Part 3: Self Improvement 101: The 62 Essential Truths about
Improving Your Life - by David Riklan
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Part 3: How to Immediately Determine Which of the Top 3
Learning Styles Will Work Best for You - by David Riklan
In Part 1 of
our E-class, we focused on answering the question, "What exactly
is it that you want?" In Part 2 of our E-Class, we asked,
"Where can we go for help?"
(Part 3) focuses on the different ways in which we learn. By
figuring out your most appropriate LEARNING STYLE(s), you will
be able to determine which type of self-help you're best suited
The three major learning styles defined by psychologists include:
certainly be able to learn more effectively by understanding
which learning style works for you. But don't believe that
you're limited to just one! In fact, mostly all of us use a
combination of styles. It is important, however, for you to be
part of an environment that makes the most of your learning
VISUAL LEARNERS (approximately 65 percent of the population) This type of learner is
best at collecting information with their eyes. This includes
looking at visual images or reading text. Visual learners
usually prefer graphics, illustrations and charts. They are
able to remember details and ideas in picture form, typically
what they've seen before.
AUDITORY LEARNERS (approximately 30 percent of the population) This type of learner is
best at collecting information with their ears. This includes
listening and talking. Although easily distracted, auditory
learners learn by memorizing sound. For instance, they learn
instructions by repeating them over and over again, even in
silent form. They often like background music to block out
KINESTHETIC LEARNERS (approximately 5 percent of the population) This type of learner is best
at collecting meaning through touch and movement. Kinesthetic
learners learn through physical interaction; most are young
children. In essence, touching is a way of seeing.
So, which of
these three styles is most effective for you? If you're not
sure, here is an exercise to help. Read through the following
examples and note down how many apply to you personally. By
counting how many check marks you have in each category, you can
determine the type of learning that is right for you.
A VISUAL LEARNER.
watches TV to relax.
remember people's faces but not their names.
distracted by untidiness when concentrating.
a new idea by reading the book.
spell a difficult word by writing to see how it looks.
problems most easily by writing out possible solutions.
AN AUDITORY LEARNER.
music or the radio to relax.
remember people's names but not their faces.
distracted by noise when concentrating.
a new idea by purchasing the audio tapes.
spell a difficult word by sounding it out.
problems most easily by talking through possible solutions.
A KINESTHETIC LEARNER.
physical activity or plays a sport to relax.
remember people by recalling things he/she did with them.
distracted by moving people when concentrating.
a new idea by going to the seminar.
spell a difficult word by writing to see how it feels.
problems most easily through hands-on experience.
If you have a
high score for visual learners, then I recommend you utilize
visual presentations like illustrations, slides and videos. If
you see that you are more of an audio learner, then audio
sources like tapes or lectures will suit you best. If you happen
to fit under the kinesthetic category, then a kinesthetic or
hands-on approach to learning will help.
Certainly it is
possible to score evenly across all three. This shows that you
are able to learn well using either the visual, audio or
kinesthetic learning styles. Congratulations!
determining your most appropriate style(s), you can then choose
the type of material, expert or environment that will help you
learn best and in effect, improve your life.
In Part 4, we
will start evaluating the value of mentors and modeling.
To review part 2, please go here:
TWO FINAL NOTES
additional information on learning styles, I would highly
http://www.howtolearn.com. This site provides comprehensive
information not only on learning styles but other important
subjects on learning as well.
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