Types of Learning Styles

Most of us don’t know that there are various types of learning styles and that every human being learns by these types of styles.

Learning Styles are also called learning strengths or learning modes; Learning Styles are primarily divided into three types.

  1. Visual
  2. Auditory
  3. Kinesthetic

You should note that we can further categorize learning styles using other methods, but here we’re sticking with the basics so that it will be easy for you to understand.

Now, the main question is, how to know what type of learner you are?

Here is a quiz on the types of learning styles you should take to know about your learning style.

Quiz on the Types of Learning Styles

1. You remember your new locker combination best when

a. you say it to yourself over and over again.

b. you stare at the paper it’s printed on and read it repeatedly.

c. you practice unlocking your locker over and over again.

2. If you were trapped in a waiting room for half an hour, you would probably

a. read a magazine.

b. pace the room, drum on your knee with your fingers, or be active.

c. listen to background Muzak piped into the waiting room and let your mind wander.

3. If you were trying to remember where you left your house key, you’d most likely

a. talk yourself through where you would have had it last.

b. visualize yourself using the key to open the door and then where you set it next.

c. walk through the house and retrace your steps.

4. To boost your confidence to ask that special someone to prom, you might

a. go exercise to burn off your jitters and build up the courage.

b. practice what you’d say aloud a few times to get comfortable with the words.

c. Write a list of all the reasons your special someone should say. Yes, and what points you might need to make to prevent a No.

5. At the end of the term, you tend to remember most easily the work that you

a. copied into your notes by listening to the lecture.

b. read from the textbook.

c. developed into a model.

6. If you wanted to learn how to make a perfect Dairy Queen soft-serve ice cream cone (it’s more complicated than it looks!), you would probably first want to

a. watch someone else make a soft-serve ice cream cone.

b. try to make a soft-serve ice cream cone.

c. listen to someone explain how to make a soft-serve ice cream cone.

7. If you saw a hit-and-run accident and tried to remember the license plate, your first instinct might be to

a. talk about yourself, possibly someone else, through each step of what you saw until your memory becomes clearer.

b. close your eyes and reenact what you saw in your mind.

c. close your eyes and reenact what you felt at the time.

8. If you heard a new song you liked and wanted to learn the lyrics, you’d most likely

a. read them as you listen to the song.

b. sing them with the song while it plays, even if you mangle the words badly.

c. listen to the song on repeat and try to memorize the lyrics as you hear them.

9. When your mom gives you instructions on how to take out the trash, you’re more likely to follow through with what she says if you

a. do it immediately.

b. look at the floor and focus on what she’s saying.

c. look at her face while she talks.

10. If you could design the perfect study environment, it would most likely be

a. a comfortable temperature that enables you to stretch and move around.

b. somewhere that has meaningless but steady background noise.

c. silent and well lit.

Honestly, the most challenging part of this test is adding up the totals correctly.

Don’t just sum the a’s, b’s, and c’s.

First, divide them like you see below and put the correct number of checks into each box.

Questions 1, 3, 5, 7:

a = Auditory b = Visual c = Kinesthetic

1

3

5

7

Questions 2, 6, 8:

a = Auditory b = Visual c = Kinesthetic

2

6

8

Questions 4, 9, 10:

a = Auditory b = Visual c = Kinesthetic

4

9

10

Totals: _________Auditory_________Visual_________Kinesthetic

Don’t sweat it if you don’t fit neatly into one category. Most people are a combination of two learning strengths.

Your top score will show a tendency in your learning style, and if your top two scores are close in number, it means you have two strengths to work with when learning something new. Lucky you.

Even if you are evenly spread across all three groups, your school counsellor will have a more in-depth test you can take to narrow things down.

Your score above will land you in one or two of the following categories, the descriptions of which should sound familiar.

However, even if you scored highest in Kinesthetic, it doesn’t mean that the entire Kinesthetic description will apply.

So, then, what’s the point?

The point is to locate where you have your greatest strengths so that when it comes time to learn something new, you can work with those strengths instead of against them.

It’s part of that study smarter, not harder idea. The easier it is for your brain to learn the material, the quicker you can finish studying, and the stronger your grades will be.

When we get to study tips in chapter four, I’ll make suggestions according to your learning strengths.

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