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DAVE ANDERSON | 5 MIN READ
Remember when you were in school? You likely had classmates who excelled in different subjects and activities. There was the math genius, the avid reader, the musician, the athlete, the artist, and so on.
Everyone learns in different ways and we tend to get interested in topics that just make sense to us. In fact, researchers have discovered there are eight distinct learning styles humans develop at a young age and continue to use into adulthood.
We’ll take you through each learning style in this article and provide tips for training employees who fall into the various categories.
Also known as linguistic learners, verbal learners process information delivered in written or speech form. They love to read, write, and listen and have a flair for language when they speak. You can spot verbal learners jotting down detailed notes throughout their workday.
Tips for training verbal learners:
Similar to verbal learners, auditory learners enjoy hearing others speak. They have a knack for recalling detailed conversations and stories off the top of their head. Additionally, auditory learners are strong speakers themselves, making them ideal teachers to lead your training sessions.
Tips for training auditory learners
Visual, or spatial learners, absorb information from graphs, diagrams, infographics, and other types of images. While they’re the artsy type, visual learners also prefer words and data be laid out in an aesthetically-pleasing manner. They’re often the one organizing everyone’s thoughts on the whiteboard in planning sessions.
Tips for training visual learners:
Sometimes referred to as mathematical learners, logical learners extract information from data and statistics. But even more than that, they often ask why a concept is important and how it can be applied in the real world. As the name implies, logical learners want to know what the end goal is and the step-by-step plan for how it will be accomplished.
Tips for training logical learners
Social or interpersonal learners gain knowledge by communicating with others. They enjoy getting in a room with their colleagues to discuss a topic or work through a problem. Social learners are also intuitive and have an innate ability to pick up on what others are thinking and feeling.
Tips for training social learners
Contrary to social learners, intrapersonal learners prefer to acquire knowledge on their own terms. They get in the zone when they’re by themselves and free of distractions. While intrapersonal learners tend to be quiet and private, they’re also self-reliant and successful at working independently.
Tips for training intrapersonal learners
Also called kinesthetic learners, physical learners take a hands-on approach. You can show them a process once and they’ll strive to master it through repetition. Physical learners are naturally active people and do their best thinking when they’re moving around or exercising.
Tips for training physical learners
A relative of the physical learner, naturalistic learners also grasp lessons through experience. However, they also think big picture, connecting concepts to everyday life and the world at large. Naturalistic learners come up with their best ideas outside in fresh air.
Tips for training naturalistic learners
While the differences between learning styles are apparent, you likely noticed there is crossover as well. Designing a training program that caters to every individual employee will never work. However, get familiar with the tips we provided and create lessons that support multiple learning styles.
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