Three Learning Styles

Last Updated on April 9, 2024.

There are three main learning styles: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.

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It’s good to know your learning style because you can be more effective in choosing your learning techniques.

If you are a visual learner, you will benefit most if you are exposed to videos, posters, slides, and pictures.

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Visual learners remember information easier if it is presented visually rather than if that information is presented in a verbal way.

Typically, visual learners benefit from these techniques:

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  • Use differently colored pens and/or highlighters to color-code various concepts.
  • Circle and/or underline important words/phrases.
  • Draw diagrams and charts.
  • Write key concepts on post-it notes and stick those around you on your computer screen, fridge, or walls.

If you are an auditory learner, you will remember the things that you heard. If you hear the information, you will be able to remember it much easier than if you would read that same material.

Typically, auditory learners benefit from the following techniques:

  • Rather than reading the lessons from a book, listening to the recorded text will be more effective.
  • Ask people around you to ‘hear’ the way you understand a topic.
  • What also helps is reading aloud your summarized notes. Get used to recording yourself and listening to your own voice.

If you are a kinesthetic (tactile) learner, you will remember things you’ve experienced while using all your senses, such as touch, hearing, sight, etc.

Typically, kinesthetic learners will benefit from the following techniques:

  • After you’ve watched a video lesson, write down your notes and formulate key concepts.
  • If you write these concepts out, you will be able to remember these key concepts better.
  • Find real-life examples in the text, and you should put lots of these examples in your summary.
  • Taking a lot of practice tests will definitely help you.

Chances are that your particular learning style has something of the three styles mentioned above.

These three are the main learning styles, but we can also distinguish Verbal Learners, who learn best through using words in writing and speech, Logical Learners, who learn best through using logic, systems, and reasoning, Social Learners, who learn best in groups, and Solitary Learners who learn best all by themselves.

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You may also discover that you’re actually using a different style related to the problem or assignment at hand or that your learning style cannot be categorized as above.

It is key that you’ll learn which learning style will work best for your studying, and please do not feel restricted in any way by the categories listed above.

The GED® exam is pretty time-pressured, which makes it pretty challenging. The GED subtests must be completed in a limited time frame varying from, depending on the testing subject area, 70 to 150 minutes.

Per individual subject test, there are around 35-40 questions, and many GED test-takers feel they could have done far better if they only would have had more time. So, choose a learning style that fits you to deal with the test in a timely manner, and taking GED practice tests is key to proper preparation.

In conclusion, we can say that it is important to know what learning style fits you best. This allows you to be more effective when it comes to selecting the best learning techniques for you. There are basically 3 main learning style categories: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.

Please bear in mind that GED Testing Service recently introduced a new testing option, the GED online test. An online proctor will monitor the process when students will take the GED subtests at home. So, coming to a state-approved GED test center will no longer be required for qualifying students in participating states.