What Type of Learner are You?

Identifying the best method for retaining and processing information is crucial to learning at your maximum potential.

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Identifying the best method for retaining and processing information is crucial to learning at your maximum potential. The more you know about these different learning styles, the more prepared you will be to learn a new concept, skill or idea – whatever it may be. So, how do you learn?

1. Visual Learners
Visual learners prefer seeing things over hearing them. Maps, graphs, diagrams and pictures are important when organizing information and understanding new concepts. Visual learners picture what it is that they’re learning in their head, and illustrations are often most beneficial to them. Some of the most common characteristics of a visual learner are a good sense of direction, an ability to remember what they read and write, and an aptitude for drawing and doodling. For example, a visual learner in a writing class might prefer seeing a video clip or movie explaining the literature, rather than having it read aloud.
2. Auditory Learners
Auditory learners respond primarily to sound. It is not surprising, then, that most musicians are auditory learners. For a person who derives
meaning from sound, it can be difficult to learn when most of the content taught at school is fed through a book or textbook. In fact, auditory learning is the hardest way to retain new material. Auditory learners often remember what they hear and say, enjoy classroom discussions, and have a good sense of pitch or rhythm. They also like using clever rhymes to remember things.
3. Kinesthetic Learners
Kinesthetic, or physical learners are often quite animated and always need to be physically doing something. Hands-on experience is the best strategy for kinesthetic learners, who enjoy lessons that involve active participation and tools to grasp concepts. They truly learn when they’ve literally “gotten a feel for it.” These physical learners often find beauty in the physical world around them, enjoy making and creating things, and have trouble sitting still for a long period of time. They can’t retain material until they’ve done it, and they need to draw out diagrams and role play to really understand things. When faced with a problem, kinesthetic learners would rather take a walk or run to mull things over, rather than sitting down and figuring it out.
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