We all learn in different ways using different methods. No one style fits everyone. Understanding a child’s learning style will help families, teachers and tutors engage more productively and can help make the learning experience fun for everyone.
Most people use multiple learning styles. For example, a person may be a musical and kinesthetic learner or a combination of a linguistic and spatial learner. See the list below for a more detailed explanation of learning styles. We also list some common professions those types of learners are drawn to. As with most things, this is is not a definitive list, simply an example of possible professions.
Linguistic Learner or the “the word player.” This learner likes to read, write and tell stories. He/she is good at memorizing names, dates, places, trivia. This learner learns best when saying, hearing, and seeing words. Examples: librarian, curator, speech pathologist, writer, radio or TV announcer, journalist, lawyer.
Logical/Mathematical Learner or “the questioner.” This learner likes to conduct experiments, work with numbers, ask questions and explore patterns and relationships. He/she is good at math, reasoning, logic and problem solving and learns best by categorizing, classifying, working with abstract patterns and relationships. Examples: auditor, accountant, mathematician, scientist, statistician, computer analyst, technician.
Spatial Learner or “the visualizer.” This learner likes to draw, build, design and create, daydream, play with machines and engage with hands-on activities. He/she is imaginative, sensitive, good at mazes and puzzles and reading maps and charts. They learn best by visualizing, dreaming, using the mind’s eye, working with color and pictures. Examples: engineer, surveyor, architect, urban planner, graphic artist, interior decorator, photographer, pilot.
Musical Learner or “the music lover.” He/she sings, hum tunes, listens to music, plays an instrument and responds to music. They are good at picking up sounds, remembering melodies, noticing pitches and rhythms and keeping time. They learn best with rhythm, melody and music. Examples: musician, piano tuner, music therapist, choral director, conductor.
Body/Kinesthetic Learner or “the mover.” This learner likes to move around, touch and talk, use body language, physical activities, acting, crafting. They learn by touching, moving, interacting with space, processing knowledge through body sensations. Examples: physical therapist, dancer, actor, mechanic, carpenter, forest ranger, jeweler.
Interpersonal Learner or “the socializer.” This learner has lots of friends, likes to talk to people, join groups, understand people, lead others, organize, communicate, manipulate and mediate conflicts. They learn best by sharing, comparing, relating, cooperating and interviewing. Examples: administrator, manager, personnel worker, psychologist, nurse, public relations person, social director, teacher.
Intrapersonal Learner or “the individual.” This learner likes to work alone and pursue his/her own interests. He/she is good at understanding their self, focusing inward on feelings and dreams, following instincts, pursuing interests and goals and being original. They learn best by working alone with individualized projects and self-paced instruction within their own personal space. Examples: psychologist, therapist, counselor, theologian, program planner, entrepreneur.
Naturalist or “the nature lover.” This learner loves to physically experience nature, conduct observations and responds to patterning in nature. He/she isgood at exploring natural phenomena, seeing connections and patterns. They learn best with reflective thinking, making observations, recording events in nature, working in pairs and long term projects. Examples: botanist, astronomer, wildlife illustrator, meteorologist, chef, geologist, landscape architect.