Knowing Your Learning Style

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  • 0:01 People Learn in Different Ways
  • 0:47 The Four Major Learning Styles
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Instructor: Natalie Boyd

Natalie is a teacher and holds an MA in English Education and is in progress on her PhD in psychology.

People have myriad strengths, and different people like to learn in different ways. In this lesson, we'll explore learning styles, including the four major learning styles, multi-modal learning, and tips for how to study using the different styles.

People Learn in Different Ways

Felicity is confused. She and her friends Rosa, Ben, and Luis have all formed a study group to help them with their online classes. But they can't agree on how best to study. Ben thinks they should make flashcards, while Rosa thinks they should conduct an experiment. Felicity doesn't know what's best!

People learn in different ways. Some people find it easy to learn information when they hear it, while others do better with seeing colorful graphs and photos. Still others need a hands-on approach where they can feel it in their body.

Learning styles are the diverse channels through which people learn. Let's look closer at the four main learning styles, and how Felicity and her friends can use their learning styles to study for their classes.

The Four Major Learning Styles

Remember that the people in Felicity's study group all want to approach studying different ways. Felicity thinks this might be because they have different learning styles. For example, Ben likes to look at graphs and charts, whereas Rosa likes to get out and do things, and Luis prefers reading and re-reading the book or other written materials.

Felicity may be right; her friends may prefer to learn in different ways.

Visual learners prefer to see information. They like graphs and charts and images and videos. They will understand and remember information better if it's presented in colorful, highly visual ways. Take Ben, for example. He loves charts and graphs and wants to study using flashcards. He is likely a visual learner.

Audio learners, on the other hand, prefer to hear information. They relate to spoken word, music, and sounds better than other types of information. This sounds a lot like Felicity; she likes to hear information. Sometimes, when she's watching a video like this one, she'll even close her eyes for a short time to listen to the words better.

Reading and writing learners, also called linguistic learners, like information presented through words. They enjoy lists, handouts, and books. This is very much like Luis, who likes to read and re-read written materials to learn.

Finally, kinesthetic learners, also called physical learners, like to collect information through their five senses. They are very hands-on; they like taking things apart and putting them back together again, and they love to learn through movement. Rosa is very much like this. She's a dancer, and even when she's doing something like math or science, she likes to get out there and feel the information in her body.

In reality, pretty much everyone is a multi-modal learner, or someone who has a combination of learning styles. For example, though Felicity likes to hear information, she can also remember things presented in graphs and images, and she can learn from books and movement, as well. But, like most people, Felicity prefers one method over the others.

Methods Used in Various Learning Styles

Now that she knows that she and her friends have different learning styles, Felicity understands why everyone wants to study differently. Each learning style has techniques and tools that can be used when studying.

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