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What are the 4 Learning Styles? Why is it important to know yours?

Updated: Jul 28, 2022

Have you heard about the different learning styles? Perhaps someone labelled you as a visual learner, or a teacher labelled you as an oral learner. Wait, why is it actually important to determine your learning style?


Well, you have a lot to lose out on if you don't! For example, if you are a visual learner, you'll struggle to memorise your notes even if you read them 10 times. Adding colours, graphs, charts and drawings will significantly boost your learning speed.


In the 1990s, Neil Fleming, a New Zealander, devised a questionnaire to determine how people preferred to learn new knowledge. The VARK is a questionnaire that is still used today to determine people's learning styles.


According to Fleming's VARK questionnaire, there are four main learning styles:





1. Visual learners


Visual learners enjoy being exposed to fresh knowledge. They prefer graphs, charts, and movies to reading or hearing information—imagine visuals above noises, actions, or written words.







2. Auditory learners


Auditory learners like to hear new material, while aural learners prefer to read it. Audiobooks and music are popular with them.






3. Reading/Writing


Reading/Writing - Students who excel at reading and writing tend to do just that: read and write. When reading new information, they maintain a high level of concentration and may quickly digest information by taking notes.







4. Kinesthetic


They are usually on the edge of their chairs, trying to make sense of new information both spatially and physically. enjoy being exposed to fresh knowledge. They prefer graphs, charts, and movies to reading or hearing information—imagine visuals above noises, actions, or written words.






Conclusion


Now that you know the 4 learning styles, how do you determine which one is for you? The answer is simple actually, by trial and error. Give all these 4 learning styles a try and see what best fits yours!



































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