Learning styles… Most of us are familiar with this idea – that we each have a particular way of learning that works best for us.
There three that are most well-known are Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic. Meaning you learn best by seeing, hearing, and touching/feeling, respectively.
Learning Style theory has evolved to include 7 different styles:
- Visual (spatial)
- Aural (auditory/musical)
- Verbal (linguistic)
- Physical (kinesthetic)
- Logical (mathematical)
- Social (interpersonal)
- Solitary (intrapersonal)
When I look at this list, without diving too deeply into the qualities and profiles of each type of learner, I know instinctively which styles I identify with. I would pick two as my strongest – verbal and logical.
In my past life I was a technical writer – a field I got into because I love to write. Words are my biggest passion and fascinate me endlessly on a daily basis. I love to read and examine language and there’s nothing more satisfying to me that choosing exactly the right word to describe something.
The other part of that job is technical – I wrote about technical things and had to write about them in a logical, progressive way. I love creating processes, or looking at existing ones and fine tuning them so they are more streamlined or consistent.
However, I also love learning tasks that are kinesthetic – hands on learning is often the most powerful and long-lasting. And I can identify with being a social learner too. It seems impossible to choose just one…
So while it was a bit surprising to me at first, the news that some people think learning styles are a myth, is beginning to make more and more sense to me.
But I’ll let this video explain that…