As there are different types of people, there are different types of learning. It applies to all age categories. Each of us is different and some things may seem more difficult for you to learn and absorb than to others. If is because of different learning methods. Do you know your favourite method? If you have a child, do you know what method they love the most?
Which type are YOU?
The secret tips to successful learning: 8 Different Learning Types
Most people think that children and adults only have one way to learn something, this is an incorrect way of thinking. Each student is unique and therefore each student learns and picks up information differently. Our learning styles are as unique as personalities.
Learns can be divided into 8 different styles, and new research shows that these different learning styles are unique to each student. If you are a parent or a teacher then this information might help you to better understand your student’s or child’s learning method.
Our teachers know this methods, that's why our students learn faster and actually retain all the knowledge they learn.
By understanding your student’s or child’s learning style you can help them to better understand what they are learning and in turn they will feel more confident about themselves.
The Linguistic Learner
The linguistic learner is one who learns best through linguistic skills including reading, writing, listening, or speaking.
Sometimes, it’s a combination of these methods. So, for example, if a linguistic learner wanted to tackle a new skill, their best method of learning would be to read about it, then listen to an audio recording and take notes on it. Finally, concretizing it would require speaking about it and, possibly, writing about it extensively.
Not surprisingly, some of the best teachers and professors are linguistic learners. It’s in the nature of the profession.
The naturalist learns by working with, and experiencing, nature.
If this sounds a lot like a scientist, it’s because that’s how scientists learn. The naturalist loves experiences, loves observing the world around them, and captures the best information or knowledge through experimentation.
The Musical or Rhythmic Learner
The musical or rhythmic learner is one who learns using melody or rhythm.
This would be like a musician learning how to play by listening to a piece of music or a drummer who hears beats in his head and on the street from arbitrary sources before putting it together in the studio. But it can also be a person who learns best while humming, whistling, toe-tapping, tapping their pencil on the desk, wiggling, or listening to music in the background. For this person, music isn’t a distraction but instead actually helps the learning process.
The Kinesthetic Learner
The kinesthetic learner is a person that learns best by actually doing something.
These people are also scientific in nature and must interact with objects in order to learn about them (or learn about them in the best way possible).
According to FamilyEducation.com, some of the most common kinesthetic-based jobs are those in the arts, manufacturing or creative fields like physical therapy, dancing, acting, farming, carpentry, surgery, and jewellery-making.
None of these careers could be done without “hands-on experience.” Many of these jobs, with rare exception, are also trade professions that require an apprenticeship or shadowing.
The Visual or Spatial Learner
A visual or spatial learner is a person who learns best if there are visual aids around to guide the learning process.
For example, someone who can learn best from diagrams, pictures, graphs would be a visual or spatial learner. These people tend to be technically-oriented and enter engineering fields.
An example of this type of learner would be a person who becomes a computer engineer or programmer.But, the best students are those that are visual or spatial learners. Why? Because being proficient in programming and IT requires that you be a strong visual or spatial learner. Almost everything having to do with computers is conceptual and so it relies on graphical or visual representations of components that can’t actually be seen (e.g. bytes).
The Logical or Mathematical Learner
The logical or mathematical learner must classify or categorize things.
They also tend to understand relationships or patterns, numbers and equations, better than others. These are obviously engineers, scientists, mathematicians, and other technical professions.
The Inter-personal Learner
The interpersonal learner is someone who learns by relating to others.
Often, these people share stories, work best in teams, and compare their ideas to the ideas of others. In a sense, others help them think of new ideas of their own. They are often naturally good leaders as well as team players. You often see these people in various fields of psychology or social sciences.
The Intra-personal Learner
The intrapersonal, as opposed to interpersonal, learner is someone who works and learns best when they are alone. They set individual goals that are challenging, but not impossible. They are also motivated by internal forces, rather than external ones. They are often introverted individuals, but not always. These people often enter creative fields, become entrepreneurs, and sometimes small business owners. But, they are usually in fields or industries that allow them to work without direct supervision.
By Dr. Ardin Ramani