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What’s Your Learning Style?

learning-stylesFinding a learning style that works well for you is important for learning and memory, because it can help you remember and understand information better. Unfortunately, our educational system does a poor job of helping us find our learning style, which is why many of us are having trouble with learning new information and remembering what we learned in school.

If you are experiencing memory problems or are having a hard time learning in school, your teacher or professor may be using a learning style that doesn’t work well for you. To prevent this problem from getting worse, you need to find which learning style works for you the best. Once you find yours, you should be able to find ways to use it to improve your memory and learning skills.

Most people have a few styles that they are comfortable using, but they often don’t use them in a productive way. As a result, they usually experience memory issues and learning problems. To help you find yours, let us explore the 7 perceptual learning styles.

1. Print

People who resonate with the print perceptual learning style are print oriented learners. They often learn best when they take notes, because they learn better when they see or write something on a medium. In addition, taking notes allows them to go back and study the notes, which can help them understand the information at a deeper level. Print oriented learners usually like to rely on reading to help them learn a subject, because they can easily grasps important concepts through seeing what they are reading.

2. Aural

Aural learners typically learn best when they hear what they are learning. For this reason, they can easily understand a subject by just listening to what someone is saying. Aural learners generally have great listening skills and they tend to talk more than the average crowd. They also enjoy plays and dialogues.

3. Haptic

Haptic learners generally have a great sense of touch. As a result, they like to use a hands-on approach to learning. One of the reasons why they learn better by using the sense of touch is because it helps them piece information together in a way that they can easily understand. People who prefer haptic learning techniques often enjoy doing art projects or tinkering with things.

4. Interactive 

People who like to use interactive learning techniques typically learn best through verbalization. Because of this, they like to talk to themselves or others and they don’t like to stay quiet for long periods of time. Being in small group discussions and getting involved in question/answer sessions are two methods that are effective for helping them learn.

5. Kinesthetic

Kinesthetic learners are people who like to use body movements to help them learn. Because of this, they learn better when they are moving around or are involved in physical response activities. Kinesthetic learners are often poor listeners and they aren’t very attentive to visual or auditory presentations. Instead, they like to doodle, tap their hands or move their body to help them concentrate.

6. Olfactory

People who like to use their sense of smell to help them learn are often refer to as olfactory learners. Some of them also like to combine their sense of smell and taste to help them remember things. Olfactory learners have great sense of smell and taste. They like to associate a particular smell to something that they are learning to help them remember it.

7. Visual

Learning and remembering information through visual is one of the most popular techniques for learning new things. Visual learners process information better when they see or observe what they are trying to learn. As a result, they are interested in information that contains pictures, graphs, videos and graphics. Visual learners often don’t talk as much as interactive learners and they have a vivid imagination. Many of them prefer visual arts and media. When information lacks visual arts and media, they can cause visual learners to lose concentration and interest.

When it comes to learning, we use all of these 7 perceptual learning styles to a certain degree to help us process information. However, most of us have one or two specific learning styles that work best for us. After exploring the 7 perceptual learning styles, do you know which one fits your personality the best? Once you know your favorite learning style, find ways to incorporate it into your life and it will help you remember and understand information better.

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References:

http://learningstyles.org/styles/interactive.html

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/savvy-parenting/201403/knowing-child-s-learning-style-improves-memory-skills

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