Middle School

What is your Learning Style?

learning-lifestlyeA learning style is how a person understands or learns new information. Some people learn by reading a book, others learn by listening to someone, while others may learn by moving and creating. Everyone may have one or more learning style. The learning style which a person uses the most is called their dominant or intuitive learning style. How they may demonstrate their learning may in a different style than how they understand the information. Additionally, you or your child may have two completely different ways of learning. Understanding how a child learns can be beneficial to know when advocating or when helping your child learn something new. Your child may learn with the music on while you may learn in complete silence. Being cognizant of this information and understanding your child’s learning style may help avoid everyday arguments. Check out these resources for more information and details.


“The Seven Learning Styles”  

visualVisual (spatial):You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding. Sometimes, the person can even imagine the exact page where they got the information. You can imagine ideas and “see” them in your mind’s eye.

You can learn information from: Newspapers,Textbooks, Encyclopedias,Various other print materials, Movies and TV Online Lessons, Pictures, Performances



 Aural (auditory-musical): You prefer using sound and music. You may    need to use headphones while working or use online books, lessons or attend lectures. You tend to remember information from: Lectures or Lessons, Music Online Lessons, Auditory tapesStrategy: Figure out which music/theme song can help you relax, study or motivate you. 


verbalVerbal (linguistic): You prefer using words, both in speech and writing. You may need to give oral reports or explain to the teacher, parent or peer your thoughts and ideas.  You may need to: Use a recorder or dictation device , Ask someone to write down your ideas as you speak them aloud, brainstorm” aloud for your ideas to “flow.”

physicalPhysical (kinesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.

You may need to: Act out or perform the information or feeling, dance while learning, jumprope or exercising while remembering or learning information, use flash cards, use manipulatives or objects or create things.


Logical (mathematical): You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.  You may need to: Create graphs or use graphs to understand information, use charts or diagrams when learning new information, make check lists and plan ahead to avoid stress, ask for clear directions to follow.


socialSocial (interpersonal): You prefer to learn in groups or with other people. You may need: Someone to sit with you while you learn or do homework and study at a coffee shop (with headphones) , work at the kitchen table while conversations are occurring, turn TV on in the background while working and study using small discussion groups.


Solitary (insolitarytrapersonal): You prefer to work alone and use self-study.  You many need to: Find a quiet study area, go to a library, use headphones or find an isolated place to focus without any distractions.

Want to learn more about your learning style? Take the Quiz!

Short Learning Style Quiz