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Learning Styles

Learning styles categorize the different ways that people learn. You may have one or two dominant learning styles, or a combination of several overlapping styles. Culture, environment, and purpose can also affect the learning process. You can use your knowledge of learning styles to develop study habits that optimize individual strengths. You can also challenge yourself to step "out of the box" and try different styles of learning.

Verbal—Learn through using language and writing to describe and analyze issues.

Auditory—Learn through discussion and listening; nuances of sound help you understand concepts.

Logical-mathematical—Learn and solve problems by applying logic, mathematical concepts, and recognizing patterns.

Visual-spatial—Learn through seeing; you prefer diagrams, pictures, and videos. A speaker’s body expression and gestures provide cues that help you understand concepts.

Physical-kinetic—Learn through movement and hands-on activities: doing, shaping, building, acting and role-playing. You prefer to break your study up into short periods of time.

Social—Social learners prefer discussion and social interaction in a group and feel comfortable with peer review.

Solitary—Solitary learners prefer the quiet and focus of studying alone; they can also benefit from peer review or the use of a peer review checklist to assess their own work. Students often try to balance solitary with social learning.