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What are Learning Styles?

Updated on October 5, 2012

What Is Your Child's Learning Style?

Knowing your child's learning style will help you and his teacher to understand what classroom activities work best for him.
Knowing your child's learning style will help you and his teacher to understand what classroom activities work best for him.

Book Resource On Learning Styles

Learning Styles Defined

Cayla, Andrew, and Sam sat on the carpet constructing a skyscraper for the class project on buildings. They were to complete it by the end of the day, each was to have a part in the design. The structure was barely off the ground by mid-morning and the three of them were having trouble putting it together.

Cayla enjoyed reading the book about the skyscraper and this helped her to learn how to build one. She tried to explain her ideas to the other two children as they worked. Andrew remembered listening to the teacher's lesson on how to make a skyscraper and he tried to construct it from memory. Sam needed to see a model of a skyscraper before he could begin to build one and was trying to find a picture of one in a book. Clearly, the children's different learning styles were affecting the group project.

Everyone has a preferred learning style and it greatly influences how you learn. It also affects how you internally process information and respond to situations. Our brain uses different areas to process information we receive and this leads to how we learn best.

Discovering how your child learns, will help a parent to discuss effective learning methods in school with a teacher. When a child demonstrates boredom, poor attention span, failing grades, or a change in character such as anger, it may indicate the teacher's methods of instruction does not match the child's learning style. Discussing this with your child's teacher, may help a child to overcome the problems and increase their interest and learning ability. A good teacher will respond well to a parent's interest and concern and appreciate their help in understanding a child's learning style.

The Seven Learning Styles

The occipital lobes at the back of the brain manage the visual sense. Both the occiptal and parietal lobes manage spatial orientation.
The temporal lobes handle aurel content. The right temporal lobe is especially important for music.
The temporal and frontal lobes, the left hemisphere of these two lobes
The cerebellum and the motor cortex (at the back of the frontal lobe) handle much of our physical movement.
The parietal lobes, especially the left side, drive our logical thinking.
The frontal and temporal lobes handle much of our social activities. the limbic system also influences both the social and solitary styles. The limbic system has a lot to do with emotions, moods and agression.
The frontal and parietal lobes, the limbic system, are also active with this style.
Source: Overview Of Learning Styles,

Learning Styles Defined

Quotes On Learning & Intelligence

I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying. —Oscar Wilde

When you know better, you do better. —Maya Angelou

It's not that I'm so smart, but I stay with the questions much longer. —Albert Einstein

I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow. —Woodrow Wilson

Wisdom is knowledge applied. Head knowledge is useless on the battlefield. Knowledge stamped on the heart makes one wise. —Beth Moore

If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains it original dimensions. —Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

Continuous effort -- not strength or intelligence -- is the key to unlocking our potential. —Winston Churchill

The best learning I had came from teaching. —Corrie Ten Boom

The Solitary & Verbal Learner

Your child may enjoy learning through reading and enjoy drawing or writing about what she has read.
Your child may enjoy learning through reading and enjoy drawing or writing about what she has read.

How Learning Styles Affect School Work

How Learning Styles Affect The Information Process

Visual Learners:

They learn best through observation They use imagery to recall information and associate images with concepts, ideas, and data learned. They need visuals such as charts, graphics, movies, photos to help learn. Children who are visual learners can be encouraged to draw pictures along with their notes to reinforce instruction. Spatial order is important to them, being able to see the instruction in order such as left to right helps them to process information.

Aural Learners (Auditory-musical):

The Aural Learner prefers hearing instruction and tends to spell phonetically. They listen and remember facts when they are presented in printed form. Teachers sometimes find these students have trouble reading because they cannot visualize word meanings and concepts. An aural learner's retention may be helped by writing the information down in their own words. Some teachers have found that background noise, such as classical music in a low volume, helps them learn better.

Verbal Learners:

This type find words, both written and spoken, help them to learn best. Information presented in lists (i.e. spelling lists), headings, essays or reading material is valuable to them. You may find them in libraries or reading centers quite often. They enjoy challenges presented through word puzzles or games, excel in speech debates, and love writing projects such as poetry and essays.

Physical Learners:

These children enjoy learning by touch. Consequently, parents may find themselves constantly telling them "don't touch" as they browse through stores. Sports and other physical exercise interests this group. Giving them breaks to play outdoors helps them to focus on school work in segments. Playing with dirt and sand doesn't bother these kids, the dirtier the better! They love projects and teaching sessions that allow them to get involved through hands-on learning. Other activities they enjoy are role-playing, building with blocks, and puzzles.

Logical learners:

Logical learners are thinkers and analyze problems and life situations. They are good at math and make connections quickly when others cannot seem to find meaning in number or calculations requiring processing. They are systematic and love making lists. Brainteasers and games of strategy, such as chess, are stimulating or this group. Children who are logical learners should be encouraged to take a step back when they are engrossed in a project as it tends to frustrate them (over-analyzing is common). Let them know that sometimes you just have to go with the flow.

Social Learners:

Known as "social butterflies" in some circles, social learners are very gregarious and communicate well with others. They love group sessions and individual one-on-one time with people, especially with the teacher. Brainstorming (or mind mapping) is a method of learning that helps them to reflect upon issues and learn from sorting choices. They enjoy team sports as well as sit-down type competitive board games.

Solitary Learners:

This is a child who enjoys independent study so that he or she can concentrate. They tend to self-analyze how they think and feel about events and problems in life. Reflection is a key strength in moving forward on decisions as they tend to use it to improve upon current life situations. Setting goals and making plans are important to them. Personal interests, such as model building, painting, and reading are activities they enjoy. Although they enjoy personal private time to work on problems, they should be encouraged to work with other children so that they realize working with others will help to bring a quicker solution. This also helps them to accept other points of view in problem solving.

What is your learning style?

After reading though the different learning styles, which one best describes your preferred learning style?

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Zooming In On Learning Styles

Children demonstrate one preferred learning style over others, but may also use other learning styles in different situations. Knowing where your child is strong will help you to build her strengths by ensuring instruction is presented to her advantage in learning situations. If you see signs that your child is having difficulty learning at school, you may want to consult with her teacher on how information is being presented.

Also consider the environment in which your child is learning. At home, does having the TV on bother him? Or, does he enjoy having music played in the background while studying? Consult his teacher on the classroom environment and activity level. Working together, parents and teachers can provide a learning place that best suits not only your child, but all children. The goal is to help your child improve his focus on learning and to feel a sense of success in accomplishments.


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      Yvette Stupart PhD 4 years ago from Jamaica

      This is a great hub. Our learning styles really affect how we learn. I am a mainly visual learner; I always found pictures, tables and chart helpful throughout my schooling.

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      Raymond Philippe 4 years ago from The Netherlands

      Thanks for sharing this info. To my shame I must admit I knew there were several learning styles but I never made it past the top 3 (hearing,seeing,feeling) Great hub.

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      ologsinquito 4 years ago from USA

      This is a very interesting, yet clear and concise explanation of different learning styles. I don't think many people are aware there are seven learning styles. That's something I just learned.

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      Amanda Littlejohn 5 years ago

      Thank you for that really useful and educational read. I had never imagined that there were so many different learning styles - even though I have home-educated four children! Of course, looking back I can see how this makes perfect sense.

      This kind of knowledge should be more widespread, especially among home educators and learners.

      Thank you and bless you for sharing this. :)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      I'm doing couple of articles on learning styles, I had to come back to this hub. It is is a valuable resource.

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      Louisa Rogers 5 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

      Hello Dianna, my first hub of yours & I'm glad I came by. I was aware of learning styles but had not read such a clear succinct description, with great examples that illustrate your point. I'm a management trainer/ facilitator in business, and these learning styles are just as relevant among adults. Voted up and useful. Thanks!

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      acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

      Wow as a Primary School teacher myself I completely echo your sentiments. What a great hub you have here!!!

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Another great hub teaches and again I pass this gem over to my family. Keep them coming teaches and I will keep on saving.

      Great work and enjoy your weekend.


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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Thank you for bringing up this important research on different learning styles. I hope we are able to reach more children as we try to match teaching to their learning style, although it is important that they also learn to adapt to different teaching styles. I had a hard time choosing one style, since I am a verbal, visual, logical, and solitary learner. Voted up.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Jean fd, I am glad you found the hub useful. Thank you for sharing.

      Teachable, I am sure that your child's daughter will be happy to share how she learns best (and he may be impressed with your question!). Take care.

      Ruchira, It is wonderful that your child has that experience in school and that your child is so varied in learning styles. Enjoy your week.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Interesting hub, Dianna. In my childhood none of the styles were paid attention, the kids are taught by their personal style. I think my kid is a combination of visual, physical, verbal and logical.

      Schools and their teaching systems rock!!

      Sharing this awesome hub.

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      TeachableMoments 5 years ago from California

      Teaches, great hub. Voted up, useful and interesting. In a few weeks I will meet with my daughter's teacher for our first parent-teacher conference. Although I have my own theory regarding my daughter's learning style, I never thought about asking her teacher until I read your hub. It would be very interesting to hear his opinion on the matter. What a great question to ask all teachers! I know many parents will find your hub incredibly useful. Great job.

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      jean fd 5 years ago

      wonderful! this could also be very helpful to homeschooling parents! will send this to a friend!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thank you Rebecca, Alicia and Linda, learning styles should be used to reach each child with the best teaching method for them. Yes, we probably would have learned much more if given the varied approach back when...!

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      lindacee 5 years ago from Arizona

      Great Hub, teaches! I had no idea there were so many types of learning styles. It is wonderful that you can tailor a child's learning environment to their specific method of learning -- or at least take advantage of their strengths when considering assignments. I never did particularly well in math and wonder if I might have performed better if exposed to a different learning approach.

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I'm very glad that you wrote this hub, Dianna. Learning styles are so important for a child's education, even at the high school level. I find that this is very true in my classes. A teenager that doesn't do well in one type of assignment may do wonderfully when give an assignment that emphasizes another type of learning style. Voted useful and interesting.

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      Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada

      well written a very interesting take on learning styles. I didn't know there was so many out there. I found it interesting that there is such a thing as visual learning-- and yet I would say when I was growing up there wasn't such a varied way to of teaching.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Genna, you may have the ability to learn through various skills. The learning styles are not always accepted as valid in some circles. I like to use them to help meet the needs of students when I plan a curriculum. You sound like you may be a physical learner as well as logical thinker. Great combination! Good to see you here tonight.

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      Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      I was delighted when I saw the title of this hub. Many people are not aware that there are learning styles. I still don’t which one I fit into. I took odd type of a combined IQ and SQ test once (just for giggles) and it said that my strongest abilities were leadership and the ability to recognize and understand the relationship between variables. Apparently, I am a spatial thinker and dislike learning things through rote (the rote thing is definitely true – I have no patience for it.) I found this well written hub to be just fascinating!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      You must be from the physical group of learners... they are a majority. I too love to teach and learn by physical hands-on activities. Thanks for your add here, Frog Prince. Enjoy your day.

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      The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Your polls wasn't fair for me because I know adults learn by doing in most cases.

      Great Hub and informative.

      The Frog

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Ignugent, learning style is very important to teachers as they make their lessons plans. Good teachers will reach out to all learning types so that the lesson is absorbed. Great to see you today.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Vinaya, I am glad this was of interest to you. Thanks for your visit here today. Be well and safe.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Natasha, good to see you today. Thanks much for your comment and support.

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      ignugent17 5 years ago

      Well explained! This is really useful for parents and teachers too. Knowing the style will make teaching easier.

      Voted up and sharing! :-)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      I take interest in learning theories. Thanks for sharing this illustrative hub.

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Fantastic! I need to link this from some of my education hubs.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Carol, you are correct. There are three basic learning styles, these all fall under those categories: visual, auditory, and tactile/ physical. Thanks for the read and support. Enjoy your day!

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      I had no idea there were so many learning styles. I thought there were about three or four. I am going to bookmark this so I can reread it again. Great Hub. Voting way Up and sharing.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      You all make a great team with your balanced learning styles. Enjoyed your visit here, Mhatter. Enjoy your weekend.

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. Arlene , my wife, was a reader while the rest of us (3) were doers. knowing this made us an efficient team.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Janine, thanks for your added value. Coming from you, it is appreciated and encouraging. Take care, friend.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thanks Drbj! I am sure teachers know of these learning styles, but perhaps parents will be able to use this to help their child & teacher in learning. Take care and enjoy your weekend.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Hey, Faith. I also admire Beth Moore's wisdom and glad that I could use one of her quotes here. Thanks for your sharing and votes of support. You always inspire me with your visits. God bless you.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Michele, I appreciate your coming by here. I am glad your daughter has the support she needs for living a successful life. What a great learning environment for her. Enjoy your child and lots of hugs from me to her! Blessings.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Lyricwriter, you are making me believe that I am all that! LOL! Thanks for your kind support. I am so glad that the articles are helping you and that you enjoy them. You are a dear friend and I wish you the most excellent weekend. Walk well and be well.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Teaches, another great article that will be beneficial to many. Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and shared. You are a great teacher, had to be:) Your learning methods, writing, articles, ect, just great learning tools. I thank you because I have learned so much through reading your well explained articles. Truth told, you are great Teaches. Just amazing work. I can't brag enough. Hope you have a great weekend and thanks again:)

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Dianna, as a teacher, I do agree it helps to know how a child learns the best. You truly outlined the different learning style quite perfectly and have given parents and teachers a like some real good food for thought. I have of course voted and shared too.

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Very thorough and very competent discourse on the various learning styles, Dianna. This should be distributed to every single teacher in the country. Could make a world of difference in their teaching styles. Trust me.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Hi teaches,

      What an excellent and very insightful hub here dear one. I never really thought about the different learing styles, and I can sure understand why it is so very important as each child is unique. I also love all your learning quotes, especially Beth Moore, she is so very wise indeed, just as you are wise. I will remember this when planning activities for my grandchildren and pass this along to my son.

      Voted Up, awesome, interesting and useful In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Thank you for writing this hub, it is very interesting. My daughter has a Aspergers's Syndrome. She is in a school now for children with Autism or Aspergers. She is doing so much better now, because the teach children mostly on computers. There is usually one teacher per class and only 4 or 5 children in each class.

      Wonderful hub.

      Voted up.


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