Are you a visual learner? Or perhaps an auditory one? Understanding your dominant personal learning style can unlock a world of new opportunities for growth and development. By knowing how you learn best, you can tailor your study techniques, optimize your educational experience and achieve your goals more efficiently. 


In this article, we will explore four (4) different learning styles, provide tips on how to determine your own, and explain why it’s crucial to have this self-awareness. Get ready to unlock your full potential and start learning in a way that works best for you.

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What are the different types of learning styles?

Which learner are you? 

How to maximize learning style?


What are the different types of learning styles?

Have you ever struggled to understand a new concept, even though you’ve read about it or listened to a lecture about it multiple times? It may be because you need to learn in a way that best suits your individual learning style. 

Our learning style influences how we process and retain information. There are four (4) main types of learners: visual, aural, read/write, and kinesthetic. 

  1. Visual learners prefer using visual aids such as diagrams, images, and colors to help them understand new information. 
  2. Aural (or “auditory”) learners, on the other hand, learn best through the use of sound and music. 
  3. Read/write learners learn best through the use of words, such as reading textbooks or taking notes. 
  4. Kinesthetic learners learn by doing and prefer hands-on, interactive experiences. 

Understanding your personal learning style can be a game-changer in your education and personal development journey. By tailoring your study techniques to your preferred learning style, you can increase your understanding and retention of information, leading to greater success and achievement.

determining your learning style can help you achieve success


Which learner are you? 

The VARK Questionnaire

The VARK questionnaire is used to determine an individual’s learning style. It stands for Visual, Aural, Read/Write, and Kinesthetic. The questionnaire assesses how a person prefers to receive information and make sense of new ideas. Based on their answers, individuals can learn about their dominant learning style and gain insights into how they can optimize their study techniques and educational experience. 

The VARK questionnaire is a simple and effective tool for anyone who wants to understand their learning style and improve their ability to learn and retain new information. It only takes 5 minutes to complete.

Click here to take the VARK questionnaire. 

Once you’ve identified your learning style, scroll down to find out what tips Pathstream’s success coaches recommend.

How to maximize learning style?

Tips to optimize your learning style as a visual learner:

As a visual learner, you prefer to understand information through visual aids such as maps, graphs, diagrams, and charts. Unlike some learners who benefit from videos or photos, you need information presented in a way that showcases patterns and shapes. To fully tap into your visual learning style, it’s crucial to present information in a manner that displays the relationship between different ideas visually. For example, when learning a business process, a flow chart can be an excellent resource to help you grasp the concept.

If you’re enrolled in an online course, consider how you can integrate more charts and diagrams into your note-taking to enhance your learning experience. By doing so, you’ll be able to take full advantage of your visual learning style and increase your comprehension of the information.


Tips to maximize your learning experience as an aural learner: 

Aural (or “auditory”) learners prefer to take in information through hearing or speaking. They tend to sort their ideas better after speaking them out loud. To make the most of their learning experience, they thrive in environments that involve talking and active engagement, such as lectures and group discussions.

To optimize their learning, aural learners can benefit from techniques such as repeating back lessons, listening to recordings of classes, and participating in group activities where classmates explain ideas. Aural learners can effectively process and retain information by catering to their auditory learning style.

If you’re taking an online course as an aural learner, consider using the “translate” setting on your phone and choose English. It will read text aloud to you! Watch the videos whenever possible in your course. If a subject still needs to be clarified, set up office hours to talk it through with an instructor live!


auditory learner


Tips for effective learning as a read/write learner:

Read/write learners are most effective when they consume information through reading or writing words. They believe that text is a powerful representation of ideas, and they often excel in written assignments.

To engage and understand the information completely, it’s recommended to describe charts and diagrams in writing, take written quizzes, and complete written assignments. This will allow them to process the information through their preferred learning style.

To maximize your learning experience while taking an online course, try summarizing each lesson section with a one-sentence objective after reading the text. This will help solidify your understanding and retain the information better.


Tips for kinesthetic learners:

Kinesthetic learners prefer to learn through hands-on experiences. They learn best by doing and enjoy a personal connection to the information. This is why kinesthetic learners require a tactile experience to understand a concept better. 

To effectively present new information to a kinesthetic learner, it’s recommended to use techniques that involve personal experience, practice, examples, or simulations. For example, kinesthetic learners can remember an experiment better by recreating it. They can increase their understanding and retention of information by utilizing their kinesthetic learning style. 

A good tip for a kinesthetic learner taking an online course is to engage in hands-on activities or simulations to help reinforce the material they are learning. This can include paying extra attention to the labs, projects, and activities included in your Pathstream learning experience. 


Tips for kinesthetic learners



In conclusion, understanding different learning styles and determining your preferred learning style can significantly enhance your learning experience. Whether you’re a visual, aural/auditory, read/write, or kinesthetic learner, you can make the most of your strengths and optimize your learning process. By being aware of your preferred way of learning, you can tailor your study strategies and find methods that work best for you. By incorporating techniques, you’ll be well on your way to achieving your academic goals and maximizing your potential.

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