Did you know that each of us has our own distinct way of learning? The way you build knowledge and develop new skills is unique, and identifying which methods work best for you can have a big impact on your success at school and throughout your career.
In traditional classrooms, new information is delivered to students in just one or two ways (typically a textbook or lecture), and those who do not understand right away are often labeled “less bright” than others. We now know that this is not true. It is much more likely that these students simply learn in different ways and were never given the opportunity to understand and hone their unique learning skill-set.
While there are numerous categories of learning styles, most students use a combination of four main approaches. Knowing which ones you use most can help you get the most out of your classes and prepare better for assignments and tests. Whether you’re pursuing CSW training or taking business administration courses, knowing which type of learner you are can help unlock your full potential - both in class and at work.
Check out our latest infographic to discover which learning styles you use most!
What type of learner are you?
- 65% of all people are visual learners. You’re a visual learner if you:
- Understand and retain information better with charts, infographics, images, and videos
- Like to make lists to organize your tasks and priorities
- 3 tips
- Use mind maps to organize and remember important concepts
- Use colour coding to separate your notes and study guides by topic
- Use simple drawings to help remember definitions, concepts, and connections
- About 30% of students are auditory learners. You’re an auditory learner if you:
- Retain information best when it is explained verbally, rather than reading from a text
- Prefer to talk through difficult concepts to better understand and remember them
- 3 tips
- recite out loud the information you need to learn and remember
- study for tests with a friend so you can verbalize, and listen to, the course material
- list your study goals out loud each time you sit to study or work on a project
- Read/Write learners excel in traditional classroom environments. You’re a read/write learner if you:
- Absorb new information best through reading and taking notes
- Prefer to study in quiet areas and on your own to avoid distraction
- 3 tips
- Re-phrase important concepts into your own words to prepare for tests
- Turn diagrams and charts into text to better understand their meaning
- Take as many notes as possible during class to guide assignments and study prep
- Physical learners are natural doers who love to stay active. You’re a physical learner if you:
- Retain information best when it’s delivered through learning activities
- Prefer hands-on training to listening to lectures or reading from textbooks
- 3 tips
- Use flashcards to turn study prep into a game
- Use role-playing to “act out” and practice new skills
- Do something while you review course material: run, walk, squeeze a stress ball, etc.