Throughout life, we learn. These lessons may be formal as found in academic studies, on the job through additional training, or personal, in the pursuit of an interest or hobby. Regardless of what, where or when we choose to obtain knowledge, how we approach learning is unique to each and every one of us based on our individual learning style or styles. What is a learning style you might ask? Well, so did I. There are several ways of learning. The definition from “The Nonprofit Good Practice Guide is “Learning styles are simply different approaches or ways of learning.” (www.nonprofitbasics.org) Depending on the source, there are seven to four different styles. The learning styles that we have been describing have been given the following names:
Visual (spatial). You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
Aural (auditory-musical). You prefer using sound and music.
Verbal (linguistic). You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.
Physical (kinesthetic). You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.
Logical (mathematical). You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.
Social (interpersonal). You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.
Solitary (intrapersonal). You prefer to work alone and use self-study
In order to determine what is the most efficient way for me to learn and retain information, I had to find out which learning style would work best for me. I have always