Learning Styles

Learning styles describe the common ways that people learn. Some of us have one single dominant style of learning, with far less use of the other styles. Others may find that they use different styles in different circumstances. Most people use two dominant styles to learn. But there is no right or wrong mix of styles. Nor are your styles fixed. You can develop ability in less dominant styles, as well as enhance and further develop styles that you already use well.

Traditional schools mainly use linguistic and logical teaching methods, and rely on a limited range of teaching and learning techniques. Many schools still rely on classroom and book- based teaching, which also includes repetition, and exams for reinforcement and review.

A result is that we often label those who use these learning styles and techniques as the brightest in the class, while those who use less favored learning styles often find themselves in lower classes, with various not-so-complimentary labels and sometimes lower quality teaching. This can create positive and negative spirals that reinforce the belief that one is "smart" or "dumb".

By recognizing and understanding your own learning styles, you can use techniques better suited to teach other individuals. This improves the speed and quality of learning.

Seven Basic Learning Styles