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7 Styles of Learning
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Learning is an extremely important and personal experience for people of all ages. Years ago, there was an assumption that everyone learned new material the same way, but over time research has discovered there are actually a number of different learning styles and different ways that humans retain and process inform­ation.

The more you know about these different types of learning styles, the more prepared you will be to help yourself (or your children) learn a new skill, idea, language, or concept—no matter what the material may be

1. Visual (Spatial)

As the name suggests, visual learners are those that learn best when they have an image or cue to help them process the inform­ation. They may also need to map out or write out their thoughts in order to really process what they are thinking. Common charac­ter­istics of visual learners:
Have good spatial sense and sense of direction
Can easily visualize objects, plans, and outcomes
Like coloring, drawing, and doodling
Have good color balance
Are good at using maps and rarely get lost

2. Aural (Audit­ory­-Mu­sical)

Aural learning is a unique type of learning style, but it is used to classify those who respond primarily to sound. Unsurp­ris­ingly, most musicians are aural learners. This is a learning style that isn’t often addressed in many schools because it can be hard to teach outside of music class. These are also indivi­duals who respond best to things such as binaural beats. Aural learners:
Find that certain music invokes strong emotions
Enjoy listening to music in the background while learning
Have a good sense of pitch or rhythm
Often hear songs, jingles, and themes tend to pop in their head without prompts

3. Verbal (Lingu­istic)

Verbal learners learn best both under verbal instru­ction and writing. They typically excel with both. These learners are typically those that go into public speaking, writing, journa­lism, and debating. Verbal learners:
Express themselves in both written and spoken word
Enjoy reading and writing
Like tongue twisters and rhymes
Has a large vocabulary and enjoys learning new words

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4. Physical (Kines­thetic)

If you are someone who likes getting their hands dirty, then you are likely a physical learner. Physical learners are extremely animated and always need to be moving. They learn best by going through the motions of what they are learning. Physical learners:
Notice and appreciate the physical world around them, such as textures
Enjoys sports and exercise along with outdoor activities and working with their hands
Tend to use and pick up on body language
Enjoy making models or doing jigsaw puzzles

5. Logical (Mathe­mat­ical)

Most logical thinkers end up being engineers, mathem­ati­cians, or pursuing the sciences. This is because they have a very unique way of learning. They are the indivi­duals who want to understand the reason behind content or skills and tend to enjoy games like chess and doing braint­easers. Logical learners:
Classify and group inform­ation together to better understand it
Perform complex calcul­ations
Create procedures for future use, after coming up with a solution to a problem
Plan agendas and itiner­aries and even rank and number them

6. Social (Inter­per­sonal)

Natural group workers. For students, indivi­duals that seem to be involved in every extrac­urr­icular activity. For adults, they like to be engaged with others, work on teams, and ask their peers for feedback in order to learn. Social learners:
Prefer to socialize after work or class
Enjoy playing group sports
Bounce ideas off of others and to work through issues in a group
Listen well
Are often trusted by others for their advice

7. Solitary (Intra­per­sonal)

Solitary learners are indivi­duals who simply prefer to learn on their own and keep to themse­lves. In most situat­ions, this is a learning style for socially introv­erted people—but not always. There are some people who are extroverts in social situations but prefer to be alone when they are trying to learn. They also tend to be concerned with goals and outcomes. Solitary learners:
Spend time on self-a­nalysis
Prefer to relax or travel away from crowds
Think indepe­ndently
Journal, write, and record personal thoughts and events as a way to improve.

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