The 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.

 A few examples of learning styles and how they learn:

 Visual Learners

  • Are good at spelling but forget names
  • Need quiet study time
  • Have to think awhile before understanding a speech or lecture
  • Like colors & fashion
  • Dream in color
  • Understand and like charts
  • Are good with sign language

Learning Techniques for Visual Learners

  • Draw a map of events in history or
    draw scientific process
  • Make outlines of everything
  • Ask the teacher to diagram
  • Take notes, make lists
  • Watch videos
  • Color code words, research notes
  • Outline reading
  • Use flashcards, highlighters, circle words, underline

Auditory Learners

  • Like to read to self out loud
  • Like oral reports
  • Are good at explaining
  • Remember names
  • Notice sound effects in movies
  • Enjoy music
  • Are good at grammar and foreign language
  • Read slowly
  • Follow spoken directions well
  • Can’t keep quiet for long periods
  • Enjoy acting, being on stage
  • Are good in study group

Learning Techniques for Auditory Learners

  • Using word association to remember facts and lines
  • Recording lectures
  • Watching videos
  • Repeating facts with eyes closed
  • Participating in group discussions
  • Using audiotapes for language practice
  • Taping notes after writing them

Tactile or Hands-on Learners

  • Are good at sports
  • Can’t sit still for long
  • Are not great at spelling
  • Do not have great handwriting
  • Like science labs
  • Study with loud music on
  • Like adventure books, movies
  • Like role playing
  • Take breaks when studying
  • Build models
  • Are involved in martial arts, dance
  • Are fidgety during lectures

Learning Techniques for Hands-on Learners

  • Studying in short blocks
  • Taking lab classes
  • Role playing
  • Taking field trips, visiting museums
  • Studying with others
  • Using memory games
  • Using flash cards to memorize

Author: Michael Leppert

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