Have you ever wondered why you are having trouble retaining information while others have no issues at all? Everyone learns in their own way. Someone with a visual learning style will not fully understand only verbal lessons. Identifying your learning style will help you better understand new information. It will also help you communicate the way(s) you learn to those teaching you. On the flip side, as a manager, having your team take learning style quizzes will help you find better ways to communicate with them and teach them new skills.
There are seven different learning styles:
- Visual/Spatial – these students learn best using images, photos and spatial understanding.
- Aural/Auditory/Musical – these students learn using music and other aural stimuli.
- Verbal/Linguistic – these students thrive from lessons taught using strictly words, whether these words be in speech or writing.
- Physical/Kinesthetic – body, hands and touch help these students learn.
- Logical/Mathematical – these students’ preferred style of learning is through logic, reasoning and systems.
- Social/Interpersonal – these students learn best in groups.
- Solitary/Intrapersonal – these students learn best alone.
One important note about learning styles – they are not one and done. Students can have multiple learning styles and even evolve into another style. What’s important is understanding which styles work best for you so that you can be a successful student moving forward.