Each of us has our own vibe when it comes to soaking up knowledge, which is why there are seven defined learning styles. But let's be real: Sticking to just one style is not going to cut it for most of us.  

So, let’s explore what works for you. Embracing your learning style isn't just about acing it at school – it's about setting yourself up for success in the real world. Whether you're hustling in a job or chasing your entrepreneurial dreams. 

What are learning styles?  

Learning styles are your preferred method(s) of understanding and processing new information. They classify different ways you might comprehend, memorize, and utilize new knowledge. Seven different learning styles describe various cognitive preferences, sensory needs, and individual backgrounds. Not sure which learning approach resonates most with you? Explore our comprehensive guide on learning styles to see all of your options in one place.

Logic Learning Style 

If you thrive on systematic approaches to learning, you’re likely a logical learner. You like step-by-step guides and problem-solving strategies – not emotional engagement. And you excel in math, coding, music, or science. Here are four ways to maximize your logic learning style.

1. Logic puzzles

By engaging with logic puzzles and games, you can strengthen your ability to identify patterns, make logical connections, and draw conclusions based on evidence. You might even find them fun! They challenge your mind and enhance cognitive abilities. 

2. Utilizing techniques

Using established techniques reinforces your ability to think logically and critically when you’re faced with new challenges. They’ll help you approach problems methodically so you can understand solutions. 

3. Critical thinking and reasoning

Practising your critical thinking and logical reasoning hones your ability to analyze information, evaluate arguments, and draw logical conclusions. These types of thinking challenge you to question assumptions, identify biases, and recognize logical fallacies. You’ll develop a deeper understanding of complex concepts and improve your ability to make informed decisions.

4. Real-world problems

Applying logic to real-world scenarios allows you to translate your analytical skills into practical problem-solving abilities. Real-life situations will show you logical patterns in practical terms, force you to assess risks, and help you make informed decisions later in life.

Reading Learning Style

You might like the reading learning style if you prefer absorbing information through written materials – a.k.a. reading. When you can see what you’re learning written out, whether it's through books, text-based online courses, or whiteboard instructions provided by teachers, it’s easier for you to comprehend. Here are four ways to make the most of your reading learning style. 

1. Annotating and summarizing

Annotating and summarizing help you absorb and process what you read. These techniques actively keep you engaged in the learning process, enhancing comprehension and retention.

2. Goals and schedules

Goals and schedules provide structure and direction to your learning process. Clear objectives and timelines can help you prioritize your reading tasks so you can allocate your time effectively. That way, you’ll stay organized and motivated while making consistent progress toward your learning goals. You can break down larger reading assignments into manageable chunks, making it less daunting and more achievable.

3. Diversify

Diversifying reading materials broadens your exposure to different writing styles, perspectives, and topics. Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and academic works can help you develop a more comprehensive understanding of language and storytelling techniques.

4. Discuss 

Joining a book club or participating in discussions at school is a fast track to learning. By sharing your interpretations, insights, and questions, you can gain new perspectives and clarify your understanding.

Writing Learning Style

You’re probably a writing learner if writing and visualizing concepts helps you understand things. You might take detailed notes, journal, or create visual aids like diagrams and mind maps. Maybe you’ve even been told you’re a good writer. These four strategies can help you maximize your writing learning style. 

1. Freewriting 

Freewriting and brainstorming will help you generate new ideas and explore what you’re learning without restrictions like assignments. Feeling stuck? Brainstorm to unlock your creativity and get past your writer's block.

2. Organize

Once you’ve brainstormed, outlines will give you a framework for your ideas. Sometimes we all need help organizing our thoughts cohesively. Organizing can help you clarify your understanding and present it to others easily.

3. Revise

Seeking feedback helps you get used to receiving constructive criticism – which all writers need to be comfortable with. By actively engaging in the revision process, you can polish your understanding of the subject and how you’ve shared it. You might not know it yet, but you’ll probably thrive in a collaborative learning environment. Seeking feedback fosters that.

4. Experiment

Experimenting with different writing styles and formats allows you to explore, get creative, and expand your own skills for explaining what you’ve learned. Stepping outside of your comfort zone will help you become more adaptable and empower you to effectively communicate your ideas in any room. 

Explore multiple learning styles 

Learning is a never-ending quest, and your mind is the ultimate playground to explore. Each of us has our unique way of soaking up knowledge, and most people vibe with multiple learning styles.  

Since only a small fraction of people stick to just one style, it’s fundamental to dive into self-discovery, get your hands dirty, and discover what resonates with you. Embracing how you learn not only amplifies your performance in school but also sets you up for success when you get a job or are hustling as a budding entrepreneur.  

Figuring out your learning style makes picking up new skills and hobbies a breeze. So, try on different learning styles, and keep the stuff that clicks with you – even if it's totally different from what you thought was your vibe.  

Once you figure out how you learn best, picking up new skills and hobbies becomes way easier. So, lean into what feels right, even if it's totally unexpected. When you embrace your learning style, yeah, school life will be easier, but you’ll also liberate all that potential you already have. So, which hack will you try? 

 

About the author

 Rachel is a freelance writer for EdTech companies. She studied Education and Achievement Motivation at Wheelock College. She made it through college on a trusty Lenovo Yoga. When she’s not writing, she spends her time adventuring in the outdoors, doing arts and crafts, and snuggling with her cat, Bonnie. 

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Comments

  • A lot of great ideas utilizing all of them will definitely bring success 

  • Freewriting!

  • I agree with you and everyone learns differently, for me personally, I love the logic puzzles, they keep me sharp and there fun.

  • With all due respect, I don't quite buy into all these so-called "learning styles" or the idea that a person can only learn best in a certain "style." Learning is not a personal trait or a preference, but it is a mechanism that involves all aspects of the receptive and expressive senses plus the ability to interpret the information: seeing, hearing, speaking, writing, and thinking. One needs to activate all 5 in order to become a good learner!

  • Thanks for this article on the Logic, Reading, and Writing learning styles!

  • Utilizing all of these learning styles is definitely the key to actually learning them for the long term. Interesting read!

  • Great article - some great ideas on different learning styles.  Would love to see a follow up on how to best improve on the type of learning that we utilize.

  • GREAT article/read, I'm going to pass this off to my granddaughter. THANK YOU for this info.

  • Thank you for sharing, this is all great advice.

  • This is quite the interesting read! I think I'm all over the place, for the most part. I do enjoy logic-based problem solving, though.