What Kind of Learner Are You?

Learner

Everyone learns differently, and it can take some time to figure out the learning style that works best. As a kid you’d experiment; one minute you’re reading a textbook while blasting music through your headphones, the next minute you’re slipping that book under your pillow because a friend told you osmosis would take care of the work for you.

In November 2014, Ashford University partnered with Buzzfeed to pose this question to its students: “What Kind of Learner Are You?” Respondents were quizzed on everything from how they unwind from stress to their listening habits. Through June 2015, more than 297,000 people had taken the poll, and the results were as diverse as Ashford’s student body.

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Solitary

Respondents who were labeled “solitary learners” – 36 percent in all – need to work in peace and quiet. This crowd prefers to skip out on the study group session because it’s so much easier to focus without any distractions.

Logical

The poll’s results placed 24 percent of learners in this category. This group can tackle problem solving with just the right amount of time and effort. Logical learners are also called “mathematical” because they excel at, what else, math.

Social

The reverse of the solitary crowd, the social learner works best with input from the entire group. Only 13 percent of respondents landed in this category, a significant drop from the number that said they prefer to work alone.

Aural

An even smaller percentage of learners – 8 percent -- fall into this group. Aural, or auditory, learners just need to hear the message for it to sink in. These learners may have mastered their skills by recording themselves reading notes and playing them back while they slept. It obviously worked better than the book-under-the-pillow trick.

Physical

Physical, or kinesthetic, learners need to see things in action. Always curious, they’re the ones you’ll see experimenting in chemistry class or practicing on the track field. For this group, movement equals memory. About 8 percent of respondents fall into this category.

Everyone learns differently, and it can take some time to figure out the learning style that works best. As a kid you’d experiment; one minute you’re reading a textbook while blasting music through your headphones, the next minute you’re slipping that book under your pillow because a friend told you osmosis would take care of the work for you.

To find out what kind of learner you are, take the poll.

Written by Jason R. Latham, Content Manager for Bridgepoint Education

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