Hey everyone! Out of curiosity, have you ever realised that people around you study differently? Of course, there are people who have similar studying styles as you, but there are also those with totally different styles. Well, this is because everybody is different in the ways they learn. Today, let’s explore these different types of learners. At the same time, hopefully through this article, you’re able to find your own learning method. After which, your efficiency in studying should increase significantly. Without further ado, let’s jump into the first type of learner!
#1 Visual Learners | 视觉型学习者
Visual learners often use their eyes to “learn”. This means that they absorb knowledge through pictures, diagrams, videos and similar methods. Essentially, they absorb knowledge relatively fast and easily. At the same time, they have good memory, and more often than not, they have photographic memory, which allows them to remember everything they see. These learners often have the habit of reading and speaking fast. On their textbooks and basically any piece of information given to them, you would most likely see highlighted pages to help them sort out what they read. Additionally, they’re easily distracted by noise, and hence need a quiet place to study.
You may be wondering what study techniques are suitable for visual learners. Well, let me share a few! I will also be sharing other techniques for the other learners, so do keep reading on! Firstly, ask for a demonstration from the teacher whenever possible. For instance, if your physics teacher is teaching a certain physics principle, ask if you could see it in action. This way, it will be easier for you to understand the principle. Otherwise, you could always go online to search for videos demonstrating. To put it simply, getting a demonstration helps you understand the item you’re trying to learn easier. Other methods also include asking for handouts or creating your own notes and adding diagrams on them. However, do remember to always leave some white space so it doesn’t look too cluttered. In conclusion, visual learners are heavily reliant on visual aids, hence if there’s a chance to look at something in application, just take it!
#2 Reader-Writer Learners | 读写型学习者
Reader-writer learners are in many ways, similar to visual learners. In fact, there may even be some overlaps. Both learn visually, but the main difference is that one needs diagrams and pictures, while the other only needs words. As the name suggests, they express their ideas and thoughts through writing, which is why they often have the habit of diary writing. Other habits also include reading, using lists, writing verbatim notes, and easily studying just by reading textbooks or anything that includes words.
These learners learn easily through traditional methods, which include note taking, rereading, and researching. One thing to note though, it’s important to leave some time to write down points that you’ve learnt. Additionally, rewrite them in your own words, and not copy them from one piece of information to a blank piece of paper. If there’s a need, you can do more test papers during exam preparation, which is useful in becoming more used to answering techniques. In fact, if your school didn’t prepare test papers, you can use your textbook or online sources to create one for yourself. All in all to reiterate, the most important thing to take note of for these learners is to leave time for yourself to put your thoughts onto paper.
#3 Auditory Learners | 听觉型学习者
Auditory learners are used to using their ears to learn. Similar to visual learners, they need a quiet place to study as well, but have the tendency to listen to music whilst studying too. They also have habits like reading aloud, a love for listening, speaking a lot, and are amazing at explanations. Of course, they read as well, but through audio books or e-books. Actually, if you realise, the ones who can comfortably answer in classes are usually them as well. They don’t take notes in class either, but rather just sit down and listen to the teacher. You probably have an idea of what I’m talking about, as you start to think of certain classmates who are like that. They can just sit down, listen, and still do well for an exam! Unbelievable right?
As I mentioned earlier, these learners need a quiet place to study. If it’s possible, do find one that doesn’t have too many people. Whilst studying, auditory learners may read out what they see to help them remember. However, this also requires them to be able to paraphrase the information into their own words for processing. This process is pretty similar to what reader-writers do. Additionally, they could opt to listen to podcasts relating to the topic that they’re studying. With such a method, they could potentially learn faster just by listening!
#4 Kinesthetic Learners | 动态型学习者
“Let’s just get to it hands-on!”, is what these learners probably have in mind all the time. If there’s the chance to get hands-on and experience it personally, they will without a doubt go for it. They are energetic, have good body coordination and a good sense of touch, but are normally quite messy and dislike organisation. In a class, these are the ones who are good at sports and physical wellness. They are also the same ones who are not interested in lectures or self-study, and want to move around instead. However, when there are classes which contain stage performance, experiments, or outdoor lessons, they excel. In general, these learners are most comfortable with learning through hands-on experiences.
Kinesthetic learners probably have the hardest time studying amongst these few types of learners due to the amount of movement they need and want. Hence, they probably won’t sit down and make notes. However, it doesn’t mean that they are totally incapable of studying well. Some study techniques include: using hand gestures to improve memory or moving around while trying to read a piece of information. With these techniques, their efficiency in studying increases. If there’s a need, taking a walk before studying to relax isn’t a bad idea either! All in all, movement and hands-on experiences are the key to learning fast for these learners.
#5 Multimodal Learners | 综合型学习者
“I’ve read the entire piece, but have not figured out what type of a learner I am. What should I do?” Well, no worries! I will leave a link to a simple quiz below, which helps you figure out. Do remember though, that since it’s an automated system which gives you an answer according to an algorithm, it might not be accurate. To truly find out your own learning style, you have to try out various styles and methods. Alright, that’s about it for today, till next time! Remember to leave a comment on what type of learner you are down below! Bye!
Find out what type of learner you are here: http://www.educationplanner.org/students/self-assessments/learning-styles.shtml