Learning Styles: Which One is Mine?

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Have you ever wondered why some people deal with certain tasks with a lot more ease compared to the others?

Let’s say, there’s a drawing technique a group of students needs to learn. They’ve all gotten the same instructions and materials. But in the end, some perform much better than the rest of the group.

What’s their secret?
The thing is that it’s not about the special skills, or mysterious tricks some of the students used. The reason why certain people get much better results under the same circumstances is that all of them have different learning styles.

What does that mean?
It means, that to learn something, different people use one of their senses (like hearing, sight, or touch) more than the others. In a situation with the drawing style, the materials and explanations given to all the students corresponded more to a certain learning style. So, students that relied on that particular learning style came out superior than the other types of learners.

Today, you’ll find out about 3 major learning styles. You also have a chance to complete a learning style quiz that will help you to determine, which learning style suits you the most. In its turn, knowing your learning style will show you how to study better.

But that’s not all.

We’ll provide you with a detailed information about each of those styles. We’ll also give you some recommendations and tips on what you can do to make the most of the learning style you prefer.

Learning styles theory

The whole concept of learning styles started to gain popularity in the 1970s.

Despite getting great criticism, this idea had its influence on education, shaping the way teachers adjust their classroom methods to teach students. They started to wonder, how do students learn? And realized that there are different types of learners in the classroom. The idea was to find the best ways to approach each learning style in order to maximize the efficiency of the learning process.

Critics tried to get across a completely different point. They claimed that there was no obvious connection between adjusting studying methods to learning style and getting better results.

However, quite a big number of learning styles models appeared over the time of this concept’s existence.

Walter Burke Barbe and his colleagues introduced a model that enjoys great popularity to this day. It consists of 3 types of learning styles:

visualizing learning style
auditory learning style
kinesthetic learning style

This model was also known under the acronym VAK (formed by taking first letters of each modality).

Researchers pointed out, that a dominating learning style can change over time. Another option is getting combined learning modality. As a result, even if person thinks that he or she has one learning style, it can be completely different in reality.

This is one of the main reasons why various tests and quizzes appear. They help to see clearer, what path to take to improve one’s learning experience.

Based on Barbe’s model, Neil Fleming, a New Zealand teacher, introduced his own VARK model. It was an expanded version of a previous work and consisted of 4 types of learning styles:

  • visual learning;
  • auditory learning;
  • read/write learning;
  • kinesthetic learning (or tactile learning style).

We’re going to focus on telling you about visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learning style. But that doesn’t mean that we’re ditching one style for no reason. The thing is that the methods and learning processes of read/write style are quite similar to those of visual learning. So, we do this for the sake of lessening confusion and making the end result as clear as possible.

Concentrating on a certain style will help you to get the most of your learning. That’s because you’ll involve methods and techniques that are the most suitable for you. Without having to try everything randomly and seeing if it works.

Learning styles quiz

So, here’s the interesting part. The quiz. Now you’ll get the answer to the question: “What type of learner am I?”

It consists of 25 questions with 3 answer options. Each option corresponds a certain learning style.

Your task is simple. Read the question and select the answer that fits you the most. After finishing the quiz, you’ll get a result, telling you what learning style do you have. You’ll also get some recommendations about the possible methods, techniques and activities that fit your learning style the most.

Here’s a helpful tip about taking this quiz. Don’t think too much about each question. Just go with the very first choice you’ve made. This way, you’ll get the most realistic results.

Without further ado, let’s jump right into it and see what’s your learning style. Good luck. And see you at the results page.