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What are learning styles?

How do you learn best? Through seeing, doing or hearing?

Knowing which is your strongest learning style can help you stay focused and remember things more easily.

There are three different recognised learning styles.
These are:

Combination styles

Most people will have a combination of different styles.
It’s helpful to work out which styles are most relevant to you- that way you can use them to your benefit when you are studying or revising.

  • Take this quick quiz to find out which learning style you prefer.
  • From each section below, write down the statements which are relevant to you.
  • There are no right or wrong answers- so be honest and give the answers which you think most accurately describe what you would do in each situation.

auditory learning group listeningSection 1

  • I prefer lessons where we can discuss things.
  • I often sing or hum to myself in class.
  • When learning a new skill, I prefer someone to explain to me how to do it.
  • When the adverts come on the telly – I like to sing along with them.
  • I would prefer to listen to a story rather than read it myself.
  • I have a good memory for people’s names.
  • I prefer teachers who explain things to us.
  • If I get in trouble in class, it’s for talking.
  • On a long journey I like to listen to music or talk to the other travellers.
  • In my spare time I would prefer to listen to music or chat with friends.

visual learning group lookingSection 2

  • I prefer lessons where there is something to look at (like a picture, chart, diagram or video) or something to draw.
  • I often doodle in class.
  • I am good at drawing.
  • When the adverts come on the telly I like to watch them.
  • I would prefer to see a comic strip of a story.
  • I have a good memory for faces.
  • I prefer teachers who use diagrams to show us things.
  • If I get in trouble in class, it’s for drawing on the desk or all over my books.
  • On a long journey I like to look at the scenery or read a book.
  • In my spare time I would prefer to watch TV or a video.

mechanic fixing engineSection 3

  • I often fiddle with things in class (a pen, paper clip or rubber band.)
  • When learning a new skill, I prefer to just get on with it.
  • When learning a new skill, I prefer to watch someone else show me how to do it.
  • When the adverts come on the telly – I get up and do something.
  • I would prefer to act out a story.
  • I am good at learning physical skills like sports.
  • I prefer teachers who get us to do something.
  • If I get in trouble in class it’s for fidgeting.
  • On a long journey I can’t wait until we stop so I can walk around.
  • In my spare time I would prefer to do something physical, such as sport or dancing.

What's my learning style?

  • When you’ve finished, add up how many statements you listed in each section.
  • Then click on the relevant link below to find out how best to use your learning style

I listed the most statements for section 1

I listed the most statements for section 2

I listed the most statements for section 3

  • You may find that you have more than one learning style. This is true for most people.
  • In all cases, when it comes to studying, it’s good to try out all three learning techniques to find out which ones work for you.

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