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Learning Styles

  • October 2, 2018
  • Written by Meridian Admin

Learning Styles

Often our difficulties or challenges with others whether colleagues, subordinates, family members, or friends, is that of communication. Is what we think we have said the same as what others have heard? We will often realize that our ideas and directions have been interpreted in a very different way.

Listening obviously plays a major role in some of our miscommunications and we cannot always ensure that others are listening and understanding as clearly as we would like them to.

The other major factor is understanding people’s learning styles. Learning styles are essentially how people generally interpret the world. We each have our own dominant  learning style and when we understand them both in ourselves and in others will certainly alleviate some of the problems arising in our communications.

The four most commonly known and understood learning styles are aural, physical, verbal, and visual. Aural relates to a preference of learning through talking and listening. A physical or kinesthetic learner is very much hands-on and tactile. Verbal learners have a preference for language that is both spoken and written. The fourth type is the visual learner, who best takes in information through pictures, videos, graphs, etc. Can you think of different people you know that gravitate to these learning styles? How do you communicate with them effectively?

Although the above four learning styles are the most commonly known, there are three others we may want to look at when we want to fully understand people we spend time with. These are best labelled logical, social, and solitary. A person who tends to be logical prefers systems and reasoning. The social learner finds learning within a group or team to be best for them. A solitary learner is comfortable working alone and very adept at self-study. Again can you think of a person that fits into one or more of these styles? For instance, a person may be a visual learner with a preference to work alone, while another is a physical learner enjoying the social environment.  How would you best accommodate their styles?

As a leader, it is advantageous to know how people learn. Think of it in the same way that sometimes we are asked how we want to hear from a  company—by phone, by mail, by email, or by text. By understanding how someone learns or prefers to take in information, we can adjust our approach to them in our communication. ,

Paul Abra, Motivated Coaching

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