Study smarter not harder: Learning styles & why every student should know them

UNI LIFE Feb 22, 2017 17 Comments

Study smarter not harder: The power of learning styles & why every student should know them

This post was originally published on Nov 9, 2016. 

You get what you work for. – Anonymous

I love studying and I love exploring myself. So, when I found out I can improve my study process with something called “learning styles”, I had to take this test.

We all have different ways how to take amazing notes, how to write A++ essay or how to study effectively. But studying may be also influenced by our learning styles and how we use them in our studying process.

What is the learning style?

Well, basically, it’s a style that we use as students for studying, absorbing and process new info. So, for example, if we had built a brick tower, some of us would have understood it only by following instructions that have been given to us by a teacher. But the other half would have use manual with pictures.

As you see, a kind of learning style also depends on our personality and we all study in different ways. On the other hand, we have a mix of these learning styles but we can prefer (or we have) one dominant learning style that goes along with other styles.

The Power of Learning Styles & Why Every Student Should Know Them


There are seven learning styles

As I said, we don’t belong to only one learning style but we can actually use all of them but there could be one dominant. According to sources somebody distinguishes only three or four learning styles but mostly there are seven of these styles and maybe you belong into one of the following:

  1. Aural (Auditory-musical): You process information by sounds, music or rhythm.
  2. Logical (Mathematical): You probably prefer using logic and ‘systems’ to understanding the concept of the problem. If you are this type, you have an ability to think in bigger pictures.
  3. Physical (Kinesthetic): Your body is the instrument, which means that you use physical objects for understanding and soluting problems.
  4. Social (Interpersonal): You love working in groups with other people. Actually, working with others is your big ‘life’ goal.
  5. Solitary (Intrapersonal): It’s the opposite of social style. You’d prefer to work on your own and use so-called self-study.
  6. Verbal (Linguistic): You’re going to be good in using words, both in speech and writing. When you study you probably read the whole book aloud
  7. Visual (Spatial): When you study you usually use pictures, images, and mind maps, too.
Why it’s good to know that?

By understanding which one of these styles dominate in your study process, you can easily use techniques that suited to you well. But of course, we can mix the styles together because we can use more than one.

How to find which one is your?

There are a lot of tests that can help you find your learning style. I personally recommend you to try one test here on Education Planner. You will fill out the test and a result will be sent to you on email with other recommendations and techniques.

Or you can try it on where you can only check which statements define your study process and then you get a result.

so, what is your learning style?

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  1. Nellwyn

    I’m definitely a visual/kinesthetic learner. Whenever I’m trying to explain something I feel compelled to draw a picture or diagram in order to be able to explain myself fully. I also listen better when I’m doing something with my hands like doodling on scrap paper.

    • Lucie

      I think this was me, too. This type is quite interesting and in many cases it may look quite funny. 🙂 Thank you for stopping by, Nellwyn.

    • Lucie

      Thank you, Isabel. 🙂 I am glad you like it.

  2. Knowing your own learning style is important to blitz through your time at school / uni but developing the ability to understand the learning style of others is even more important for when you get to work with clients. If you have to present your ideas you can choose the best format for your audience and you will be understood straight away. 🙂

    • Lucie

      That’s right, Christina. When I was on my professional training in primary school, I noticed that the teacher had to know learning styles from other pupils in the class. So, you are definitely right. 🙂

  3. Rachel

    Interesting! I so wish I was a visual learner with a photographic memory!

    • Lucie

      Haha, that is a really good combination, Rachel! 🙂 Thank you for stopping by.

  4. this was a really great post. thanks for sharing! I remember doing something a little similiar in school except there were only three options and i was a visual learner. it’s completely true as i know mind maps are my best revision tools! Knowing the best way to study is so beneficial

    • Lucie

      I am glad you like it, Eloise (how pretty name 🙂 ) Anyway, originally there are three learning styles and they have some sort of subcategories which are these seven I named. Thank you for your visit.

  5. Göze

    I think I’m a visual, solitary and a verbal learner. I love teaching myself. My class is always talking about stupid things of studying. They are like they’re always studying and they’re always complaining about how strict the teachers, I don’t want to study anymore….. then exam week has left. We see our scores. I’ve never care about the other classmates of mine I just focused on “learning ” then these students got 50, 75 etc. And my lowest grade is 86 right now and I’m learning as you wrote. I’m not mocking them or something. I mean you’re right and this article is totally true! Thank you for this article ^-^ ^-^ ^-^ ^-^

    • Lucie

      Firstly, thank you, Göze, for sharing your opinion. I think that you’re right, you should not care about other students, just about you. 😉 However, I have to agree with you what some kinds of students always say… How hard the subject is and someone. So, just let them do what they want. 😉

  6. Olivia

    How To Study Smarter Not Longer
    • Do not miss a class. ‘A’ students never miss a class
    • Review your notes quickly and often
    • Organize your notes visually
    • Plan ahead
    • Explain things to others
    • Get together with a study group
    • Stay positive
    • Trust your instincts
    • Read more at:

  7. Alissa

    I’m a little bit of all of these but more on visual. I have to see something while jotting down notes though as it tends to be very helpful for me. SOmetimes listening alone can help me learn as well depending on how interested I am on the topic.

    • Lucie

      Completely understand, Alissa. I think I have the same issue haha. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Gunveen

    Loved the post about study and learning styles.. And I even loved other posts about lifestyle and organising.. I’m a great fan of organising and reading organising tips.. But I can never do that in irl.. But thanks for writing these wonderful posts to inspire me.. Maybe I become a better organiser tomorrow when I wake up. Lol. I wish🙆🏻👑✨


    • Lucie

      Hey Gunveen, thank you so much for your nice comment! Also, thanks for stopping by.

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