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Do You Know Your Learning-Style?

Knowing your learning-style is imperative to success. As the issue that keep most people from learning new things is the high learning curve they have to overcome.

But what if you could reduce the learning curve and the time and hardship spent trying to beat it. Being able to master a skill or job 2x as fast or even 10x as fast.

Because the reason most training and classes fail and people don’t learn as effectively because the information is not being taught in a way that meets the needs of the individuals being taught.

A good example is people who learn hands-on versus people who learn conceptually. People who learn conceptually like to use graphs, figures, maps, and other tools to learn a concept, and will tell hands-on people it is the only way to learn. Whereas hands-on people like to see how something is done with the help of another person to show them what’s right. Finding out what type you are is important to your learning success and completing your own self-study.

To find out your learning style Google these two questionnaires and combine them to see what styles best compliment you.

1. The Vark Quiz – Short Form with quick summary of your learning-style

2. Index of Learning Styles Questionnaire – Long Form with in-depth analysis of your learning style

After you take these quick questionnaires. You will find out if your learning-style is active or reflective, sensing or intuitive, visual or sensing, and sequential or global.

With each of these styles comes specific techniques that work best with that type of learner as well as others that work with all. Now let’s go over each style of learner and their strengths and weaknesses.

1st Spectrum of 4 that details how you like to learn.

Does this sound like YOU?

Don’t like to be lectured?

Hate being forced to sit there without any active participation?

Then you have active learner tendencies. Because active learners like learning to be full of participation and be interesting. Which is why you will have a kid who can remember every stat and name of his favorite baseball team, but can’t will never remember anything about the state capitals. Because one is active and can be discussed with friends while the other is taught dryly with no entertainment value.

Or does this sound like you?

Don’t like when other people talk during lectures? Or when you’re studying?

Hate every time someone asks a question or slows down the class?

Then you have reflective tendencies. Being the opposite of active learners. You don’t want people to interrupt your process of listening, thinking, and digesting of information. Where an active learner wants to use the information immediately, a reflective learners wants to reflect upon the information and use it later.

2nd Spectrum of 4 that details how you like to learn.

Does this sound like you?

Like to memorize?

Learning facts and figures?

While using the techniques you have always used?

Not liking when things get outside your scope?

Then you’re a sensor. You like repetition, memorization, and well established methods, formulas, and procedures that work so you don’t have to think. You enjoy things that already work with no problems and issues that you can reuse again and again on old and new situations.

Or does this sound like you?

Like challenging new problems?

With the ability to think outside the box to find new solutions?

Then you are an intuitive learner. You enjoy taking on new challenges and enjoy figuring them out, both their problems and solution. Even if either haven’t been figured out yet. Intuitive learners learn usually conceptually and theoretically.

3rd Spectrum of 4 that details how you like to learn.

Does this sound like you?

Like to learn by actually seeing something done?

Not told, but physically shown from A to Z?

Then you’re a visual learner. And the reality is. Most people are. Visual learners learn by seeing How-To Videos,on-the-job training, and flowcharts, graphs, and other visuals that help implant images to memory.

Or does this sound like you?

Do you learn by reading and writing?

Without having to be shown how to do it, but told?

Then you are a verbal learner. Verbal learners are able to understand how to do things by reading how others did it or being told how they did, and independent from having to actually being shown how to do it. Entailing they are better at figuring out the minute details that may not be as explicit as seeing how it is done.

4th Spectrum of 4 that details how you like to learn.

Does this sound like you?

Like to learn step-by-step? In a logical sequence?

Each step building on the next until it all finally makes sense?

If you do, you are a sequential learner. This type of learner loves step-by-step processes and learns logically by learning the basics and fundamentals of a subject. Building upon the subject by stacking new information on top of each other until the whole picture is known.

Or does this sound like you?

Like to immerse yourself in the information?

Learning randomly until you have that “eureka” moment?

Then you are most likely a global learner. Someone who likes to learn everything about a subject, but in no particular order until one day it all clicks together and you master the subject. The major difference between the two is that sequential learners are able to use the information relatively immediately to take a test while it takes a global learner a certain period of time to let it conceptualize before they can effectively take a test on it. Because the information doesn’t make any sense to you until it clicks in your mind.


But like every spectrum, everyone has more and less the tendencies of each type. As many people display both. It just matters which way you lean more and knowing the best ways to take advantage of your own combination of learning styles to maximize your learning return to become a meta-learner.

For example:

An active/reflective learner may like to participate in group work to get feedback from others in the group, but want to do their own work alone and bring it to the group roughly completed.

A sensing/intuitive learner is someone who likes to use established-methods to figure out problems, but likes to change-it-up to see if the established method can be made better.

A visual/verbal learner may learn best by combining both words and pictures so they can read the steps as they see them being done. Helping them learn that much faster.

And finally, a sequential/global learner may be able to learn sequentially, but only if each presented topic is fully discussed without pieces missing.

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