Please read the first part of my blog from September 2nd where I share tips for visual and auditory learners to clear academic clutter and achieve school success. In today’s blog, I’ll talk about achieving success with learning styles and other ways that people best learn.

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Tactile Learning Style for Academic Success
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People learn by Moving, doing, touching.  They speak with hands & gestures.  They like to be Hands on, actively exploring physical.  They have

trouble sitting still long periods when young and often distracted by need for activity.  They can remember what was done but difficulty remembering what was said or seen.  They tend to Find reasons to tinker / move when they are bored and are Uncomfortable where they lack hands-on experiences.

They benefit from Physical encouragement, a pat on the back.


  • Moving around and being active while reciting helps memorize more easily.
  • Be active & take frequent breaks
  • Activities like cooking help perceive & learn
  • Take field trips and do tasks that involve manipulating materials; and
  • Sit where easily get up & move around

Other Ways of Learning

In addition to these three main learning styles, the theory of multiple intelligences was developed in 1983 by Dr. Howard Gardner, professor of education at Harvard University. Someone shared with me the theory on learning by Dr. Gardner years ago. I absolutely love this because I feel it includes all of us and honors that we learn differently.  

Dr. Gardner proposes eight different intelligences to account for a broader range of human potential in children and adults. These intelligences are:

  • Linguistic intelligence (“word smart”) so teaching with words; reading about a subject.
  • Logical-mathematical intelligence (“number/reasoning smart”) using numbers or logic such as studying formulas;
  • Spatial intelligence (“picture smart”) using pictures
  • Bodily-Kinesthetic intelligence (“body smart”) examine a graphic chart that illustrates a principle
  • Musical intelligence (“music smart”) write a song or find a song that demonstrates the principle
  • Interpersonal intelligence (“people smart”) observe the law in the human world. Examine law in terms of own body physical experience. Social experience
  • Intrapersonal intelligence (“self smart”) self reflection
  • Naturalist intelligence (“nature smart”) observe the law in the natural world.

I encourage you to do more exploration in the Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic areas as well as Dr. Gardner’s theories. The more you know about how you best learn, the easier it will be for you to find success for yourself and when supporting others.


Take away from the two blogs on how we learn:

  • Knowing your learning style is a great tool; No one learns the same way and there is no right or wrong way to learn.
  • Most of us have a preferred learning, but some learn in all three modes visual, auditory and kinesthetic equally
  • Dr. Howard Gardner developed the theory of multiple intelligence and goes into even more depth in ways people learn.

What way do you learn best? How do you feel about Dr. Gardner’s theory? Which intelligence do you have?

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