Learning YOUR Learning Styles

You might be thinking, "Whaaat the heck do learning styles have to with coaching? Well, I am going to tell you! If you know your specific learning style, and can convey that to your life coach, it will be really helpful to them in knowing how to coach you. If you are aware of how you tend to learn things, you can tune in so much better with what you learn throughout your life--any type of learning; from lessons, to mistakes, to a recipe, to your spirituality and life's mission and purpose. It also helps you with your interpersonal skills and relationships.

The three basic types of learning styles are:

  • Visual
  • Auditory
  • Kinesthetic

To learn, we depend on our senses to process the information around us. Most people tend to use one of their senses more than the others. In learning the differences among the three, we will help you determine which of these you rely on the most.

Visual: You learn by seeing and looking. Visual Learners:

  • tend to sit in the front
  • are usually neat and clean
  • often close their eyes to visualize or remember something
  • find something to watch if they are bored
  • like to see what they are learning
  • benefit from illustrations and presentations that use color
  • are attracted to written or spoken language rich in imagery
  • prefer stimuli to be isolated from auditory and kinesthetic distraction
  • find passive surroundings ideal

Auditory: You learn by hearing and listening. Auditory Learners:

  • sit where they can hear but needn't pay attention to what is happening in front
  • may not coordinate colors or clothes, but can explain why they are wearing what they are wearing and why
  • hum or talk to themselves or others when bored
  • acquire knowledge by reading aloud
  • remember by verbalizing lessons to themselves if they don't they have difficulty reading maps or diagrams or handling conceptual assignments like mathematics)

Kinesthetic: You learn by touching and doing. Kinesthetic Learners:

  • need to be active and take frequent breaks
  • speak with their hands and with gestures
  • remember what was done, but have difficulty recalling what was said or seen
  • find reasons to tinker or move when bored
  • rely on what they can directly experience or perform activities such as cooking, construction, engineering and art help them perceive and learn
  • enjoy field trips and tasks that involve manipulating materials
  • sit near the door or someplace else where they can easily get up and move around
  • are uncomfortable in classrooms where they lack opportunities for hands-on experience
  • communicate by touching and appreciate physically expressed encouragement, such as a pat on the back

If you are not clear-cut about learning styles, click here to take a learning styles test. (I'll tell you a little secret: When you see your results, mostly a's means you are visual, mostly b's means you are auditory, and mostly c's means you are kinesthetic.)

If you're interested in a more thorough test, click here