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.

Theories of multiple intelligences:

 

Hoard Gardner believed our abilities are classified into eight or nine independent intelligences that include a broad range of skills beyond traditional school smarts

LOGICAL - MATHEMATICAL

How to identify

Prefer to learn through reasoning and problem-solving

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

MUSICAL 

How to identify

Prefer to learn through patterns, songs, rhythms, instruments, and musical expression

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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Bodily - KINESTHETIC

How to identify

Prefer to learn through interaction with your environment and building concrete experiences

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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INTERPERSONAL

How to identify

Prefer to learn through interactions with others and work collaboratively

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

INTRAPERSONAL

How to identify

Prefer to learn though values, feelings, and attitudes

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

Linguistic

How to identify

Prefer to learn through written and spoken words (reading, listening, speaking, 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, such as Kahn Academy

VISUAL - SPATIAL

How to identify

Prefer to learn visually and organize ideas spatially 

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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