The 7 Learning Styles of People

If you were someone who hated school and you’ve always wondered why school never “worked” for you, could be your particular learning style was not catered for in your school, just as it is in the majority of schools today.

Had your preferred learning style been catered for, chances are you would have flourished and enjoyed school.

But alas, the traditional classroom is generally kitted out for linguistic and logical teaching methods, but most of us learn best when we:

  • Build or make things
  • Reflect on things
  • Are in a community setting to learn from others

If you’re an entrepreneur who teaches, your question has to be: how to incorporate different learning styles into your teaching so that it is as effective as possible?

Let’s first take a look at the 7 types of learning styles and how to identify them:

7 Types of Learning Styles

People tend to stick with their preferred learning style all the days of their lives, but the information is retained more effectively when we use a combination of all seven of the learning styles:

VISUAL VERBAL
People who prefer to learn visually learn best by reading and looking at pictures, charts, diagrams and so on. People who usually use the verbal learning style, normally have a passion for words. They will recite information, talk to themselves, enjoy writing or using rhymes.
AURAL PHYSICAL
Auditory learners take in information more effectively by hearing someone speak, or through music. They follow the spoken word best. Physical learners are “hands-on” and learn best by building, touching, moving and doing. Those who usually need to move and battle to sit still, are usually physical learners.
LOGICAL SOCIAL
Logical learners retain information best when they understand the whole picture. They ask a lot of questions, organizing into categories and classifications to make sense of the information. Those who enjoy being with others and learning in groups, are social learners. They prefer to do things with others than by themselves.
SOLITARY
Solitary learners are usually introverted and introspective. They prefer being on their own and thinking about things. They don’t generally have a need for bouncing ideas off others, but are content to think in their own company.

 

How to identify and accommodate each learning style in teaching:

 

Learning style

Identification

How to accommodate

Visual Preference for seeing or observing, they use phrases like, “let me see”, or “show me”. They need to either read instructions or watch someone do the task first. They work well from lists, directions and written instructions. Images and diagrams

Color coding or highlighting

Checklists

Flash cards

Pictures

Cartoons

Chalkboard

Planning

Verbal Preference for listening. They use phrases like, “tell me”, “let’s talk about it”. Best to listen to instructions from a pro. Good memory from hearing things. Conversation

Questions

Oral presentations

Reading

Aural Preference for sound and music. They use phrases like, “coming through loud and clear”, “that sounds right”. Best to listen to information or conversations and learn while listening to music. Read out loud

Talk

Conversation

Music

Recordings

Singing

Humming

Physical Preference for a physical experience. They use phrases like “let me try”, and “how do you feel?”  New tasks are best tried out. They don’t read instructions first. Touching

Feeling

Holding

Doing

Hands-on

Practical

Experiments

Logical Preference for organization (logic, reasoning, and systems). They use phrases like, “that makes sense”, “that’s logical”. New tasks should be explained for the learner to understand the whole picture. Patterns

Problem solving

Mindmaps

Lists

Categories

Charts

Workflows

Social Preference for learning in community. They use phrases like, “let’s work together”, “let’s pull some people together”. New tasks are best given in a group setting. Work with others

Conversations

Role-playing

Sharing

Games

Solitary Preference for learning alone. They use phrases like, “I’ll think about it”, “I’ll get back to you”. New tasks are best given in advance and where the learner can be independent. Work alone

Self study

Plans

Goals

Journaling

 



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