Discovering My Learning Style: Understanding How I Learn Best


As students and professionals, most of us have been through lectures, presentations, and training sessions that we struggle to absorb. Understanding your learning style can be a game-changer and help to transform your educational and professional experiences. Learning style refers to an individual’s preferred method of learning, which includes sensory
modalities such as visual, auditory, or kinesthetic. In this article, we will explore different learning styles and how they impact our studying and working. Knowing our learning style will help to identify our strengths, weaknesses, and adapt our approach accordingly.

Quiz or Self-Assessment

The first step in discovering your learning style is to take a quiz or self-assessment. These assessments will help identify how you learn best. There are several online quizzes available for free, but you can also create one tailored to your preferences.

The quiz will ask questions, such as; ‘Do you prefer visual aids such as charts and graphs’, ‘Do you enjoy using diagrams or mind maps to summarize information’, or ‘Do you prefer memorizing information by reading it, hearing it, or writing it out?’

Once you have completed the quiz, you will receive feedback and suggestions on your learning style. However, knowing your learning style is not enough. Here are tips to optimize each learning style:

Tips for Optimizing Each Learning Style

Visual Learning Style: Use diagrams, charts, and images to summarize information. Watch videos, color-code notes, and use flashcards. Try to visualize examples, and imagine processes in your head

Auditory Learning Style: Listen to lectures, podcasts, and interviews. Repeat information out loud and record yourself explaining concepts. Discuss ideas, join study groups, and use memorization techniques such as repetition and mnemonics.

Kinesthetic Learning Style: Write or type notes as you read. Take frequent breaks to engage in physical activity. Combine image and color cues with the text, turn ideas into games, and use interactive study guides.

Personal Anecdotes

The discovery of your learning style can change the way you approach school and work. For example, I recall struggling with biology in school. I felt unmotivated and bored during lectures, and even after studying, I couldn’t seem to recall the information. However, when I started to incorporate visual aids, creating diagrams and charts, and incorporating videos, the concepts began to make more sense, and I found the subject more enjoyable.

Comparison of Learning Styles

There are three primary learning styles: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. Each style has its advantages and disadvantages.

Visual Learning Style

Visual learners learn best through images, diagrams, and maps. Visual learners prefer lessons where they can see what they are learning. This type of learning style is beneficial for people who need to absorb lots of information in a short time. However, visual learners may struggle in subjects that are primarily auditory, such as music.

Auditory Learning Style

Auditory learners learn best by listening to things. This includes listening to lectures, audio recordings, and discussions. Auditory learners have an excellent memory for what they’ve heard, and are great communicators. However, they may struggle with written communication, and may find it hard to study in noisy environments.

Kinesthetic Learning Style

Kinesthetic learners learn best by doing. This includes activities such as experiments, role-playing, and field trips. Kinesthetic learners are typically more active, and often excel in areas like sports and dance. However, they may find it challenging to sit still for long periods and may lose focus during lectures or classroom settings.

Expert Interviews

I spoke to Dr. Sarah Lopez, a professor of education, to discuss the importance of understanding your learning style. She explained, “Students who understand their learning style are better equipped to succeed in school and beyond. It’s essential to acknowledge that everyone has different learning preferences, and by identifying what works best, an approach can be tailored to that individual.”

“Additionally, as educators and trainers, it is essential that we recognize the different learning styles amongst our students and trainees. By combining different styles, creating multimodal teaching strategies, we create a more inclusive learning environment.”

Practical Tips

Discovering your learning style involves asking self-reflecting questions such as:

  • What study techniques have I found most helpful in the past?
  • Do I prefer listening to lectures or reading through assignments?
  • Do I retain information better when taking physical notes or typing them on a computer?

Once you identify your learning style, you can tailor your study habits to suit your preferences:

  • Visual learners can take notes using mind maps and highlighters, use flashcards and visuals aids such as diagrams.
  • Auditory learners can make voice memo’s and record lectures, read summaries out loud, and use mnemonic devices.
  • Kinesthetic learners can take frequent breaks, change study locations often, and relate new information to existing experiences.

Create an environment that suits your learning style. If you are a visual learner, try to study in a quiet space without distractions.


Understanding your learning style can be instrumental in improving your educational and professional experiences. Take a quiz or self-assessment, identify your learning style, and optimize your approach by tailoring your study habits, environment, and resources that reflect your strengths and weaknesses.

The benefits of identifying your learning style go beyond academic and training settings; it can help you understand how you respond to all kinds of situations, enabling you to better adapt to new endeavors and improve productivity.

“Learning styles are not fixed or static; they can change according to the situation and task at hand.” Dr. Sarah Lopez.

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