On one end, you see nothing but every little tree in the forest. On the other, you just see a forest and you don’t care about the specific trees involved.
The important thing to remember about scales it isn’t just your preference and what helps you understand, but it also points out your weaknesses. If you gravitate toward intuitive learning, for example, you may realize you’re missing out on important facts, or tend to disregard them. Know this and understand this, then make up for it; you’ll find your grades improving quickly.
Styles are less in opposition with one another. Some people have more than one style that really grabs their attention and all at varying levels, while others may only stand out strongly with one specific style. It’s good to know your style so you know what kind of information to look for, be it more words, more pictures, an audio track, or seeking a hands on experience.
Visual Learning Style
Pictures and images allow visual learners to grasp information better. Charts, graphs, and diagrams were invented by and for these people, for the most part. If you’re a visual learner, you may find it helpful to attempt to draw out whatever you’re working with and build mental maps of information.
Haptic Learning Style (or Tactile)
Haptic learners want to touch stuff. They like getting their hands dirty, feeling out and personally experiencing the information they’re dealing with. Often, they are trial and error people who don’t really get the instructions for baking a cake until they have actually entered the process of attempting to bake a cake. Haptic learners do well in subjects that are built around these concepts, like craftsmanship or the aforementioned cooking.
Verbal Learning Style
If you’re a verbal learner, chances are you were one of those people wondering why everyone else thought school was so difficult. Most schools, public, traditional, or online, seem to focus on verbal learning. Words, words, words. Reading. Writing. Verbal learners want written instructions and understand language well.
Auditory Learning Style
Auditory learners get a lot out of sound and music. They’re the kind of people who hear something once, and then remember it forever. Verbal lectures and audio tutorials groove best with these types, and if you find yourself this type and in an online class, be at ease to know that audio lectures even in online schools are becoming more and more common.
So which style is mine?
The absolute best way to learn to your learning style is to try them all. Most quizzes will give you a fuzzy idea, but for every new subject you must learn, use all of them, and then take mental notes about which styles were most effective for you and when, and which ones were downright uncomfortable or difficult. Once you know, you can waste less time with what doesn’t work, and spend more time with what does while being conscious enough of your weaknesses to cover them.