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Types of learner

What type of learner are you?

Different types of learning suits different people. This depends on personality and what motivates and interests the person. Which category do you fit in to do you think?

There are four recognised types of learner:

  • visual learners
  • read and write learners
  • auditory learners
  • kinesthetic learners

Visual learners

  • Likes types of learning that involve visual objects such as graphs, charts, pictures, and ‘seeing’ information
  • Can read body language well and has a good perception of aesthetics
  • Able to memorise and remember information
  • Tends to remember things that are written down
  • Learns better in lectures by watching demonstrations

Read and write learners

  • Fits in with the conventional, school-taught types of learning
  • Likes textbooks and writing notes.
  • Good at taking notes during class.
  • Studies best by reading over notes / copying them out.

Auditory learners

  • Remembers information best through types of learning that involve hearing and speaking
  • Prefers to be told how to do things and then summarises the main points to help them remember
  • Often has talents in music
  • Music playing in the background may help study

Kinesthetic learners

  • Likes to use the hands-on types of learning approaches to remember information; e.g. experiments, roleplays etc
  • Would rather physically demonstrate how to do something (or have it demonstrated) rather than verbally explain it (or have it verbally explained)
  • Typically performs well in, and enjoys group work