Uncover Your Unique Learning Style
Our style is unique. From how we decorate our homes to how we select outfits, our personality always reflects in our choices. Learning is no exception.
Our learning style determines how we absorb information and we all have a preferred style. However, unlike personal style there are benefits to taking a balanced approach rather than limiting ourselves when it comes to learning.So, how can you find the style that fits best while still maintaining a balanced learning approach? Follow these simple steps:
Learning styles: First, get familiar with the 3 primary learning styles and their unique features.
- Visual style: learns by seeing, viewing and watching. Visual learners prefer to think in diagrams and pictures to help them make sense of concepts.
- Auditory style: learns by listening, hearing and speaking. Auditory learners take in information through discussions, brainstorming, reading out loud and listening to audio.
- Kinesthetic style: learns by experiencing and doing. Kinesthetic learners take a hands-on approach. They prefer to experience activities rather than making sense of concepts through representations (i.e. words or pictures).
Examine yourself: Recognise your preferred method—the dominant way in which we retain information.Many know straight away what their dominant style is after reading the descriptions above. However, because we often use a combination of the three, those who struggle to pinpoint their preferred approach can use a learning styles questionnaire to assist.
Find the right balance
If you find that you heavily lean towards one way of learning here are ways to find some balance
- Too visual: This can put you at a disadvantage if there are essential facts provided in the text. One way to find a balance is to take notes. It appeals to your visual side while still allowing you to take in facts, figures and other text-based data.
- Too auditory: Visual representations help us understand concepts quickly. It also gives us something to refer back to if we need to revisit information. To stay balanced, you’re best to use learning options that combine visuals and sounds. Webcasts, infographic videos and online video-based courses are all excellent options.
- Too kinesthetic: Relying too much on an understanding based on ‘how’, means you might risk missing out on comprehending ‘why’. A good option might be to follow along on a manual or written guide while being shown a process.