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A learning style is the way a person understands and retains knowledge. There are seven different learning styles which are all very unique. While some people have one dominant style of learning, others prefer to mix them depending on the situation they’re in.

Verbal (linguistic)

People who use the verbal style of learning feel very comfortable with both the spoken and written word. They enjoy wordplay, debating, and expanding their vocabulary. They’re good at communication, but are also great listeners.

How to implement this style of learning:

  • Reciting notes. Focus on techniques which involve the spoken and written word. Write down your notes, and then read them aloud to yourself. You can record your voice and play it back.
  • Participating in class discussions. Verbal learners work best if they have someone to bounce their ideas off. A verbal learner benefits greatly from class discussions, as well as role-playing exercises.  

Logical (mathematical)

People who use this learning style think logically and mathematically. They are great with numbers, recognizing patterns, and creating procedures. Logical learners have advanced reasoning and problem-solving skills, but can sometimes have poor communication skills.

How to implement this style of learning:

  • Create lists. If you use the logical learning style, you probably have a great desire to understand the information rationally. By extracting key points and creating lists, you will manage to have a better grasp on what you’re trying to learn.
  • Embrace illogical things. Don’t try to “fix” anything illogical that comes your way. Instead, try to learn it the way it is. Chances are your brain will recall the illogical thing much more quickly when needed.

Kinesthetic (physical)

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If you use your body to understand the world around you, then you will probably benefit from the kinesthetic learning style the most. People who use this learning style are usually very active people who like getting their hands dirty in order to learn something. However, people who learn using this style often find it hard to focus.

Here’s how to implement kinesthetic learning:

  • Use hands-on work when you study. Try to imagine the physical feeling of what you’re trying to memorize. It helps to use objects you can physically touch as well. Use flashcards whenever you can and draw diagrams.
  • Memorize real-life examples. If you’re able to conceptualize information this way, you won’t have any trouble remembering it later on.

Visual (spatial)

If you remember information through colors, maps and images, this style would be ideal for you. People who have good spatial sense benefit the most from the visual learning style. These people love drawing and playing with colors. However, they sometimes have poor attention to detail.

You can implement visual learning in the following ways:

  • Create mind maps. When implementing the visual style of learning, it’s best to use pictures and colors instead of text. Create a layout which is best suited for you and draw as many diagrams as you can.
  • Take colorful notes. If you have to learn from notes, use as many different colors as you can. Divide up your notes into categories and then color-code them.

Musical (aural)

If you’re a musical person, this style would be the best approach to learning. People who pay attention to music and rhythm more than others typically use this style of learning. However, musical learners aren’t good at remembering names and faces.

How to implement this style of learning:

  • Create your own jingle for the material. If you want to memorize something, try coming up with a jingle, song, or rhyme. This will help you visualize the material in an aural setting.
  • Select good background music. When studying, discover which music genre works best with which subject. Some people like to learn with classical music playing in the background, but it generally varies from person to person.

Interpersonal (social)

If you’re a sociable person, this learning style would be a good choice. People who are extroverted and work best in teams are usually interpersonal learners. These people often find it hard to work individually.

Here’s how to implement this style of learning:

  • Form a study group. Find as many people as you can who also use this style of learning and form a study group. This way, everyone can benefit. When working on a project, divide up the work based on everyone’s abilities and interests.
  • Engage in role-play situations. This is perfect for interpersonal learners as they will be enticed by the teamwork.

Intrapersonal (solitary)

The intrapersonal style works best for people who prefer working alone. People who use this learning style are often introverted, highly motivated, and need a quiet environment to study in. They find it difficult to study in groups.

How to implement this style of learning:

  • Study alone. Since solitude is very important for intrapersonal learning, steer clear of study groups. If you need to join one for class, ask the teacher if it would be possible for you to work on your part alone.
  • Keep a journal. Write down all your observations, how you came to your conclusions, and how you feel about it. Feelings are important for intrapersonal learners, as they’re most often introverts. After some time, you will know what you feel comfortable with.

The 7 learning styles are illustrated in this infographic from Online Bachelor Degrees.