Simple ways to identify preferred learning styles

Updated: Jul 7, 2020

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Follow the below link to listen to the brief discussion that we had on the "Mind Matters" show on Radio Todays "Miller Time Sunday Breakfast show.

We all know and accept that each person has a unique way of making sense of information and that there are different ways in which we learn. For most of us that's a concept we identify but find ourselves in the dark when it comes to identifying which learning styles apply to us or those around us.

This week on the miller time show we touched on some ways to identify learning styles and so I've put this blog together to outline some easy ways to pick up on what learning styles we, our children or our colleagues are most likely to benefit from.

All of us use all of our senses to experience and make sense of life and the information that we receive. These sense are commonly referred to as:


  • Visual (Sight)

  • Auditory (Sound)

  • Kinaesthetic (Internal and external feelings and sensations and actions )

  • Olfactory (Smell)

  • Gustatory (Taste)

When it comes to learning and how we process and make sense of new information, so that we can better understand, retain and recall it, the three primary sense that come into play are:

Visual / Auditory / and Kinaesthetic.

By all means we can explore ways to enrich learning experiences with smell and taste too. The more enjoyable and fun, we make our learning experiences, the better!

It is important to know that we do use ALL our senses so we should incorporate activities that engage as many of our senses as possible but it is helpful to know what our preferred learning or processing styles are. I could go into a lot more detail around "lead modalities" vs "preferred modalities" and "contextual specificity" but my aim with this article is to offer simple tell tale signs to help you identify general preferences for learning and making sense of information so that you can communicate, learn and teach more effectively.

We tell each other in the words we use:

Our word speak volumes about how we are processing information, below are some guidelines about what to look out for to get a feel for how one is making sense of information. These are just a few examples to give you an idea of what to listen out for. Im sure as you start to pay attention to the words we use that you will see many more coming to light

We show each other

Aside from our words we demonstrate our preferences for how we make sense of the world around us through our behaviour, habits and actions. Below are some of the ways we might recognise these differences.

I hope that this information is helpful in identifying what learning or processing styles are best suited to your children, your self and your colleagues. Next week we'll continue the conversation and share some ideas and effective ways to communicate, teach and learn according to these preferences.

If you are interested in attending the an online workshop that outlines various ways to teach and communicate more effectively with people according to these preferred learning and processing modalities or if you have questions you are very welcome to e-mail me:

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