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Types of learners

These are some of the basic types of learners. It's okay if you fit multiple of the descriptions, many people learn in a variety of different ways. It's important to see what kind of learner you are so you can build some strategies for studying and working that really help you.

AURAL (AUDITORY-MUSICAL) 

how to identify

Prefer to use sound and music.

some study tips

  • Use sound, rhyme, and music in your learning

  • Use sound recordings to provide a background and help you get into visualizations

  • When creating mnemonics or acrostics, make the most of rhythm and rhyme, or set them to a jingle or part of a song

  • If you have some particular music or song that makes you want to 'take on the world' play it back and anchor your emotions state

  • Ask the professor questions during lessons

  • Ask your teacher if you can record the lesson and then after classes, listen to the recording and take notes with them if that helps

  • Watch videos on YouTube or Kahn Academy

  • Try tapping while you read your notes

  • Use mnemonic devices

  • Read your notes out loud to yourself

  • Participate in class discussions or have some friends get together and have a discussion

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LOGICAL (MATHEMATICAL)

how to identify

Prefer to learn using your body, hands, and sense of touch.

some study tips

  • Aim to understand the reasons behind your content and skills

  • Create and use lists by extracting key points from your material

  • Remember association works well when it is illogical and irrational

  • Highlight your ability to pick up systems and procedures easily

  • Systems thinking helps you understand the bigger picture 

  • You may find it challenging to change existing behaviors or habits

  • If you often focus from analysis paralysis, write 'Do It Now' in big letters on some signs or post-it notes 

  • Try breaking down large selections of material and divide them into smaller segments that fit together

  • Able to see a pattern and compare it to a personal experience in a way

  • Use graphs and charts in textbooks, and if there aren't any, then you can create your own

  •  Build models, timelines, charts

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PHYSICAL (KINESTHETIC)

how to identify

Prefer to use your body, hands, and sense of touch.

some study tips

  • Focus on the sensations you would expect in each scenario

  • For assertations and scripting describe the physical feelings of your actions 

  • Use physical objects as much as possible

  • Keep in mind as well that writing and drawing diagrams are physical activities

  • Use-role-playing, either with singularity or with someone else, to practice skills or behaviors

  • Find an ideal study place, perhaps with extra room for movement and engagement

  • Take plenty of notes

  • Try study activities that involve a physical object, like arranging timelines on notecards

  • Teach others

  • Find a way to be active while you study

  • Take regular breaks

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SOCIAL (INTERPERSONAL)

how to identify

Prefer to learn in groups or with other people.

some study tips

  • Aim to work with others as much as possible 

  • Role-playing is a technique that works well with others, whether it's one on one or with a group of people

  • Work on some associations and visualizations with other people

  • Try sharing your key assertations with others

  • Working in groups to practice behaviors or procedures help you understand how to deal with variations

  • Try teaching one another

  • Take advantage of any collaborative activities your instructor sets up

  • Show family and friends what you're learning

  • Set goals for your study sessions

  • Form some outlines, checklist, or graph

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how to identify

SOLITARY (INTRAPERSONAL)

Prefer to work alone and use self-study.

some study tips

  • Planning, making lists, and sticking to an agenda

  • You prefer learning alone using self-study

  • Align your goals and objectives with personal beliefs and values

  • Create a personal interest in your topics

  • When you associate and visualize, highlight what you would be feeling at that time

  • You drive yourself by the way you see yourself personally

  • Modeling is a powerful technique for you

  • Your thoughts have a significant influence on your performance and safety

  • Find a quiet study space that you can be alone in

  • Take time to write down your goals and set deadlines for completing them

  • Review the materials with flashcards or outlines and set a deadline for when you finish the session

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VERBAL (LINGUISTIC)

how to identify

Prefer using words in both speech and writing.

some study tips

  • Try the techniques that involve speaking and writing

  • Make the most of word-based techniques such as assertations and scripting

  • Record your scripts using a tape or digital audio recorder (such as a MP3 player), and uses it later for reviews

  • Take lots of notes, but in your own words

  • Rewrite these notes after class and organize them

  • You might want to try teaching your friends the material that you want to review

  • Read your notes aloud to yourself and try to explain it as if you were explaining it to a person who did not understand the material

  • Find lectures online on for example Kahn Academy

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VISUAL (SPATIAL)

how to identify

Prefer to use pictures, images, and spatial understanding.

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some study tips

  • Use images, pictures, color, and other visual media to help you learn

  • Use color, layout, and spatial organization in your associations, and use many 'visual words' in your assertations

  • Use mind maps

  • Replace words with pictures and use color to highlight major and minor links

  • Highlight different things in different colors, for example, important information, new terms, questions, connections, and other things you find useful in different colors

  • Organize your notes, try rewriting your notes or try to add a mindmap to your notes as you review them; try to connect the core ideas

  • If there aren't textbook figures and drawings then draw pictures and try creating your own figures

  • Watch documentaries or videos 

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