Every person in the world is different and unique unto themselves and of course, that uniqueness includes how each person learns best. In general, there are five basic learning styles, they are visual, aural, physical, logical and verbal. Basically, visual learners learn best by seeing; aural learners by hearing (as in learning through music and sound); physical learners just have to get out and do it for themselves; logical learners learn best by use of organizational tools such as outlines; and, verbal learners learn by hearing and repeating or they might talk their way through a learning task. Of course, depending on what you are learning, these various learning styles cross over – for example, verbal and aural learning go hand in hand while logical and visual learning tend to go together as well. The fact is that we use combinations of learning styles to learn anything and, no one style or combination of styles is right or wrong. Let’s look at some examples.
Say you need to learn English so that you can travel the world. English lessons by Skype provide a broad learning structure that can be adapted to fit all learning styles. The primary tools on Skype are verbal and visual since it is a video chat platform but, your tutor can also give you assignments that work well for all of the other learning styles too – she can email an outline to you for you to follow if you are a logical learner or she can have you do a writing exercise if you need a more hands-on approach. If you are a verbal learner, you and your tutor can have sessions in which she says something and you repeat it back until your pronunciation and usage are acceptable. The aural learning style comes in handy too when you are learning a language like English. Take the Alphabet Song or the phrase “i before e, except after c” – these are both examples of how music and rhythm teach the rules of the English language.
Maybe you are trying to learn something that is more physical in nature, something like how to change the oil in your car. For this sort of subject, the best approach is usually a combination of the visual, physical, and logical learning styles. Visual learning comes in if you watch someone do it first or they show you where the right parts are. Logical aids in this instance would include diagrams and step-by-step guides of some kind while the physical learning style comes in to play when you are actually doing the oil change. These same learning styles work well for learning things like crochet as well.
The point here is that everything we learn is taught by a combination of the five basic learning styles – visual, aural, physical, logical, and verbal. If you think about it, you are bound to come up with other examples that can relate to this rule.
These days we can see many interesting ways to learn that can be facilitated by internet apps such as Duo Lingo. Duo Lingo allows users to learn a language for free. Using these 5 basic learning styles, Duo Lingo has cornered the market in free language learning. When you embark on learning a language with this sort of software they rely heavily on using visual prompts to help you remember a language. You also get to hear the sounds of the words which further helps to make the language memorable.
If you do not like the idea of learning English from a machine or app, then the next best thing could be to take an English course by Skype with a native teacher. This way you have the advantages of using software from the convenience of home, but still learning with a real person – providing the best of both worlds.