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Why is knowing your learning style important?

It is worth taking the time to figure it out….

You are a unique learner. No one else learns in exactly the same way you do. There are many benefits to discovering how you process information best. Some of these include:

Academic

  • gives you a head start and maximizes your learning potential
  • enables you to succeed in school, college, university
  • gives you customised techniques to score better on tests and exams
  • allows you to learn “your way” – through your own best strategies
  • shows you how to overcome the limitations of poor instructors
  • reduces the stress and frustration of learning experiences
  • expands your existing learning and studying strategies

Personal

  • increases your self-confidence
  • improves your self-image
  • teaches you how to use your brain best
  • gives you insight into your strengths, weaknesses, and habits
  • enables you to enjoy any learning process
  • inspires greater curiosity and motivation for lifelong learning
  • shows you how to take advantage of your natural skills and inclinations

Professional

  • enables you to stay up-to-date professionally
  • gives you an edge over your competitors
  • allows you to manage teams more effectively
  • guides you in delivering effective presentations to diverse audiences
  • improves your persuasive and sales skills
  • helps you improve cooperation among colleagues
  • translates learning power into earning power

It is important to remember that there is no right or wrong learning style. Each style has advantages and disadvantages. Knowing your learning style is not meant to limit you, but to expand you – by helping you to work, learn and live more efficiently.

Educators generally agree that there are three main learning styles:

  • visual
  • auditory
  • tactile-kinesthetic

No-one uses one of the styles exclusively, and there is usually significant overlap in learning styles. Some people learn by seeing (visual); some people learn by hearing (auditory); some people learn by doing (tactile-kinesthetic)

During childhood, each person advances through various stages of each style.

  • Young children are all kinesthetic learners. Visual and auditory preferences emerge later.
  • Each person is born with tendencies toward one main style.
  • The dominant style may not always be the same. It may vary or be combined with others, according to the nature of the activity

Learning style affects how a person:

  • learns
  • acts in a group
  • thinks
  • relates to others
  • solves problems
  • communicates
  • works
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