Your learning style is the way that you absorb information most effectively. Some people also refer to this as “multiple intelligences.” You may have heard this information tossed around before; John learns better when he has pictures to follow because he has a visual learning style. Mary doesn’t understand something until after she’s been able to touch and experience it because she has a haptic learning style. For the most part, I find many people perform best when they have many angles from which to understand new material, but the fact still stands that most of us have one way that works better for ourselves than others. It’s important to familiarize yourself with your learning style, especially for online schooling, because it allows you to seek out and supplement your education with the information you, specifically, will need to improve your understanding.
There are many learning style surveys that can help you determine your learning style out there if you’re struggling, but sometimes, finding your learning style can be trial and error. After all, how do you know if you’re a visual learner if you’ve been saturated with verbal learning? You may have never thought to give pictures a chance. What you need to know is what your options are.
Different people split the learning styles in different ways. Personally, I like to split the concept into what I call scales and styles.
For scaled styles, most people fall in-between more so than extremes. I find these kinds of learning behaviors are also much more dependent on one’s mood. They may vary depending on the day or subject, but generally gravitate around a specific side more than another.
Interpersonal vs Intrapersonal
Interpersonal learners like to learn with others and in groups. They get a better understanding when they can bounce ideas off of others and communicate their experiences. Intrapersonal learners are the opposite; groups distract them and they learn best when they can be introspective about the subject.
Sensory vs Intuitive
Sensory learners like facts; intuitive learners like concepts, ideas, and theories. If you’re more sensory, you want concrete, specific data and information to help you understand, while the intuitive among you will want more suggested examples and fuzzy ideas
Details vs Big Picture
No fancy words for this one. Either you’re detail oriented and get caught up in the smallest nuances, or you prefer to ignore the tiny pieces of information and get a bigger, global idea of the whole picture.