Understanding Your Learning Style

Published on 9th January 2020

Understanding Your Learning Style

 Howard Gardner proposed  in his 1983 book Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences that there are many intelligences and not just the traditional intelligence quotient that schools and universities are often looking for.

These intelligences also affect how we learn and we all have preferred learning styles. I for example learn by doing. I cannot read a manual to learn how to put something together to save my life, but if someone shows me and allows me to do it at the same time. Bingo it sticks. 

In our anatomy and physiology course our tutor Jane uses a technique  called “Accelerated Learning”. It is the combining of all learning techniques, which include:

Visual (spatial):You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.

Aural (auditory-musical): You prefer using sound and music.

Verbal (linguistic): You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.

Physical (kinesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.

Logical (mathematical): You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.

Social (interpersonal): You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.

Solitary (intrapersonal): You prefer to work alone and use self-study.

You can meet Howard Gardner here

For some people their learning styles and intelligences are very clear: David Beckham will have a strong physical and visual spatial intelligence. Oprah Whinfrey strong aural. 

We can have several areas of strength and if we play to them, they can really help us learn and will also dictate our diretion in life. Jane teaches to satisfy all the learning styles and I encourage you to discover yours by taking this test

You can then work out the best way for you to study and revise. I for example again, teach myself and draw things out. Reading a book it will just go in one eye and out the other!

what is your learning style? happy studies 


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"May I also commend your instructor, Jane. She was so articulate and concise in her delivery of her material. The planning of her course and the methodologies she employed greatly facilitated learning, and her passion and depth of knowledge were both impressive and inspiring. I've been teaching 22 years and have a PhD in language pedagogy, and she made this cautious digression in my career a very enjoyable experience for me"

- Rose Ní Dhubhda -

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