It’s true… People learn in different ways. Of course, when I was growing up, the education system was built on the principle that everyone learns by reading books (textbooks) and listening to lectures. (From what I understand, this position is slowing changing, at least in the US education system.)
But, while it’s one thing to recognize that people learn in different ways, not everyone understands how he/she learns. I found a very helpful infographic in the article “You Learn One of These Five Ways“. Now, to be fair, I don’t think it’s true that you learn in just one way. I think there may be a preferred method of learning for each person, but it’s possible for someone to learn something in each of the five ways… in spite of the fidgeting and eyerolling and everything else that happens during your “non-preferred” method of teaching/learning. On the other hand, it’s also possible that people learn different subject matters in different ways.
Having said all that, I still think this is a very good infographic, and a great place to start:
Based on the infographic (the first time through, anyway), I’m a kinesthetic learner… although I think I lean heavily toward the multimodal learner.
What do you think? Does the infographic disclose your preferred method of learning? Do you agree with what that learning style means for you?