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You've Got Style!

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We all have style—learning style.  We all have preferred ways of learning new ideas, tasks, information and activities. 

There are a number of popular ways of describing these styles.  The three major categories of learning style that get referenced most often are learning by 1) seeing, 2) doing and 3) hearing.  These categories get high-brow words attached to them but what they are called isn’t as important as knowing the primary style that YOU use.cartoon showing learning styles: visual, with an eye, Auditory, with an ear, and Kinesthetic, with a stick figure person

Knowing your learning style means you can learn faster, your learning is more fun and you can make the best of situations where you can’t use your preferred way of learning. 

Most of us have an idea of how we prefer to learn.  There are links to several assessments and learning style inventories below that you can use to get to know yourself a little better as a learner. 

Trainers can use knowledge of their own learning style to improve their instructional design and classroom facilitation.  Unless we are deliberate and selective, we cartoon person with a funnel collecting multi-colored paper instead of a head, sitting at a deskall tend to teach others the way we learn best.  If you know your own style, you can better focus your activities on the style of the learner. 


Another resource below is a handout that trainers can use in class to help students learn more about their own style.  Helping the learner use their own preferred style enhances the learning experience. 

What should you do?

  • Know your own learning style
  • Watch for hints about other’s learning style
  • Practice being flexible and trying something other than your preferred style



Stewart Chason

Coordinator, Workforce Training