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What type of learner are you?

Updated on November 28, 2012

People learn in lots of different ways. As a learner, you should find out what type of learner you are so that you can learn in that way. As an educator, you should be aware of how your students learn. You will probably have a mix of learner types in a typical class.

The main learning types are:

  • Auditory
  • Visual
  • Kinesthetic

Auditory learners

People who are predominently auditory learners will learn best by hearing things. So a traditional classroom or lecture theatre where the educator is presenting information may suit them well. They will do well learning a new language when they hear it being spoken. As children, they will learn spelling by repeating them out load to themselves.

They may prefer to listen to an audio version of a novel they are studying, rather than reading it.

An aural learner may unconsciously refer to their style of learning in their language. For example, they may say things like, "I hear what you are saying." "Tell me again", etc

Visual learners

People who are predominently visual learners will learn best by seeing things. So a demonstartation of something may work well for them. They will need to see new words written down before learning how to spell them.

They may prefer to watch a movie version of a novel they are studying, rather than reading it or listening to an audio version. (Although reading may work well because the information is still going in through their eyes.)

These guys need a diagram or illustration, instead of lots of words or verbal descriptions. they like charts, maps, visuals, diagrams, etc

A visual learner may also unconsciously refer to their style of learning in their language. For example, they may say things like, "Show me." "I see what you are saying", etc

Kinesthetic learners

These learners need to get hands on training. They need to actually do something in order to learn it. Don't tell them how to create a table in WORD, don't show them, let them actually do it themselves (you'll probably have to talk them through it though).

These guys will probably not want to sit still in a classroom. They will want to move about and get involved.

Blended learners

Most people will actually use a mixture of learning style depending on the content type. But you will find that people can have a preferred learning style and will tend to wnt things presented in that way.

What type of learner do you think you are?

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