ADOPT A LEARNING STYLE AND ENHANCE YOUR LEARNING
Learning is something we do throughout our lifetime, it’s unavoidable. We learn things even when we are not paying attention. Like Leonardo da Vinci put it, “learning never exhausts the mind.” We are constantly processing information through what we see or what we hear and even through our interactions with other people. Learning opens up our minds to see things from a different perspective.
We learn through different patterns/styles, we learn visually by observing picture aids, power points, and graphic organizers. We also learn through hearing by reading out loud and verbal interactions. Reading and writing are other styles of learning. The other style of learning is through kinaesthetic, learning by doing. An individual has the ability to learn through all these styles but often has a style that is more effective for them. In this article we breakdown the different styles of learning and help you understand how they work. This helps identify which style works for you. So let’s get this ship sailing!
Visual learners tend to use colors and graphics to help visualize information. These learners learn well when information is presented as written instructions, charts, mind maps, and other visual materials. They usually keep track of their work using calendars, assigning each subject, and activity a different color. This helps visual learners to stay organized and manage their time. Visual learners enjoy reading books that have pictures in them, as this helps them understand the concept and meaning much better, rather than reading a book with only text.
When presenting work, visual learners like to use mind maps, diagrams, photography, visual art, and even videos or films. This allows them to express their thoughts and ideas in a much easier manner. These types of learners have a great imagination making them be able to connect visual representations to written expression. If visualizations come easily to you, use the examples above to make learning stand out for you.
Auditory learners normally use verbal explanations and storytelling to help with their learning. auditory learners learn best when information is presented to them verbally such as, studying in groups, instructions, debates, through music and drama, and using mnemonics. They can use adaptive technology programs for learning as they learn better by reading out loud. These programs include; Google, read and write, Microsoft Word, and WordQ+SpeakQ. When presenting work, auditory learners use their strengths in verbal communication to express thoughts and ideas. They do this through oral presentations, storytelling, music, and poems. Auditory learners present with great articulation skills, they use these skills to express themselves and make connections in their learning. If you enjoy music and have a good sense of pitch and rhythm, this could be your learning style.
Kinaesthetic learners tend to use movement and touch for learning. Kinaesthetic learners, also known as tactile learners, learn better when they use their hands for learning, they enjoy being active and have trouble sitting still for long periods of time. They learn by doing labs or experiments, building models, or creating art. They usually study by reciting information or quizzing themselves as they pace around. When doing projects, kinaesthetic learners use their creativity to present their work. this includes experiments, storytelling, models, or art. Kinaesthetic learners are very creative and are able to use their sense of movement and touch to help with their learning. This could be inside or outside of the classrooms. If you use hand gestures and other body language to communicate, you may fall into this category.
These types of learners as the heading suggests, prefer using words, in both speech and writing as a form of learning. They learn better when information is presented to them through books or notes. They usually study by reading several books on a specific topic and taking notes, this helps broaden their understanding. These learners demonstrate a strong learning preference for the written word. Reading/writing learners take down copious notes, as this helps them in processing information and recalling it easily. Do you find it easy to express yourself both in writing and verbally? Well if you do, that may suggest that this is a good learning style for you.
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As you may know, learning is a very wide-ranging topic. And even though the above learning styles may govern the topic of learning styles, other learning styles do exist. These include social learning, logical learning, solitary learning, and much more. A few of these are described below;
LOGICAL AND MATHEMATICAL LEARNING
Logic learners enjoy asking questions, they find satisfaction in understanding the whole picture. They learn by categorizing and classifying the information and also thinking about patterns and relationships. These are learners that have qualities that include, pattern recognition, a predisposition towards grouping and classification, and being good with numbers. If you can perform complex calculations and are able to classify and group information to help you learn this is the perfect style for you.
SOCIAL AND INTERPERSONAL LEARNING
These learners prefer learning in groups and collaborations. Their qualities include being good communicators, being sensitive, and empathetic and they are usually extraverted. Are you able to communicate well with others, both verbally and non-verbally? If yes, that may suggest that you are a social learner.
These learners are independent and introspective. They spend time on their own, like journaling, and are usually deep thinkers. They prefer to work alone and use self-study. Being a private person, focusing on your thoughts, and spending time pondering on your accomplishments or challenges may suggest that you are a solitary learner.
As stated earlier, an individual may possess many learning styles, some have a dominant learning style and may not use other learning styles often. Others may use different learning styles for different activities. It is important to understand which learning styles work best for you. This will help you learn things faster and more efficiently. On a side note, despite which group you prefer as a learning style it is always important to pay attention during lessons and to take down notes when needed. This helps you realize and understand what the teacher needs you to know and how to best present your work when given assignments or a test. Pick a learning style that best fits you and enhance your learning!
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