The different styles of learning

I’m sure you’ve come across the idea that we each have specific learning styles.

The most common of these are:

  • Aural (auditory-musical) – talking and listening.
  • Physical (kinesthetic) – practical, tactile, hands-on activities.
  • Verbal (linguistic) – using words, both in speech and writing.
  • Visual (spatial) – use of diagrams, pictures, symbols, videos or demonstrations.

However, there are other learning styles that you might not be familiar with:

  • Logical (mathematical) – using logic, reasoning and systems.
  • Social (interpersonal) – preferring to learn in groups or with other people.
  • Solitary (intrapersonal) – preferring to work alone and use self-study.

I’m sure you’ve noticed how friends and colleagues are drawn to some of these learning styles. I certainly have. Some of our Lifehack staff love to learn through role-playing and group discussions, while others would rather read a book or take an eLearning course.

There’s no right or wrong way of learning. Each style has its own merits, and the main deciding factor is what works best for you.

So which learning style(s) do you prefer?

If you’re not sure how to answer this question, then don’t worry, as I’m about to introduce you to a free learning styles inventory test. This will help you determine which learning styles will benefit you the most.

However, please be aware that when it comes to learning, you’ll most likely want to use a variety of learning styles. (The reason for this is explained in the second article listed below.)

You can find a link to the free learning styles inventory test here:

The Guide on Learning Styles and Style Discovery Test

And you can read much more detail on learning styles and how to use them to boost your success here:

How to Connect Different Learning Styles with Career for Great Success

What are your experiences of learning? Do you have any unique ways that help you learn quicker and easier?

Please share your thoughts, stories and feedback with me. I’m waiting to hear from you!

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