Learning Styles &
Multiple Intelligence

Learning Styles Explained -

What are learning styles?  Types of learning styles


Multiple Intelligences Explained

What is Multiple Intelligence?   Types of multiple Intelligence



Interactive Multiple Intelligence Test

What is your dominant Intelligence?


Interactive Learning Styles Test -

What is your learning style?


Making Your Learning
Style Work for You...

Practical tips on how to use your learning styles to help you learn



Learning Styles/MI Links

Web Pages



Learning Styles Explained

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What are learning Styles?

What are the types of learning styles?

Visual Learners

Auditory Learners

Kinesthetic Learners

What are learning styles?

Learning styles are simply different approaches or ways of learning.

What are the types of learning styles?

bluebullet.gif (326 bytes) Visual Learners:

learn through seeing...  Visual Learners eyes                   .

These learners need to see the teacher's body language and facial expression to fully understand the content of a lesson. They tend to prefer sitting at the front of the classroom to avoid visual obstructions (e.g. people's heads). They may think in pictures and learn best from visual displays including: diagrams, illustrated text books, overhead transparencies, videos, flipcharts and hand-outs.  During a lecture or classroom discussion, visual learners often prefer to take detailed notes to absorb the information.

bluebullet.gif (326 bytes) Auditory Learners:

learn through listening... Auditory Learners ears

They learn best through verbal lectures, discussions, talking things through and listening to what others have to say. Auditory learners interpret the underlying meanings of speech through listening to tone of voice, pitch, speed and other nuances. Written information may have little meaning until it is heard. These learners often benefit from reading text aloud and using a tape recorder.

bluebullet.gif (326 bytes) Tactile/Kinesthetic Learners:

learn through , moving, doing and touching... Tactile/Kinesthic - Hand   

Tactile/Kinesthetic persons learn best through a hands-on approach, actively exploring the physical world around them. They may find it hard to sit still for long periods and may become distracted by their need for activity and exploration.

Multiple Intelligence Explained

What is Multiple Intelligence?

What are the types of Multiple Intelligence?

Verbal/Spatial Intelligence

Verbal/Linguistic Intelligence

Logical/Mathematical Intelligence

Bodily/Kinesthetic Intelligence

Musical/Rhythmic Intelligence

Interpersonal Intelligence

Intrapersonal Intelligence

What is Multiple Intelligence?

Conceived by Howard Gardner, Multiple Intelligences are seven different ways to demonstrate intellectual ability.

What are the types of Multiple Intelligence?

bluebullet.gif (326 bytes) Verbal/Spatial Intelligence

ability to perceive the visual. These learners tend to think in pictures and need to create vivid mental images to retain information. They enjoy looking at maps, charts, pictures, videos, and movies.

Their skills include:

puzzle building, reading, writing, understanding charts and graphs, a good sense of direction, sketching, painting, creating visual metaphors and analogies (perhaps through the visual arts), manipulating images, constructing, fixing, designing practical objects, interpreting visual images.

Possible career interests:

navigators, sculptors, visual artists, inventors, architects, interior designers, mechanics, engineers

bluebullet.gif (326 bytes) Verbal/Linguistic Intelligence

ability to use words and language. These learners have highly developed auditory skills and are generally elegant speakers. They think in words rather than pictures.

Their skills include:

listening, speaking, writing, story telling, explaining, teaching, using humor, understanding the syntax and meaning of words, remembering information, convincing someone of their point of view, analyzing language usage.

Possible career interests:

Poet, journalist, writer, teacher, lawyer, politician, translator

bluebullet.gif (326 bytes) Logical/Mathematical Intelligence

ability to use reason, logic and numbers. These learners think conceptually in logical and numerical patterns making connections between pieces of information. Always curious about the world around them, these learner ask lots of questions and like to do experiments.

Their skills include:

problem solving, classifying and categorizing information, working with abstract concepts to figure out the relationship of each to the other, handling long chains of reason to make local progressions, doing controlled experiments, questioning and wondering about natural events, performing complex mathematical calculations, working with geometric shapes

Possible career paths:

Scientists, engineers, computer programmers, researchers, accountants, mathematicians

bluebullet.gif (326 bytes)  Bodily/Kinesthetic Intelligence

ability to control body movements and handle objects skillfully. These learners express themselves through movement. They have a good sense of balance and eye-hand co-ordination. (e.g. ball play, balancing beams). Through interacting with the space around them, they are able to remember and process information.

Their skills include:

dancing, physical co-ordination, sports, hands on experimentation, using body language, crafts, acting, miming, using their hands to create or build, expressing emotions through the body

Possible career paths:

Athletes, physical education teachers, dancers, actors, firefighters, artisans

bluebullet.gif (326 bytes) Musical/Rhythmic Intelligence

ability to produce and appreciate music. These musically inclined learners think in sounds, rhythms and patterns. They immediately respond to music either appreciating or criticizing what they hear. Many of these learners are extremely sensitive to environmental sounds (e.g. crickets, bells, dripping taps).

Their skills include:

singing, whistling, playing musical instruments, recognizing tonal patterns, composing music, remembering melodies, understanding the structure and rhythm of music

Possible career paths:

musician, disc jockey, singer, composer

bluebullet.gif (326 bytes) Interpersonal Intelligence

ability to relate and understand others. These learners try to see things from other people's point of view in order to understand how they think and feel. They often have an uncanny ability to sense feelings, intentions and motivations. They are great organizers, although they sometimes resort to manipulation. Generally they try to maintain peace in group settings and encourage co-operation.They use both verbal (e.g. speaking) and non-verbal language (e.g. eye contact, body language)  to open communication channels with others.

Their skills include:

seeing things from other perspectives (dual-perspective), listening, using empathy, understanding other people's moods and feelings, counseling, co-operating with groups, noticing people's moods, motivations and intentions, communicating both verbally and non-verbally, building trust, peaceful conflict resolution, establishing positive relations with other people.

Possible Career Paths:

Counselor, salesperson, politician, business person

bluebullet.gif (326 bytes) Intrapersonal Intelligence

ability to self-reflect and be aware of one's inner state of being. These learners try to understand their inner feelings, dreams, relationships with others, and strengths and weaknesses.

Their Skills include:

Recognizing their own strengths and weaknesses, reflecting and analyzing themselves, awareness of their inner feelings, desires and dreams, evaluating their thinking patterns, reasoning with themselves, understanding their role in relationship to others

Possible Career Paths:

Researchers, theorists, philosophers

Interactive Learning Styles Test

Everybody has a preferred learning style. Knowing and understanding our learning style helps us to learn more effectively. This is particularly true for LD/AD(H)D people because of their different ways of learning. Through identifying your learning style, you will be able to capitalize on your strengths and improve your self-advocacy skills.

Here is a way to help you get started:

Place a check in all the boxes that describe you. The list with the greatest number of checks is your dominant learning style.

List 1  - Tactile/Kinesthetic learning style

1.    reaches out to touch things

2.    collects things

3.    Talks fast using hands to communicate what they want to say

4.    constantly fidgeting (e.g. tapping pen, playing with keys in pocket)

5.    good at sports

6.    takes things apart, puts things together

7.    prefers to stand while working

8.    likes to have music in the background while working

9.    enjoys working with hands and making things

10.  likes to chew gum or eat in class

11.  learns through movement and exploring the environment around them

12.   may be considered hyperactive

13.  good at finding their way around

14. comfortable touching others as a show of friendship (e.g. hugging)

15. prefers to do things rather than watching a demonstration or reading about it in a book

List 2 - Visual learning style

1.   asks for verbal instructions to be repeated

2.   watches speakers' facial expressions and body language

3.   likes to take notes to review later

4.   remembers best by writing things down several times or drawing pictures and diagrams

5.   good speller

6.   turns the radio or T.V up really loud

7.   gets lost with verbal directions

8.   Prefers information to be presented visually, (e.g. flipcharts or chalk board)

9.   skillful at making graphs, charts, and other visual displays

10. can understand and follow directions on maps

11. feels the best way to to remember something is to picture it in their head

12. follows written instructions better than oral ones

13. good at solving jigsaw puzzles

14. gets the words to a song wrong

15. good at the visual arts

List 3 - Auditory Learning style

1.   follows oral directions better than verbal ones

2.   would rather listen to a lecture than read the material in a textbook

3.   understands better when reads aloud

4.   struggles to keep notebooks neat

5.   prefers to listen to the radio than to read a newspaper

6.   frequently sings, hums or whistles to themselves.

7.   dislikes reading from a computer screen especially when the backgrounds are fussy

8.   When presented with two similar sounds, can tell if sounds are the same or          different

9.   requires explanations of diagrams, graphs, or maps

10. enjoys talking to others

11. talks to self

12. uses musical jingles to learn things

13. would rather listen to music than view a piece of art work

14. uses finger as a pointer when reading

15. likes to tell jokes, stories and makes verbal analogies to demonstrate a point


Making your Learning Style Work for You

To help you cope with your learning disabilities and ADD, it is important to identify your learning style. Once you have figured out the way you learn, you will need to use specific strategies to fit into your way of learning.  For example,  if you are a visual learner, you could use a highlighter when reading a text book. The bright colour would appeal to your artistic sense and help you concentrate on the reading.

Here are some more practical suggestions pertaining to each learning style:

Visual Learners:

Auditory Learners:

Tactile/Kinesthetic Learners

Learning Styles/MI Links

Web Links

Learning to Learn

Learning to Learn - Seven Styles of Learning (MI)

Learning to Learn - Multiple Intelligence Inventory

Learning to Learn - Thinking Styles Inventory

Learning to Learn - Teaching to learning styles (ie. ADAPTING INSTRUCTION)

Learning to Learn - Teaching Styles Inventory

Learning Styles Inventory

Multiple Intelligence Eight Kinds of Smart

Multiple Intelligence Theory - definition, characteristics and behaviors, identifying MI in your student, implications for teachers and students, classroom strategies

Multiple Intelligence Key

The Education Place - Learning styles

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