Did you know that your learning style affects each part of your life – family, home, school, work, and all relationships?
Each person prefers to learn in different ways, and your preferred style will be guiding you in everything you do.
The way you prefer to learn new information and interact with the world has a direct impact on your work, your school life, your friendships and family relationships.
For example, if you’re in school, the big secret that most people don’t know is that school tends to cater to just one learning style.
Always remember this: Everyone has an extraordinary capacity to learn in many different ways. Each style is a gift and once you know how you learn best you can use this to your advantage at work, in school or at home.
To understand what a learning style is,and how it affects your life, first you need to find out how you learn best.
How Do You Learn Best?
Do you like to soak up new information through pictures, sounds, or in some physical way through your feelings or touch?
How about when you recall what you have learned?
Do you see images in your mind, hear the words of what you learned or actually re-create the information in a physical way? Different learning styles do this in very unique ways.
A learning style is simply a preference for the method by which you learn, remember what you learned and how you apply that learning.
These three different learning styles are: Visual or picture, auditory or hearing, and kinesthetic or tactile.
Take the Learning Styles Quiz to Find Out How You Learn Best
To find out the different learning styles you prefer click to take the Personal Learning Styles Quiz
Then come back to this article to read about each type of learning style and how it affects your life.
What Are the The Three Primary Learning Styles?
The three different learning styles are:
Visual – the visual person thinks in pictures.
He or she has a time-line in their mind and can easily recall things they’ve read by looking up and seeing the material on an inner blackboard or a movie in their mind.
The visual person likes to write things down, keep an eye on how they look, and will say things like, “I get the picture or talk about their ‘perspective’.
They don’t like long meetings where someone is just talking and does not use any visual references or cues.
This is why they make great conversationalists and can tell stories with the best of them.
An auditory person can remember what you said to then today five years ago. And they recall it verbatim!
They love to move around a lot, touch and play with things, and when they put things together, they rarely read rarely read the directions.
Kinesthetic people do not have a time line in their mind.
Generally, a kinesthetic learner is a kind of “right now” sort of person who is not especially happy “seat sitting” in school or long meetings. They are at their best when moving, playing sports or building things!
Although some books report as many as 12 or 13 types of intelligences, there are actually only three main learning styles and the others fit into sub-categories of these.
One way learning styles can help you is when you are taking new courses. Find the types of courses that work best for your style.
The reason different learning styles affect your life so much is that they are somewhat like your personality, and reveal how you process and share information.
So, for example if your friend, also your roommate, is a high visual, picture learner, he or she will be neat and organized and do things according to a time-line in their mind.
Now if that high visual roommate happens to have a high kinesthetic roomie, guess what?
The kinesthetic roommate will not be neat and organized and tend to be much more impulsive.
While that can be attractive in the beginning, ultimately, unless you understand each other’s different learning styles, you will actually get on each other’s nerves and your relationship as roommates may not fare well.
The good news is, if you take the Learning Styles Quiz before you move in together, you will be able to determine your compatibility better and come to an understanding of each of your strengths and different learning styles.
So, it’s a great idea for everyone to take the Learning Styles Quiz to find out how different learning styles affect your life.
Once you take the quiz, share it on to all your friends, your co-workers and and family members.
Suddenly, different learning styles will create a whole new understanding of each other and can actually improve relationships.
Here is How To Identify the 3 Different Learning Styles by the Way a Person Speaks
In order to improve your life in school, home and work, one thing you’ll want to do is to carefully listen to the specific descriptor words a person uses when talking.
The words people with different learning styles choose simply reflect what is going on in their brain and how they process information.
Visual Learning Style – I see. I get the picture. What is your perspective?. Let’s focus on this.
This learner uses “camera type words” to demonstrate how they process information. images, much like a movie in their mind as they process new and previously learned information.
Auditory Learning Style – “ I hear ya, that rings a bell, that clicks”. This learner uses “sound words” to process information.
Kinesthetic – physical style – “ I feel, get a grip, I think I grasp the concept, I get it”.
This learner uses “physical words” to demonstrate how they are processing information in their brain.
Pay very close attention to the type of verbs, predicates you or your child, student or co-worker uses in any new learning situation.
It will give you a strong clue to how they process new information.
You will know which learning style they are choosing to use at that particular time by the descriptive words they use. For example: “ I see” means a person is using the visual learning style at that moment.
Here are the characteristics of the different learning styles.
Visual Learning Style
- Learns best by seeing
- Neat, orderly
- Speaks quickly, holds head up, shoulders erect
- Good long range planners
- Good spellers
- Memorizes by strong visual associations
- Functions best with overall view before proceeding
- Has trouble remembering verbal instructions unless written down
Auditory Learning Style
- Learns best through hearing
- Likes to listen to lectures, music and others talking
- Good story tellers
- Talks to self
- Likes talking more than writing
- Are easily distracted by noise – generally can’t listen to someone talk on phone and listen to another talk to them at same time
- Usually has problems with projects involving visualization
- Likes jokes better than comics
Kinesthetic – Physical Learning Style
- Learns best by doing and through movement
- Good athletes
- Speaks more slowly
- Responds to physical rewards
- Memorizes by moving around, walking, etc.
- Gestures a lot, clutter in work or living space –o.k.
- Can’t sit still for long periods of time
- Uses action words when speaking
- Touches others to get their attention
- Wants to act things out and like involved games
How Different Learning Styles Affect Relationships, Learning, Work and School
So, given the characteristics of the different learning styles, it is interesting to see how these different learning styles affect your life.
In relationships, you’ll want to be more understanding when you are interacting with a person who has a different learning style than you do.
If that person is a mentor or a teacher, be sure to tell them that you prefer to learn in another style and see how you can accommodate that.
In family or romantic relationships, the same thing applies. Work to understand the other person’s style and watch your relationship blossom.
Remember, all your friends, family and co-workers have different learning styles and the sooner you understand how they process information, the easier your relationships will be.
Final tip: If you are in school, make sure you know that school caters to the visual learning style.
They require neatness, a timeline for deadlines and you take written tests.
Visual learners already possess these traits so school is easier for them and they recall their information in the fastest possible way – a picture.
Remember, one picture is worth a thousand words. That is why recalling information on a test is faster and easier for the visual learner.
If you are not a visual learner, simply adopt some of those characteristics and strategies if you want school to be easier.
Learn to think in “movies” in your mind – recall information you are learning that way and those written tests will be easier.
Finally, in the work world each type of job requires a different learning style.
You won’t be happy sitting inside all day at a desk and simply working on the computer if you are a high kinesthetic person, so take some time and determine what learning style is best fitted to the job you want.
She is the founder of HowToLearn.com and presents on the topic of the effects of different learning styles. Take the FREE Learning Styles Quiz at HowtoLearn.com on the home page.