By Katherine Ryan

Find out what type of learner you are, here

10 Nov 2016

Speaking candidly, have you ever listened to something that literally goes in one ear and out the other? Chances are auditory learning is not your strongest point. Don’t worry yourself though.

Determining what type of learning style best works for you are could be the solution to retaining that piece of information.

We’ve put together a list of the most common types of learning styles that we’re hoping may help you grasp things quicker or perhaps change your learning focus entirely.

The kinesthetic learner:

These learners grasp concepts best when they are able to interact, do or practice with an object. It’s been said these people are generally more scientific in nature and suit careers like physiotherapist, surgeon, builder, athlete, landscaper and painter.

Study tips:

  1. Listen to music
  2. Move around and take short intermittent breaks
  3. Grasp the bigger picture before you delve into detail

The visual learner:

They learn best when they have visual aids guiding their learning process. These learners are more technically-orientated and are generally found in careers such as engineering, town planning, architecture, graphic or web design, film, journalism and computer programming.

Study tips:

  1. Find a quiet place to work
  2. Take notes or draw diagrams
  3. Look at pictures and interpret it

The auditory learner:

These learners need to hear and listen to instruction in order to understand. They are also conversational and enjoy a good debate. Does your colleague talk to themselves? You can guess they’re an auditory learner. You’ll find these people in careers like teaching, music, law and politics.

Study tips:

  1. Read information out loud
  2. Ask questions
  3. Discuss your findings with a buddy

The logical learner:

Arranging things into categories or spreadsheets are how these people learn best. They also tend to understand patterns, numbers and equations better than most. Like the visual learner you can often find these people in careers like accounting, science, marketing, economics, law, administration, risk management, forensics and teaching.

Study tips:

  1. Identify your purpose
  2. Plan your approach
  3. Write a goals list

The interpersonal learner:

These learners are collaborative and need to relate to others to understand. They share stories, feelings and compare their ideas to the ideas to others. More often than not they are naturally great leaders and work well as team players. You can find these people in careers such as psychology, sales, coaching, politics and human services.

Study tips:

  1. Group work
  2. Bounce your idea off others
  3. Use emotional cues

Whatever your learning style, the world needs you to make it go around. Find your strengths and build on it, and you’re guaranteed to feel great about it.

Now that you’ve got that sorted, why not invest in a professional workshop that’s sure to put your new-found knowledge to the test? We offer nationally recognised qualifications and professional development workshops in a variety of fields including government, procurement, security, technology, communication, finance and workplace safety.

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