Have you ever wondered why you have been finding it difficult to assimilate information given in class? When you open your textbook, does what is written there come across as Greek instead of English? If you answered yes to any of these questions or you’ve been struggling in school in one way or the other then this article is for you.
As human beings, we are not only unique in the way we look and act. We are also unique in the way we learn. Unfortunately, a lot of students have been groomed to think that there is only one way to learn. That way is the verbal method; lectures in class and reading of notes afterwards. This learning style is not bad in itself. The issue is that imposing it on people who have a different learning style can be counter-productive.
Being able to identify your learning method and working with it will improve your study experience to a very large extent. There are six major styles of learning:
Verbal – A person who is a verbal learner prefers to use words; scripting and reading what they need to learn aloud. They are the people that the conventional education system favours. They struggle less than others.
Visual – Visual learners prefer to use pictures, images, diagrams, colours and mind maps. Presenting information to them verbally is of no use to them. They have to be able to see it visually before they can process it. They usually prefer textbooks that are colourful and have a lot of pictures and diagrams.
Physical – These are the people who learn by using their body to assist in their learning. They prefer to draw diagrams, use physical objects or role play instead of listening to a 1-hour lecture.
Logical – For a logical learner, it’s all about logic as you can already guess. They prefer to use logical reasoning and systems to explain or understand concepts. For them to assimilate information they have to understand the reasons behind it and they also have a good ability to understand the bigger picture.
Social – Social learners thrive in groups. They love learning in a group setting or with other people. They don’t easily grasp information when they are reading on their own. They do so in groups instead. They are the people who prefer to have study partners during term time.
Solitary – The solitary learner is a standalone learner. They are the ones you will find reading alone in the corner of the library. They learn best when they go back to read what was taught in class alone.
It is rare to find someone who has only one learning style. Most people have a mixture of two or more styles. And there is a benefit to having a combination of learning styles. Blending different learning styles is an effective way to make your learning stick. So try and use a method that includes reading your textbooks, watching videos (Youtube comes in handy here), being part of a social forum or learning group and listening to audio.