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7 Types of Learning Styles

Being aware that there are different types of learning styles can be very helpful to be able to identify which one is yours and thus be able to work on techniques to improve the retention of information.

Learn about types of learning styles that you may not have known, and that you may have confused with habits you had when trying to memorize something.

Types of Learning Styles
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Different types of learning styles

The different types of learning styles we will talk about below often have nothing to do with the classroom, but with the way people assimilate everything that happens around them from what could be taken as their own point of view and ability.

Visual Learning

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This is a type of learning style where graphic organizers or visual methods are used to achieve the order of information. It is directly related to the capacity of planning and abstraction.

It is mostly used thanks to its speed, because the human brain has the ability to process images at a higher speed than words, so the information is imparted in this way when there is a lot and less time is available.

Among the different learning styles that exist, it could be said that this is the ideal one in case you want to convey complex concepts with a higher level of speed than in the use of words, and with the right image you can already convey the idea to people.

In addition, content that is organized visually has the great benefit of being able to completely eliminate the language barrier. This is because images are universal, and no specific language is needed to understand them.

Kinesthetic Learning

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Kinesthetic learning, which is also known as kinesthetic learning, refers to that type of learning style in which it is easier to store information while performing physical activities (such as walking), as is also the case with the manipulation of objects.

Generally we can identify it in those students who are constantly moving, always looking for an excuse to get up from their seat. Generally they will be people who will do poorly sitting all day, while in sports or manual activities they will be able to excel.

It is one of the learning styles in which what is learned, redundantly, has the possibility of being retained for a long time in the brain. In some occasions it has been proven that this type of students keep the information for life. The downside is that it may take longer to get hold of the information.

For those people who identify with learning in this way, it is always best to stimulate their motor skills while they are studying. Among the activities that many recommend are painting, sculpting or carpentry.

Auditory Learning

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Knowing the auditory learning is essential for the development of all individuals, and this is mainly focused on what is the understanding and assimilation of information through the use of the auditory system, so it is represented by both the ear and all its internal parts.

In general, the learning method used by this type of people is that of speaking and listening. It must be taken into account that since long before we are born we are able to listen to the world around us, and it is an ability that we perfect with the passage of time.

It is extremely important to be able to identify those students who take this style because in this way it will be possible to seek methods capable of enhancing and developing the ability to achieve a greater understanding of the information, and a much more fluid and clear communication.

However, listening consists of much more than simply hearing the voice that speaks. It involves being willing and open to receive and express criticisms and opinions that are contrary to our own, entering into what is known as argumentative debates. For such students, studying transforms them.

Social Learning

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Social learning is based on a theory that was developed by psychologist Albert Bandura where he proposed that learning is a cognitive process that takes place within a social context and that occurs through observation or direct instruction.

This learning style encompasses all the social aspects of our daily life, where it is stated that we are able to learn by watching, listening and also by doing. And it is a combination of auditory, visual, and kinesthetic styles with the intention of understanding new concepts.

Nowadays there are different social learning tools that go hand in hand with technology, including social networks and software that most of us use when it comes to communicate throughout our personal and professional lives.

Today we are looking to take advantage of social learning with e-learning content based on the fact that in traditional learning environments people do not really retain the information for a long time, so it is much easier to store the information in the minds of users.

Intrapersonal Learning

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Intrapersonal learning is directly linked to intrapersonal intelligence, which has to do with an individual’s awareness of his or her own capabilities and limitations. It is a type of intelligence that allows a person to perfectly understand not only who he or she is but also what he or she wants.

When we speak specifically of intrapersonal learning, we are referring to the understanding of information when it is connected to the person’s own emotional life. Being able to relate many things and make sense of them in a very personal way that someone else might not understand.

It may be the case that this is one of the different types of learning styles where the mood of the person has a lot to do when it comes to learning new things. As well as the experiences that this person has lived so that the information can be processed more quickly.

It is also expected that this type of person is capable not only of knowing their own methods of learning or relating information. But also those aspects in which they are good and can go directly to develop them to the maximum possible.

Verbal Learning

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Verbal learning is one of the most common types of learning, dealing with the transmission of information while speaking. Of course, it is directly linked to auditory learning, since it requires both a sender and a receiver of the information.

In many cases it is used as a tool to promote the relationship between a group of students, since it is necessary for them to be able to communicate with each other so that each one can contribute to what would be a general idea in the form of a discussion on a specific topic.

Of the different types of learning styles that exist in this case, the advantage is that it is one in which there is a very lasting retention of information, and that is that by stimulating your brain while you talk about the topic, it will store it without so much complication.

Apart from that, it is ideal for developing respect among the people who make up the discussion, as well as tolerance, flexibility and improve the way in which people open up to others, so you win in more than one field of personal and professional life.

Mathematical Logical Learning

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When we talk about logical-mathematical learning we are referring to the ability to use numbers in an effective way, reasoning in an adequate way while using logical-mathematical thinking. It is usually handled in abstract concepts or complex arguments.

It is of the different learning styles that become vital for the correct development of any child, since through this one gains the possibility of initiating the formation of the first perceptual and motor schemes to achieve the manipulation of objects, which will be vital in their first years of life.

In this range students are able to draw deductions depending on the logic of things and how they are able to organize them in their mind, often getting right a concept or a way of doing things just by seeing what happens around them.

For example, a person can guess where each type of room is located in a building that they don’t know the blueprints for because the pipes work a certain way and should all go in the same direction if it is the same type of room: the bathrooms.

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