Learning Styles

About Learning Styles

What is Your Learning Style?

Discover yours to accelerate your self improvement!

There are three learning styles, basically: visual, auditory and kinesthetic. None of these learning approaches is better than the other. As a matter of fact, we all use a combination of all three styles but tend to favor one over the other two. This is due to our uniqueness as individuals. Our preferred learning style is related to our physiological characteristics, genetics, environment and even other less obvious factors.

However, having one preferred learning style does not mean that we cannot -or should not- learn to develop our less dominant styles. Actually it is advisable to do so to expand our mind’s potential. When you get to know your learning style and work on improving your less dominant ones, you accelerate your learning ability while making it less stressful and more enjoyable.

Actually, you will gain access to more ways to acquire information! Moreover, you will be better prepared to choose the best self improvement tools and techniques for you and the particular situation you want to work on. Once you know your learning style you can better…

  • Develop the correct strategies to learn unlimited information.
  • Compensate for any weakness you may have.
  • Take advantage of your strengths.

Learning styles are just different ways to access and retain information. Lets explore these three categories in more detail.

visual learnerVisual

People that fall into this category use their sight for visual interaction with the material being taught. They show a strong preference for the show me vs. tell me approach.

From looking at the teacher during a lesson and sitting in front of a computer screen to reading books and looking at diagrams, formulas, schemes, plots and tables, all of these activities engage primarily the sense of vision.

The current school system in most countries in the world is based on meeting the needs of visual learners. You  probably relate to this. Most of us learn and retain information best by looking, seeing and through visual interaction.

auditory learnerAuditory

Those within this category learn best through the sense of hearing. Their preferred form of acquiring information is by listening to speeches, discussions and/or lectures.

These people rather listen to the radio than watch TV, and have a vivid imagination. They can also associate music to learning concepts. This is called auditory memory.

These people have a special aptitude to take into account the pitch, speed, intensity, timbre and tone of voice which helps them analyze the meaning that underlies the words. People who fall into this category tend to have good rhythm and enjoy music much more than the average person. These learners prefer CDsaudios and other recording devises and auditory tools to acquire information.

kinesthetic learnerKinesthetic

These individuals learn best by touching and doing, rather than reading and hearing. The hands-on approach allows them to explore the physical world in a more experiential manner.

They are usually very creative with their hands, and tend to engage in construction projects, drawing and other artistic endeavors that involve movement. These students have the hardest time sitting in a classroom. They love the arts and are good dancers!

So which one is your preferred learning style?

The following scenario offers three different approaches to do the job. After reading the task at hand and possible approaches, explore the way(s) in which you would have handled this task. It will give you an idea of your predominant learning style.

Your son, daughter -or any other child in your life- comes from school with a project that needs to be completed in two weeks and asks for your help. The task involves designing and building a bird house with any materials of your choice.

Here are your options…

  1. You drive to the closest hardware store and ask a clerk for suggestions. The clerk tells you what materials you’d need and explains how to build the bird house.
  2. You do a Google search for “bird house design and plans” and explore several sites, then proceed to print the instructions and make a list of things you will need.
  3. You start looking around your house for things that could be used to build the bird house. You start building it by experimenting with a variety of materials by putting together, taking apart or changing things as you go.

bird house

Were you able to identify the three learning styles?

What approach would you have taken?

As stated above, most of us are primarily visual learners so we fall into the 65% of the general population. Thus, the #2 approach is the most common choice for us. If you are an auditory learner you most likely picked approach #1. Auditory learners comprise 25% of the general population. Finally, tactile learners are within the 10% who would have chosen option #3.

Interestingly, the best way to train your mind is by repetition which is best achieved through audition; by hearing the same messages over and over again, either consciously or subconsciously. This is why it is desirable to embrace other learning styles beyond your preferred one, especially when pursuing personal improvement of any kind, and more so if you happen to fall into the more common visual group or in the kinesthetic group.

Subliminal messages can help precisely with this. They are considered a powerful tool to train the subconscious mind, to modify unwanted behavior and/or learn a variety of skills, all by listening.

From whole brain thinking to releasing fear of failure, from achieving self confidence to losing weight, from becoming charismatic to becoming a money magnet and much more, there is no limit to what can be achieved with subliminal messages!

Subliminal CDs are an excellent tool to be added to your self improvement arsenal. You can learn more about subliminal messages here.

However, some people still feel uneasy about receiving subliminal inaudible messages; they rather know what they’re feeding their minds with. For them, there is an excellent alternative that I have actually used successfully myself.

Think Right Now is an accelerated success conditioning tool that is both, easy to listen to and very effective. It helps release unsupported patterns of behavior while installing new supportive patterns for a variety of purposes and goals.

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Self-Help or Self-Growth?

Understanding Personal Development Terminology

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Self-Help, Self-Growth, Self-Improvement, Personal Development… are these terms synonyms? If you have ever wondered about this, you are not alone; this is one of those questions that has no clear and cut answer.

While these terms are inter-related and inter-connected -and even used interchangeably- each refers to a specific area of the overall growth of an individual.

Looking at one’s self entails an honest evaluation of our personal attributes, attitudes, capacities, weaknesses and strengths, among other factors. The way in which a person feels, thinks and acts, stems from his/her understanding of himself/herself.

This is connected to a wide variety of factors –from genetic to environmental- that affect a person’s inward and outward disposition in life.

However, let us acknowledge that despite our individual circumstances and disposition, we all share something in common: Every person has the goal of projecting an image of success (whatever success entails for each one of us) which enables us to significantly contribute to a broader realm of life, outside of ourselves.

Searching for a well-meaning life is what drives a person to reinvent himself/herself in the light of so many personal development strategies. This is not only encouraging but gives purpose and meaning to one’s life. Some choose to self-help themselves to get better in one area. As they do, they experience self-improvement; and when several areas are improved upon, they go through self-growth.

There are several sociological and psychological theories that propel a person into a self-growth path. Yet, directing energies to systematically and substantially improve the self must start from within. Thus, the desire to learn is the #1 element which serves as a catalyst to initiate the self-growth of an individual.

Here is a good head start to help you understand the differences and similarities of these basic terms:

  • Self-help

    This is the act of learning a certain behavior and/or strategy with the intention to acquire a particular trait and/or habit. The purpose is to enhance a particular area of oneself. People who engage in methodologies to help themselves have the courage and will to improve by themselves and without the assistance of their external environment; hence the self part of “self-help.” They are also able to recognize the change within themselves which has an effect in their attitudeself-esteem and self-confidence. In this aspect, self-help happens “within” and you are the judge of your own changes as well as of the degree of such changes.
  • Self-improvement

    This is the aim and the ideal result of any self-help program; i.e. the achievement of a specific goal from a learned technique in a book or training.

    In his way, it springs from the desire to make something better and from having taken action on it. Moreover, your attained improvement can be perceived and noticed by other people; in the world “without.” Self-improvement encompasses the enhancement of oneself in one or more aspects of the self: psychologically, physically, emotionally, socially, mentally, spiritually, and financially – which reflects total well-being.

  • Self-Growth

    This refers to integrating all the life experiences, encompassing all that has been learned and gained, as well as the personal values and attributes of a person in order to achieve a well-rounded life. Spiritual Growth fits under this category as well.
  • Personal Development 

    This is the model that promotes a valuable and larger perspective of a person’s holistic endeavors; thus, you are developing yourself into a more complete individual. From self-help to self-improvement techniques and the evolution that comes from these experiences for self-growth, all incorporate sociological and psychological changes in the “self” and all of this falls under the umbrella of Personal Development.

To better illustrate such defined structure think of it this way: Personal development considers your goals from a comprehensive perspective; meaning that you will develop yourself into the person you want to become by learning either through self-help methodologies or as a part of a group with the intention to self-improve yourself.

Another definition could be: Personal development can be done with or without assistance and it is geared towards achieving self-improvement and overall self-growth.

Some areas of the self can be improved upon with self-help programs; however, some other areas may require the guidance of others, external to the self; i.e. teachers, coaches and mentors which can provide interactions that may be needed and/or important to achieve a more comprehensive self-growth experience. Of course, this depends on the area in which the person is seeking self-improvement and on the person himself/herself.

In general terms, self-help and self-improvement are essentially driven by the self, either going it alone or being guided/assisted by books, online courses and trainings, etc.

On the other hand, personal development tends to consider both, the experiences initiated by the self and the experiences gained from the interactions with others, resulting in a more comprehensive experience for self-growth.

A word of caution: Since empowering oneself relies mainly on a set of norms and principles where one is found to be biased with, some people will find the self-help experience incomplete. Thus, in seeking a more comprehensive self-growth, one must eventually expand the realm of personal development to include learning from and contributing to a community or society.

In other words, the power of the information learned in self-help books will only be valuable to the extent in which the knowledge acquired is shared with others and contributed to society. This is the essence of a well-rounded life.

Here is a real-life example of these terms combined:

Let’s say you want to learn public speaking. You attend an online class or read a book on how to do just that. This step was initiated by your desire to improve upon something, from the self.

This is the self-help aspect of your self-growth. As a result, you give better speeches to your audience. This is the self-improvement area that is noticed by others.

In doing so, you will have enhanced your personal development and as such, you will have added to your self-growth, and to the self-growth of those to whom you have delivered your speech to.

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