 established learning styles.
- Visual: These people prefer to use pictures, images, diagrams, colors, and mind maps.
- Physical: These are the “learn by doing” people that use their body to assist in their learning. Drawing diagrams, using physical objects, or role playing are all strategies of the Physical learner.
- Aural: People who prefer using sound (obviously), rhythms, music, recordings, clever rhymes, and so on.
- Verbal: The verbal learner is someone who prefers using words, both in speech and in writing to assist in their learning. They make the most of word based techniques, scripting, and reading content aloud.
- Logical: The people who prefer using logic, reasoning, and “systems” to explain or understand concepts. They aim to understand the reasons behind the learning, and have a good ability to understand the bigger picture.
- Social: These people are the ones who enjoy learning in groups or with other people, and aim to work with others as much as possible.
- Solitary: The solitary learner prefers to learn alone and through self-study.
Curious what your learning style is? Take this quiz to see if you are a visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learner…