Understanding the 7 Learning Styles

Learning is an extremely important and personal experience for people of all ages. Years ago, there was an assumption that everyone learned new material the same way, but over time research has discovered there are actually a number of different learning styles and different ways that humans retain and process information.

The more you know about these different types of learning styles, the more prepared you will be to help yourself (or your children) learn a new skill, idea, language, or concept—no matter what the material may be.

Which Of The 7 Learning Styles Do You Apply?

While every individual is unique and everyone processes information at their own pace and in their own way, research has discovered there are seven primary learning styles or categories that everyone falls into.

Here are the 7 learning styles:

1. Visual (Spatial)

As the name suggests, visual learners are those that learn best when they have an image or cue to help them process the information. They may also need to map out or write out their thoughts in order to really process what they are thinking.

These are some of the most common characteristics of visual learners:

  • Have good spatial sense and sense of direction

  • Can easily visualize objects, plans, and outcomes

  • Like coloring, drawing, and doodling

  • Have good color balance