Knowing How We Learn To Learn Better

By Sarah Dong,

There are tons of things in life that are very challenging. Learning a new language is one of them. Even our own native language can be hard sometimes, as everyone makes a few mistakes here and there.
So imagine learning a totally foreign language? What a big challenge, isn’t it?
Even though learning something new will always remain a bit difficult, there is actually something that could make it a bit easier, which is knowing how we learn in order to learn better.
We are all different, physically, mentally so there is no wonder that we learn differently too. The biggest problem in schools is that things are taught in the same way to a group of people who are totally different. As schools cannot tailor their lessons for every one of us, they teach students the best way they can. This will suit some of us and others might find it so difficult that they just want to give up…
In order to learn efficiently we need to know how our own body works in terms of learning something new so it is easier to learn something when we try to.
We could therefore differentiate three different types of learners: the visuals, the auditories, and the kinesthetics (who are a mix of visual, auditory, feeling and touching).

It seems that the majority of the population are visuals. They understand better when they could have a visual before them. They have a good memory of the things they see, like pictures, graphs, maps etc… They usually have a tendency to sketch or write what they are explaining. It is clearer for them when they can visualize what they are explaining. Watching videos and pictures can be very useful for those learners.

The auditory learners are the ones who learn very easily by hearing what they need to learn. They have a very good memory and learn new languages quite easily because they remember more of what they hear. For auditory learners, it would be very beneficial to listen to recordings in order to master a language.

The last group of learners are the kinesthetic learners, who counts as the smallest type of learners (around 5% of the population). The kinesthetics learn better when they move their bodies around. They are the type of people whose concentration and learning work best when movements are involved. If you are a kinesthetic learner, you need to practice more with dialogues, to participate and interact with others, since these types of setting allow you to learn the best.

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