We all learn in different and unique ways. What you may not know is that we do not use the same learning style for everything. This means that you may find visual cues the best way to memorise maths formulas, but learn languages easier through audio recordings. Our learning styles are complex and there is no right mix. As our brains grow and mature with age, our learning styles change too. It’s important to find a learning style that suits you, and we’re here to help!
How can I fit in? Everyone is just as complicated and amazingly unique as you are. There is no one way to ‘fit in’, and you should never change yourself entirely to do so. If the people around you exclude you, they’re not worth being friends with.
The Seven Learning Styles:
Visual or spatial learners find that images help them learn the best. Their memories respond well to pictures and diagrams, and they find that drawing can cement an idea in their minds. If you’re a visual learner, you’ll likely have a good sense of direction and are acutely aware of the space around you. You can easily visualise objects and scenery in your mind and you love to colour and doodle. Visual learners should make posters to memorise information.
Aural learners, also known as auditory-musical learners, respond best to sound and music. This is a rare learning style, and found primarily in musicians. If you’re an aural learner, you may find that certain songs or music invoke a specific type of emotion or feeling. You enjoy listening to music in the background when you learn, and you have a great sense of rhythm. Aural learners may find that songs or jingles constantly pop into their mind throughout the day.
Verbal or linguistic learners love words. Whether written or spoken, they can easily express themselves in both. Verbal learners usually dominate activities such as debating, public speaking, journalism and writing. If you’re a verbal learner, you love to read and write, as well as tongue twisters and rhymes. You’re always excited to expand your vocabulary. Verbal learners find that they need to read information out loud to properly process it.
Physical or kinaesthetic learners need tactile exposure to learn. They’re generally very lively and energetic, and love to stay active. If you’re a physical learner, you notice the textures of the world around you. You love exercise and movement, especially sports. Psychical learners excel at building models or doing puzzles. You’ll learn the best through reciting information and speaking with your hands, or using study breaks to exercise and keep moving.
Logical or mathematical thinkers need to understanding the reason behind content to best learn it. If you’re a logical learner, you may end up pursuing a career in the sciences, like engineering or maths. You love brain teasers and chess, and need itineraries to plan study. Logical learners are generally very neat and organised, and love to understand the bigger picture behind what they’re learning.
Social or interpersonal learners are naturally drawn to group work and working with other people. Social learners are generally extroverts in nature, and thrive off peer feedback. If you’re a social learner, you prefer to socialise after class, love group sports and activities, bounce ideas off others, listen well and are generally trusted by others.
Solitary or intrapersonal learners prefer to learn by themselves and need quiet time to properly process information. They’re generally introverts in nature, but not always. You can be an extrovert in social situations but need to be alone when studying. Solitary learners spend time on self-analysis, think independently and record personal thoughts and events as a way to improve.
What kind of learner are you? Are you a mix of styles, or does one way of learning stand out to you? TutorTime caters for every learning style. Our tutors design sessions that best accommodate your type of learning to help you reach your potential.