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What is your thinking style? (visual, auditory, or kinesthetic) Enhance your Communication and your learning

Updated on May 4, 2011
looks up more 
looks towards ears more 
looks down more 
says things like "I see..." 
says things like "I hear..." 
says things like, "I feel..." 
learns better with images 
learns better with verbal instruction 
learns better hands on 

visual auditory,kinesthetic

What is your thinking style?

The world is made up of different types of thinkers. We use methods like seeing hearing and feeling to help our thought processes. We use all of these methods, but we are dominate in one or another. If you are speaking in public, or teaching a class, chances are that you had to learn about these types of thinkers: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.

You can enhance your Communication and Your Learning by understanding your style.





When a person that is dominate in using images to think, they see images when they are learning. A visual also learns best when images are shown with topics they are trying to learn about. Sixty percent of the population uses visualization to dominate their thought process.




Some people are dominate in hearing (auditory). These are people grasp information best by listening to someone speak, or verbal instructions. It is estimated that about twenty percent of the population is auditory. Sometimes, a person will not look you in the eyes when you are speaking. While reasons for not looking at you in the eyes can be numerous, sometimes, it is because they are auditory. One clue that someone can be auditory is that they point their ears to you when you are talking. To test this, ask them some questions about what you said, and pay attention to the direction their ears point.




A few others are dominate in feeling (Kinesthetic). A feeler learns best when they have hands on. Many times, a person that is kinesthetic will fiddle with things, like their hair, they twirl their pencil, they are just touching everything. Just because a person is fidgeting when you are speaking, it doesn’t always mean they are ignoring you, or distracted. Pay attention to what the person you suspect is kinesthetic is doing. Do they fidget most when you are speaking about a topic they find interesting? If so, chances are they are taking in what you are telling them. Give a person that is kinesthetic a chance to have hands on.

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questions to ask to determine learning style

To determine someone’s learning style, ask a few questions. When you ask the questions, you can tell they it is not necessary to answer them, just think about the answer to your question. You should pay attention to the direction their eyes move, and take note. If they look mainly up, they are accessing information in the visual area of the brain, and they are visuals. If they look towards their ears, they are accessing the auditory part of their brain, and they are auditory. If they look down, they are accessing the feeling part of their brain, and they are kinesthetic.

Here is a list of sample questions you can ask:

What do you remember about your birthday?

What do you remember about your favorite holiday?

What do you remember about your last dream?

What do you remember about your last nightmare?

What do you remember about your pet?

What do you remember about your last family outing?

What was your favorite childhood memory?

What do you remember about school?

What did you have for dinner?

What did you have to eat last?

 Write down what direction the person looked in when you asked the questions. Did they look up most of the time? They are visual. Did they look towards their ears most of the time when you asked the questions? They are auditory. Did they look down most of the time when you asked the questions? They are feelers.


You get the point. Ask about ten questions or more that make a person access their memory.

Remember there are visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.  A person that is dominate in visual will look up to access the part of their brain to pull up pictures. A person that is auditory will look towards their ears to access the part of their brain to remember sounds. A person that is kinesthetic will look down to access the part of their brain that feels.

Learning Style

What is your learning style?

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A visual learns or listens best with images. An auditory learns or listens best with listening. A person that is kinesthetic learns or listens best when they have hands on, or they are feeling something. You get the picture. If you are giving a presentation, or teaching someone something, or even trying to learn something yourself, you should give visual aids to people that dominate in visualization, play music and speak in a clear voice with even paced speech for someone that is auditory, or give yourself or someone else something to fidget with (or some hands on) for someone that is kinesthetic.  If you are trying to learn something yourself, use these methods. You can use all of them; your brain will pick up best on what works for you.


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    • sarclair profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      I am glad that it is helping :)

    • Gracefulwriter profile image


      6 years ago from Northern Virginia

      Good info. I can use this to work w/ my kids on their homework, especially the one w/ the lower grades. Thanks.

    • sarclair profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Yhnk you tsmog.

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      Tim Mitchell 

      7 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Great hub. Great subject. Current thoughts on learning is very useful.

    • sarclair profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thank you. I think it is interesting to figure out a persons learning style.

      When you figure out a persons thinking style, you can communicate better with that person.

    • Ingenira profile image


      7 years ago

      Interesting read, and very useful. I will try asking questions to my family members and check whether I guess their learning preference correctly.


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