How to Identify Your Learning Style

By: Ming Yang

The idea of learning style was brought up in the last century. It is simply an outline regarding in what ways you absorb knowledge the best. Many believe that individuals have a combination of preferences instead of sticking to one for all time. Although there is no right or wrong answer, it is encouraged to understand your type. By leveraging them to your advantage, you can design strategies that work for you and personalize your experience. This can enhance not only your academic performance, but also your personal, social and professional lives.

The first step of determining your preferences is to get to know those existing. The VARK model embodies the most common ones: visual, auditory, reading/writing and kinesthetic. While reading the next part of this article, reflect on yourself and see if your past experiences match with any of these.

Visual learners do best by seeing. They like to retain information graphically. This includes going through graphs, videos, pictures and diagrams. They often visualize concepts in their head, as well as observe the process being carried out. When studying, maps, mindmaps, diagraphs and patterns are ideal. Colour coding notes and recopying notes with symbols also boosts their efficiency.

Auditory students are designed to perceive by hearing. For example, when internalizing the information from a book, they prefer listening to an audiobook rather than reading the plain text. They also talk to themselves when organizing thoughts. Furthermore, they actively participate in discussions. Any form of sounds, such as lectures, debates, groupwork and verbal processing, works well for them.

Reading/Writing learners prefer words. It is important for them to see what others are talking about in literary forms. They are also writers who gather their thoughts by recording them down. It is not uncommon for them to dive into lengthy papers. Revising notes, creating flash cards and watching videos with captions on help with memorization.

Kinesthetic students absorb best by doing. They develop by actually going through the motions and combining what they gain by moving their bodies. They embraces labs and field trips. They benefit from hand-on activities and regular breaks. You often see them fixing stuffs in the households and pulling things apart to see how they work.

What are presented here are just four of the various. If you don’t see a match, research more on the Internet. Or, try the following strategies].

It is often difficult to develop an unbiased understanding of yourself. Sometimes, other’s opinions are equally important as yours. Talk to people who know you and see if you can get any clues from them. These include teachers, parents, guardians, friends and teammates. Before asking, prepare some questions like “Do you have any observations about the ways I learn?” to carry the conversation.

The Internet is full of resources. There are many credible self-assessment tests available online. See if the questions inspire you and consider what the results reveal.

In conclusion, I hope you get a better understanding of your learning style after reading this article. Take advantage of your approaches and design your habits accordingly. See if your productivity has improved!


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