Learning and Intelligence

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Do you know your learning style?

by: Esther Juárez

I can’t remember the name of a person, but I know I saw that face before. Why is this place really comfortable to me? What did you just say? Those are common thoughts of a person. People perceive and learn things in very different ways and through different channels. Each person has his or her own way of understanding. No matter the type of learning style, learners need to know which of the three styles are involved while learning, and what resources are the most convenient to use with each style. Most people use a combination of these three different ways of learning. The human mind perceives the outside world using three different communication systems: visual, auditory or kinesthetic. Each needs to be identified in order to know how to coordinate them.

A visual learner is one who learns best by seeing. Visual learners visualize, then consider and understand the world as they see it, through images. Taking mental pictures and then making flashbacks of them is what this kind of learner likes to do the most. This sense is activated to capture the external world by using images that have been seen and quickly stored as memories. Visual learners are always seeing images in their minds. Visual learners use phrases like, “ I see what you mean,” or “I can figure it out.” A visual learner is really organized and likes to control almost everything to make sure everything is in the correct place. Visual learners always care about what to wear and what to do in front of others. They like drawing, note-taking, and reading. They are very creative because they are always relating things with imagination. Most people are visual learners.

Yet another style of learner is the auditory learner, who learns the best by hearing. Auditory learners have the ability to hear and remember sounds in their minds every time. Additionally, memorize almost everything that has been said and are capable of remembering something that they have heard just once. Words, conversations, songs, sounds and almost all material which is perceived by hearing is what auditory learners use to remember. Auditory learners like to tell and listen to stories, but they actually like the silence as well when they feel frustrated. Auditory learners can focus on one thing at a time, and they follow things in a really logical sense. Auditory learners possess an extended vocabulary, and they are very selective about the words they use; they express themselves clearly and do not gesticulate too much while talking; therefore, they have a melodic voice. Auditory learners are always saying things like, “That sounds great,” or “ I can hear you.” An auditory learner is always talking to him or herself while walking, doing a test or completing a task. Some people are auditory learners.

Finally, kinesthetic learners are those who learn the best by doing or performing. This sense is activated through emotions that have been recorded in the present or past. Those who are kinesthetic people perceive things through their bodies and they like to experience them thereafter. Kinesthetic learners are really intuitive. These learners need to feel completely relaxed and comfortable in order to learn something new, and they do almost everything to feel that way. To think with clarity, kinesthetic learners need to be in movement and activity. They do not care about the logical order of things. Kinesthetic people easily perceive the background of a place, and they are really open to any climate change. If kinesthetic learners are trying to describe, they concentrate only on actions and feelings. They use phrases like, “ I like that,” or “ I have the sensation of.” They are always trying to do something new in order to ward off their anxiety because they get bored easily. Kinesthetic people need to adapt themselves to a place and to surroundings to feel as if they fit in. A few people are kinesthetic learners.

In conclusion, human minds perceive and coordinate the outside world using very different types of learning styles such as, visual, auditory and kinesthetic styles. Learners need to identify the three different learning styles that are being coordinated in order to maximize their potential. Knowing the best method of learning will assist learners to process the information they perceive better and to learn more.

References: Learn More 

VAK Learning Styles Survey, http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/hrd/styles/vak.html.

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