Learning Development Service
Student Guidance Centre
Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 3618
Normal hours are Monday-Friday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
Evening and Skype appointments are available upon request.
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Different Learning Styles
There are many different theories and views of learning styles and approaches to learning. You may have heard of people talking about 'visual learners', 'kinaesthetic learners' and others. An overview of these different learning styles can be seen below:
Visual (spatial) Learners - Learners who prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
Aural (auditory-musical) Learners - Learners who prefer using sound and music.
Verbal (linguistic) Learners - Learners who prefer using words, both in speech and writing.
Physical (kinaesthetic) Learners - Learners who prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.
Logical (mathematical) Learners - Learners who prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.
Social (interpersonal) Learners - Learners who prefer to learn in groups or with other people.
Solitary (intrapersonal) Learners - Learners who prefer to work alone and use self-study.
From the list above you may already know the type of learner you are and you may have a better idea of techniques that you should develop (combined with time management, note taking etc.). However, you may still have some difficulty, or would like a better interpretation of your learning style. There are many tools available that will provide you with a more comprehensive analysis of your learning style and also can provide you with more practical tips for studying.
One of the most popular is the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI). The MBTI is a technique for measuring your learning preferences, using four basic scales with 'opposite poles'. The four scales are:
The MBTI will require you to make a choice between each of the above based on your preferences and the various combinations of your preferences will result in one (from a total of 16) personality type. If you would like to find your personality type using the MBTI click here.
Once you know your MBTI from taking the test, then you will be able to develop your study skills.
"you can find out your personality type by emailing or contacting the Learning
Development Service and making an appointment with Paula Moran for a Myers
Briggs individual assessment or workshop. It is fun to do and you will gain a
valuable insight into how you and others work and communicate."
There is also a shorter learning styles questionnaire, based on the work of P. Honey and A. Mumford in the The Manual of Learning Styles (1991), which can be dowloaded and completed on your own by clicking here. Learning Styles