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Learning Styles


Every person has his or her own unique way of learning. Think about yourself. Do you learn best in a group or by yourself? Do you need quiet? Do you remember better if you see something or if you hear it?

How you answer these questions can help to determine your learning style. Although you may learn in a lot of ways, you probably have one style that is more dominant than the others.


Learning Styles

Visual learners remember best what they see. They learn best through images — pictures, diagrams, timelines, demonstrations and charts. They usually like mazes and puzzles, machines, inventions and map reading. Sometimes they are accused of daydreaming in class.

Auditory learners think in words. They remember best when they hear and listen. They might be good readers but prefer the spoken word more. They are often musical. They are generally good storytellers and solve problems by discussing them.

Kinesthetic learners (or active learners) prefer to learn through their bodies or their feelings. They are highly active and communicate with body language and lots of gestures. These learners often talk about how they feel about things. They learn best when there are hands-on activities.


Thinking Styles

Analytical thinkers are generally reserved. They tend to make decisions based on facts and research. They like to get to the bottom of things; curiosity is one of their strongest motives. Many mathematicians, philosophers and scientists belong to this type. Analytical thinkers quickly grasp patterns, principles and structures. They tend to like linear structures or things that progress in order or in a step-by-step fashion. They generally make decisions based on facts, not emotions. They tend to do one thing at a time. They like an ordered environment. They are said to be “left-brained.”

Global thinkers tend to make decisions based on emotion or intuition. They like doing more than one thing at a time. They like group activities. They tend to be spontaneous and learn best when information is presented with humor or emotion. They can work well while the radio or television is on. They are said to be “right-brained.”


Make Some Predictions

My learning style is visual auditory kinesthetic
My thinking style is global analytical  


Now that you know about these different learning styles, it is time to find out what kind of learner you are. Go to What’s Your Learning Style? at and take one of the tests. After you take the tests, fill in the chart below.

Test Your Learning Style Agree or Disagree?
Learning Styles Test 1    
Learning Styles Test 2    
Analytical/Global Test    


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