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November 13th, 2012, 11:25 PM
This idea occurred to me during English class today...sooo yeah, another English-class related poll by me xD

Whenever you're at school learning a new lesson daily, or learning how to do something like following a recipe or installing a new computer. Even installing a swing set for your kids (just an example!), the big question would be...how do you learn them? Many people in the world learn things differently, they may have a good memory by taking pictures of things with their mind, or they can follow directions very well by reading instructions in a book rather than watching a how-to youtube video...or simply take notes.

Below, I listed seven of the common learning styles. I also linked to their information pages to learn more...not really a quiz per se, but it's something to learn! xD

Visual (http://www.learning-styles-online.com/style/visual-spatial) (spatial): You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
Aural (http://www.learning-styles-online.com/style/aural-auditory-musical) (auditory-musical): You prefer using sound and music.
Verbal (http://www.learning-styles-online.com/style/verbal-linguistic) (linguistic): You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.
Physical (http://www.learning-styles-online.com/style/physical-bodily-kinesthetic) (kinesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.
Logical (http://www.learning-styles-online.com/style/logical-mathematical) (mathematical): You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.
Social (http://www.learning-styles-online.com/style/social-interpersonal) (interpersonal): You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.
Solitary (http://www.learning-styles-online.com/style/solitary-intrapersonal) (intrapersonal): You prefer to work alone and use self-study.

Applying to either school, or daily life, or both...what is your preferred learning style of the above?

November 13th, 2012, 11:40 PM
I'm definitely more of a mix between a Solitary and Logical learner.

November 14th, 2012, 12:14 AM
I'm definitely more of a mix between a Solitary and Logical learner.

This is basically the same as me, with a little bit of visual mixed in (especially when doing things like building stuff and presenting something).

November 14th, 2012, 12:15 AM
if you split 50-50 exactly, i'm logical and visual. mainly cause i'm a mathematician by profession haha but also cause I can take pictures of things in my head and recall about 70-90% of the detail depending on what i'm remembering.

November 14th, 2012, 12:20 AM
I am most primarily a kinesthetic learner, though I can learn visually and aurally, too.

Captain Fabio
November 14th, 2012, 1:46 AM
I don't think I fall under just one of those styles! :(
I have used aural, physical, logical, social and solitary types of learning and they are all effective for me.

Overlord Drakow
November 14th, 2012, 8:17 AM
I'm similar to the Captain. I learn in different ways depending on the context involved though I believe I learn best by taking action rather than just reading about something.

Kikaito plush
November 14th, 2012, 8:26 AM
I learn better if someone shows me what to do.which I never got at school or college I guess that I fall under Visual learning.

November 14th, 2012, 8:49 AM
I fall under a bit of every type of learning, but mostly through Visual learning. I can't absorb what lecturers are saying properly as the sound of their voices droning on and on in front of the lecture hall lulls me to sleep after half an hour. Even if I did stay awake for the whole lecture, I don't expect to get more than 20% of what the lecturer actually talked about. This is why I tend to skip lectures lol. I usually just stay at home and read the lecture slides provided. I can then learn and absorb at my own pace without the effect of the sleep-inducing voice.

But that sometimes fails me as laziness takes hold a lot. I learn best when I see how people do things and the processes that they take to complete the task. This is one of the reasons why I dislike individual assignments - you have to depend on your own self to finish the task without direct help from other people, which I am not good at. Monkey see monkey do: that's me.

au bon
November 14th, 2012, 9:37 AM
I fit best in Visual, Aural, Physical and Solitary. Physical is probably the best for me, because I have trouble with my memory and I'm more likely to correctly recall a memory of me doing something than anything else.

November 14th, 2012, 9:52 AM
I'm a mix of a Visual, Logical, & Solitary learner.

Visual as I've got a good visual perception & because of that, I've got proficiency in anything spatial in regards to some puzzles & other problems.

Logical because I like to think stuff through very carefully first, & connect two things together if they fit properly. Thus, I've got a better memory than others.

Solitary since, unlike Synerjee, I prefer to work by myself. I don't work well with other people, partly because of pride, & partly because I trust nobody but myself. Another thing is, I'm better by myself at tasks that would normally require at least a pair of people to do.

November 14th, 2012, 10:08 AM
I tend to learn things better if I actually do them. Sometimes, just listening to what I have to do helps.

November 14th, 2012, 10:28 AM
I'm a bit mixed in my learning. I think in pictures, so usually listening is fine, but my mind has a tendency to not see things as they're being described, so things that are easy to follow, yeah I can see that, but if you start talking about like THE ACADIAN OROGENY then you should probably give me a diagram to draw and I can piece it together. That being said, I love visuals because then my brain doesn't have a chance to give me a strange mental image and mess things up. I like hands on things too, especially with things like math. I am awful at math, and when you have something physical and relatable to go with it, it makes so much more sense. Like using Skittles for probability and using blocks or pizzas for fractions. I also am very receptive to sounds. To this day, I still remember things I was taught or told in elementary school solely by the way it was said and I can remember it exactly. Jingles help too. Like those little Shirley Method songs about grammar and such haha. So, in total, I'm a visual, hands-on, listener sort of learner. You think with all the things I can work with, I'd be smarter...lol.

The thing that will be hard for me is catering to all areas of learning when I start teaching. I am not logical at all and I'd confuse myself if I tried to teach that way. So there's gonna be a challenge in that, but we'll get to it when it's time haha.

Oh, I'm also very solitary. I hate working with others and don't like people messing up how I do things. As long as I can get the answers correctly, like in math, then I'm gonna keep doing it the way I do it. I don't like relying on other people to and I often never ask for help and have a tendency to lash out on those that try to help. So the moral to that...is don't ever try to tutor me, especially in math. I am really rude, without trying to be haha. My boyfriend was tutoring me before I dropped my math class and I'm surprised he even stayed with me because teaching me math is just...bad. Another reason I like working alone is because no one ever likes my ideas and we go with the blandest/easiest thing. Or my partners don't understand the assignment at all and I end up being the only one doing the work and understanding it. They don't even try. I am fine if I have dependable partners though...but most of the time, I choose to work alone. Just don't like people lol. :(

November 14th, 2012, 10:35 AM
I'd say....visual and solitary at the very least. I've always tended to work better when I'm able to figure things out on my own - I think others trying to help me actually distracts me and then eventually annoys me. Yeah, I never liked group projects in school. :P And I am most definitely a visual learner. Maybe with a touch of verbal, but...that would apply only to writing, really.

Basically, tell me out loud how to do something new, and I'd probably just stand there confused (to my annoyance). Show me how to do something though, or write down instructions for it, and I'll usually get it quickly.

November 14th, 2012, 10:50 AM
Solitary, logical, and visual. If I run through something myself, I will remember, learn it, or get better at it. I have to do it myself or I'll forget. When I am shown something I usually forget steps soonafter.

November 14th, 2012, 3:31 PM
Good topic.

I learn well by trying things out, by being "hands on" but I don't know if that's what they mean by physical. I guess I'm a little verbal/social in that I like to talk something out to understand it better, even if I don't like talking with people, but I'm also a visual learner in that I'd take notes and learn better when I write something down... which I guess is physical a bit.

I definitely don't learn just from listening though. That much I'm sure of.

November 14th, 2012, 4:41 PM
I'd consdier myself a mix of Visual, Solitary, and Logical. If there's one I'm sure that I'm not, it'd be Social.

Ven Bloodia
November 14th, 2012, 4:43 PM
I'm a mixture of visual, physical, and logical as far as learning mechanisms go in helping me excel in whatever I choose to get involved with.

November 14th, 2012, 5:48 PM
Logical, Verbal, and Social in that order. Everything I learn comes naturally but I do occasionally lose a concept, in which I have to think over for days (unreal numbers like i which is the square root of -1, threw me off because I never simplified into it on tests) other things like quadratic equations, and algebra are all very natural (history is easy because I can link everything together and understand the why, though I never get to remember dates and such) Science applies as well. I say social falls over in this group because I learn by teaching, (when I explain it to someone it gives me a chance to say it out loud and write it out, or the other person can correct me).

English is my worst subject (Spanish is easy though, it is all very consistent and such with some exceptions) there are rules that cancel out others, there are numerous grammar rules, so many words are spelled oddly, and I don't have organized thoughts on paper (with math and science order of where I do my work is irrelevant, the answer is the only thing that matters). Not only that but some things in English are just illogical, such as a silent K in knight, why can't knight and night be the same word? It wouldn't be as confusing as the word buffalo (which has several meanings and is a verb/adjective/noun). I mean Orange (fruit) and the color orange are the same word, but you will always know when I mean the fruit. It's hard to make logical connections with English without knowing it's (freakin its) roots, which themselves are butchered German with Latin and other words. It is the mutt language if anything.

November 14th, 2012, 6:09 PM
In school, I tended to do best when I wrote down notes from the board or from speaking. Writing it down solidified it in my mind. So, I'm going to guess that verbal works out the best for me. I can do solitary study, but it stays in my mind longer if I write it down as opposed to just reading it. Reading works very well, though.

At my job, I like being shown as well as being told about it, so that's more visual/physical learning. But for making pizza, seeing how it's done is really the easiest way to learn it. :p

At home, I read instructions and look at any pictures they give me, so it's a combination of verbal and visual.

November 14th, 2012, 6:22 PM
I'm mostly mix of Visual and Physical. I learn better by someone showing me how to do something (work, project, fixing/updating computer for example) for the first time and then me attempting to do the work.

November 14th, 2012, 6:41 PM
Even though I pretty much never study in these ways, I definitely am better with verbal and social. Hearing things out loud definitely helps me remember them, especially when I'm practicing with a group of people. Every time I've done this it proved to be very effective, but of course I'm too lazy to get together with a group of friends to study, especially since most of them are busy when I'm not and vice versa.

November 14th, 2012, 8:16 PM
I am very aural and logical.
When I study/work, I like to be listening to music. Believe it or not, it helps me focus. I also enjoy having a teacher or someone else give out a scenario and have me use a set of given statements to figure out the rest of it. If I'm wrong, they'll point out what was wrong and have me try to figure out WHY. I like to learn like that because I want to know how I'm wrong and right.

Shiny Celebi
November 14th, 2012, 8:41 PM
Im a hands on learner mostly and often the best way for me to learn something is by doing it. Im also really good at reading and absorbing what I read so I can learn by following written directions well.

Elite Overlord LeSabre™
November 17th, 2012, 12:38 AM
I'm Visual and Logical, but I think I learn equally well solitary or in a group. I definitely prefer Visual because I can glance back at the material in order to try and absorb it. I work well with numbers and formulas; hence Logical.

I'm definitely not Physical, though.

November 17th, 2012, 2:35 AM
I have taken this test before and the result was interesting- I was 100% equal with almost all of them but, was at 0% in the Social and Verbal areas.

So, I suppose I am mix of all these.

Visual (http://www.learning-styles-online.com/style/visual-spatial) (spatial): You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
Aural (http://www.learning-styles-online.com/style/aural-auditory-musical) (auditory-musical): You prefer using sound and music.
Physical (http://www.learning-styles-online.com/style/physical-bodily-kinesthetic) (kinesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.
Logical (http://www.learning-styles-online.com/style/logical-mathematical) (mathematical): You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.
Solitary (http://www.learning-styles-online.com/style/solitary-intrapersonal) (intrapersonal): You prefer to work alone and use self-study.

Interestingly enough I remember sounds and music better than I do words, so verbal learning falls flat for me.

Shining Raichu
November 18th, 2012, 6:58 AM
Solitary, Logical, and most of all Verbal.

I work alone. I hate group work and I find it really difficult to work with others on projects because I don't trust anybody but myself with work that I'm going to put my name on. As for how I learn, it's through logic and words. I'm not really a visual learner, I prefer using repetitive reading.

November 18th, 2012, 9:01 AM
I wouldn't call myself kinesthetic but I know doing something is the only real way to learn it, because... well, nothing else involves actually doing it.
Still, for the learning of things that I will never apply in life, I like to be told and shown by someone else, but not as part of a group.

November 24th, 2012, 3:51 AM
Visual, Logical and Social apply to when I'm in class during Math time, and Physical applies to Physical Ed.

Mr Cat Dog
November 30th, 2012, 8:00 AM
Out of the options provided by Megan, I tend to like aural and verbal best. Unlike most of my friends, at university I tended to get more out of listening to lecturers speak about topics rather than reading their handouts. It felt as if someone was physically explaining things to me, rather than me having to read and figure things out for myself, which was kinda comforting, in its own way. If I don't understand something, I'd much rather have someone tell me what the answer is (or at least point me in the right direction) than have to read about it. And that goes hand-in-hand with music. I recently tried to learn all of the US State capitals (for no real reason apart from to give me something to do). When I was just looking them up on Wikipedia, nothing was really going in; when I listened to the Animaniacs song listing them all, they all came in instantly, and you can test me on them, if you want! :P So music and speech are a big thing with me and learning.

November 30th, 2012, 10:09 AM
I'm very big into visual and social learning. I have a photographic memory and I remember conversations really well, so there you go.

November 30th, 2012, 11:17 AM
Suppose I should answer my own topic finally!

I am visual and physical. I learn a lot better by looking at pictures from (for example) a cookbook, or figures in an instructional booklet. I tend to ignore the words that explain *how* to do it, but rather tend to follow the picture figures a lot better. Without pictures, I'll end up confused and tend to ask "can you explain that better please?"

Physical-wise, I've been a physical learner for as long as I can remember. I can literally grasp other people doing things like doing cartwheels, or fixing a car...and later on I find myself doing the same thing and doing them pretty well. My mom says that I tend to have very good memory when it comes to learning, because I'm good at taking pictures of things in my mind and reuse them to learn them myself. So if any of you do some trick, or dance...chances are I might learn it quickly. :P

November 30th, 2012, 2:33 PM
Verbal (linguistic): You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.

Although I may come off as stupid on the internet, I happen to be quite good at writing essays and whatever, simply because I love writing and I love putting myself into my writing. Not so much of myself that I fail the assignment, but enough to give it flair. Same goes for verbal things; I happen to be great at giving speeches, not to toot my own horn (but I'm doing it anyway), because I love giving them. I like the attention, lol. Using plenty of hand actions and peppy words, always bordering on the edge of sarcasm is how I roll, unless I'm giving a speech on something serious. Of course, I haven't had to really test myself on this stuff in a year due to me not being in any form of college or what not, but my job relies on me being a very verbal person, so I think that my style of learning is still present in my life.

November 30th, 2012, 3:40 PM
A combination of verbal and logical. I tend to find the writing to be an effective method. And I utilize logic most of the time to fix a problem I know nothing about.