I have not often thought about my learning style and how I can better my university journey. It feels a little too late to discover it now in a school sense, but I am still very interested in discovering my learning style so that I can take it with me after university. If you’re like me and you’re curious, then continue reading. If you already know your learning style, keep reading. If you don’t fully care about your learning style, I’d say keep reading and maybe you’ll be more interested after.
There are four main types of learning styles: Visual Learners, Auditory Learners, Kinesthetic Learners, and Reading/Writing Learners. I will be giving a brief description of each of the learning styles and a little quiz you can take after to discover your own!
If you are a visual learner, it means you prefer to learn by seeing items. Whether this is visually looking at maps, graphs, diagrams, charts, or other types of visual representation, that is you. Visual learners do not mean that you respond best to photos or videos. Rather it can mean that you learn better by seeing patterns and shapes as a visual aid.
Auditory learners are people that take in information and learn best when they are able to hear the information rather than seeing it. They are people that are more likely to speak their ideas and work out loud versus others that may write their thoughts down. These learners learn best when the information is presented to them in ways that involve talking or listening. If this is you, lecture-style classes may be the best for you!
These kinesthetic learners learn best by doing. They enjoy a hands-on experience. Getting to physically work their way through a problem is best for them. Feeling connected to the experience helps them learn better than simply sitting in a room and listening to someone speak. Kinesthetic learners are people that want to experience the new work that they are learning.
Reading/Writing learners remember information better when they are able to write it down or read the information. Text is very powerful for this type of learner. They do best getting to read an instruction manual, taking notes as they read, and getting to write down their thoughts as they work. Written assignments are often a strong suit for these types of learners. If this is your style, keep a notebook with you so you are always able to write down new information!
For me, I am an auditory learner. I do well getting to listen to someone explain directions or a new problem. I like to talk out loud to my group about the assignments and discuss how we are going to accomplish the task. I won’t be attending university after this semester, but I will be able to take my learning style with me in my career. I am able to communicate with coworkers and inform them on how I learn and work best, hopefully, they will be able to do the same.
If you’re curious about your learning style, I suggest this quiz to take: http://www.educationplanner.org/students/self-assessments/learning-styles.shtml