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How to Learn Part 1: Identifying your Learning Style

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Education and Learning

How to Learn Part 1: Identifying your Learning Style

Many people don’t like school and find studying difficult. This may be because you don’t enjoy your lessons, or it could be that you don’t think you are very good at what you are studying.

People learn in different ways, and traditional teaching methods have often helped some people to learn while leaving those who learn differently to struggle with their work.

While some people think that school is a waste of time, doing well in exams is necessary to get qualifications and may help you in securing your dream job in the future! However, you cannot just rely on your teachers to get you where you want to be, you have to take some responsibility for your own learning. A part of this is understanding what your learning style is and how you can learn effectively for the way your brain works.

Learning styles have also been linked to certain types of jobs, so understanding your learning style can help you decide on a suitable career path. Find out from the list below, which learning style is most like you.

Visual Learners

Visual learners like using maps, graphs, images, pictures and colours. They are more likely to be good at map reading, have great spacial awareness and a good sense of direction. They also like drawing, scribbling and doodling.

Visual learners are particularly strong in art, architecture, photography, video or film, design, planning, strategy and mapping, making you the right candidate for a variety of careers from media and design to business and surveying.

Effective learning techniques for this type of learning style are:

  • Mind maps
  • Story boarding (drawing pictures to lay out a story or sequence of events)
  • Using different colour pens / highlighters
  • Flash cards
  • Highlighting important information
  • Using a memory palace or Roman room to remember lists

Aural learners

Aural learners like to learn through sound or music. They have an excellent sense of pitch and rhythm and are typically good at singing and/or can play a musical instrument. Music can often evoke different emotions.

You would be great in the music industry and your listening skills could be useful in things like counselling and therapy too.

Effective learning techniques for this type of learning style are:

  • Using sound, rhyme and music in your learning
  • Listening to lectures
  • Using sound recordings
  • Reading aloud
  • Creating mnemonics
  • Writing song lyrics to remember information

Verbal/ Linguistic Learners

Verbal learners are particularly adept at speaking and reading. You can express yourself easily, and you enjoy reading and writing. You can learn foreign languages more easily, and can pick up on new words and use them in your own language appropriately more easily than other people.

Your strengths are in politics, public speaking, debating, writing and journalism. Possible careers in politics, journalism, Public Relations, business and publishing are all within your grasp!

Learning techniques that can help you are:

  • Reading aloud
  • Discussing things in a group or with a friend
  • Writing scripts
  • Using mnemonics
  • Role play exercises
  • Using a memory palace or Roman room to remember lists

Kinaesthetic Learners

Kinaesthetic learners are very active and like to use their body while they learn. They enjoy sport and outdoor pursuits. Exercise helps to relax you and is a good chance for you to think and work through your problems. You like to get stuck in making things, rather than reading books.

Kinaesthetic learners are good in subjects such as PE, textiles and drama. You would be a good match for careers that require a lot of physical activity, such as construction and repair work, mechanics, engineering, sports and athletics, drama and dancing.

Learning techniques that can help you are:

  • Using touch, action, movement and hands-on work in your learning activities
  • Describing actions
  • Using physical objects to remember information
  • Writing and drawing diagrams
  • Making things
  • Storyboarding and mind maps can also help you learn
  • Role plays
  • Simulating, acting out what you are learning
  • Reading aloud

Logical Learners

Logical learners are often highly numerate. They are good at identifying patterns and connections within content and data.

Grouping or classifying information helps you to learn, and you are able to work out complex solutions to problems and mathematical equations. You like working to a budget, and work well with to-do lists and calendars. You like games and sports that involve strategy.

People with this learning style are typically found in sciences, maths, computer programming, accountancy, detective work, the law, the civil service and business.

Learning techniques that can help you:

  • Understanding why you are learning something
  • Creating lists by extracting key points and pieces of information
  • Mind maps
  • Avoid over-analysing what you are reading/learning

Now that you know your learning style, this can help you make decisions on a career path and also a plan for your studying and learning, which will be discussed in our next post.

About the Author

Emma Burbidge

Emma Burbidge

Emma Burbidge is the marketing assistant at TCHC. She helps to manage the website and promote the Youth Contract. She enjoys writing for the blog and sharing advice and tips with young people on a range of topics, from finding a job to battling with depression.

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