Do you know your learning style? How can knowing your academic learning style help you succeed? Would you like to reduce stress by improving the way you study and learn? As it’s back to school for many children, let’s clear some clutter by discovering our learning style.

I’ll share a second blog on learning styles on September 6th.


I wish I would have known this as a child. I’m pretty much a visual learner, especially as I have hearing loss in both ears.  I now understand why I didn’t like to sit in the back of the class; I needed to be able to see the chalkboard (yes, I’m old!).

Knowing your learning style is a great tool whether you are a student in school, taking a course for self-improvement or giving a presentation. You are unique and no one learns exactly as another. There is no right or wrong way to learn.  Try to view your learning styles not as a limiting you, but expanding your awareness.  Some benefits to knowing how you learn:

  • Enables you to succeed in school.
  • Reduces stress and frustration of learning.
  • Expands your strategies how to learn.
  • Increases self-confidence. If you are doing better, you’ll feel better.
  • Allows you to take advantage of your natural skills and abilities; and
  • Gives you insight to strengths and weaknesses.

When everyone is learning at their best, we all win!

Most of us have a preferred learning, but some learn in all three modes equally.  Here are some ways that you can support school success for your children.



People who are visual learners respond well to pictures, written words, demonstrations.  They tend to think in pictures and learn best from visual displays: diagrams, illustrations, videos, flipcharts, and handouts.  Visual learners tend to take detailed notes and be good readers.

Some ways to help a visual learner include:

  • Being able to see the teacher’s body language/facial expression;
  • Avoid visual obstructions;
  • Closing eyes to visualize and remember; and
  • Using color

The do best in passive surroundings free from distraction. 

I’ve been colorcoding for a long time and now I understand why. To this day, I don’t do well in interviews where I can’t see the person. I wonder if I would have done better with languages if I had been taught with pictures and more visual ways.

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Do You Learn Best by Hearing?
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People learn this way through listening and talking. If you’re an auditory learner, you’d probably enjoy podcasts. Be sure to check out Clear Your Clutter Inside & Out.

Auditory learns like to:

  • Participate and hear lectures, as well as take part in discussions. They learn by talking things through and listening.
  • These learners are able to Interpret underlying meanings of speech: tone of voice, pitch, speed, etc.

Written information has little meaning until spoken and heard for an auditory learner. They prefer talking to writing when describing something.  These learners also tend to hum or talk to themselves/others when bored.

Tips to enhance an auditory learning style:

  • Read text aloud and record. Verbalizing lessons helps you remember.
  • Sit where you can hear the best.
  • Make a phone call rather than write an email.
  • Have as little noise as possible so you don’t become distracted.

Are you a visual learner? How about an auditory learner? Or a combination of both? What strategies will you work with your children for their school success?


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