APR 29, 2017 5:06 AM PDT

What's your learning type?


Ever wonder why you just can't seem to catch everything your professor says during lecture but the minute she adds a PowerPoint, it all makes more sense? This may be because you are a visual learner, which means that you like to see things in order to understand them. Visual learners tend to have difficulty with verbal instructions; they do much better with diagrams, graphs, pictures, movies, and written instructions. They also tend to talk faster - who knew!? If you're a visual learner, you probably really appreciate worksheets and handouts because they play to your strengths!

Auditory learners have a different strength: listening. Auditory learners tend to speak slower and are good listeners, surprise, surprise! They can have difficulty with understanding body language and facial expressions. If you're an auditory learner, you probably like group work, recordings and dialogue, and those PowerPoint-less lectures are easier for you to grab onto.

Kinesthetic learners are those who learn best while touching or manipulating subject matter, like solving real world problems in a hands-on way. Trial and error probably works best for you if you're a kinesthetic learner, and because of that you take your time making decisions. Role playing activities and demonstrations are the best strategies for your learning type.

If you're like me, it's possible that you exhibit characteristics from multiple learning styles and don't seem to fit into just one, which is fine - you just have more strategies to work with!
About the Author
  • Kathryn is a curious world-traveller interested in the intersection between nature, culture, history, and people. She has worked for environmental education non-profits and is a Spanish/English interpreter.
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