Were you an A student at school? Or did you find yourself distracted at every opportunity? Understanding your personal learning style is the key to ensuring that the work you put in is effective and worthwhile.
Personal learning development has never been more important, especially in a world where talent is more competitive than ever. Thankfully, it’s also never been easier to improve your skills and set yourself apart from the rest of your industry. But first, it’s important to understand the role that your learning style plays in your personal career success. So, what are learning styles, and how do you find yous?
Visual learners respond better to visual formats like pictures, diagrams, or written text. visual learners can be subcategorised into ‘readers’ and ‘spacial learners’. Readers, as the name suggests, like to learn through reading and writing activities. These learners respond well to coaching that involves essay writing, reading the news, case studies and so on.
Spacial visual learners, on the other hand, have a different natural inclination. Spacial learners respond better to visual aids when faced with new information. Written information is still beneficial, but through highlighted or bolded text. These learners also respond well to videos, graphics, and images. Games and quizzes (especially multiple choice) are the ideal way of testing what knowledge these kinds of learners have gained.
Do you ever move your lips or mutter to yourself when carrying out a task. You might just be an auditory learner! These individuals respond better to hearing new information over seeing it presented on a page or a video etc.
These learners will also be more inclined to use mnemonics, jingles and songs to retain information. They have a positive response to brainstorming ideas, and can actually learn better in group situations. On the other hand, reading and writing for a long period of time may have an adverse effect on their learning, leading to disengagement or actively seeking distraction.
Auditory leaners respond well to introductions and recaps, book-ending the information provided in the learning session. Presenting the information as questions also helps to aid these individuals in engaging with new information. Listening and communication is essential for these learners, and so they will respond better to brainstorming and games, as opposed to traditional exams and tests.
This refers to people who respond best to touching and sensing new information. They respond well to lab situations, where they have the opportunity to break things apart and then figure out how to put them back together again.
To spot a tactile learner, you can look at their physical responses when they are taking in new information – they might tap a pen on a desk or shaking their leg. They are likely ‘hand talkers’ — using broad gestures with their hands to illustrate their point — and may even draw letters in the air when spelling out words.
These learners need breaks and action – long lectures won’t do these people any good!
Understanding these kinds of learners is essential for mentors, coaches, and learners alike. SocialTalent’s learning platform has tonnes of content on both the best ways to coach, and the best ways to learn. Check out the link below to find out how you can prepare yourself for the future of hiring.