There was a potentially terrifying announcement last week.  Scientists in China have cloned a primate, to be specific, a rhesus monkey.  Why do I call that terrifying? Because the logical next step is to clone a human being.  Yes, I know that it may create undreamt of medical possibilities, but it also could remove from the human race, our biggest asset, our individuality.

Every human being is different.  That seems an incredibly obvious statement, but it affects almost everything we do – especially learning.

How do you learn?  It is a very important factor and something we really need to know, because once we realise how best we, as individuals, learn, then we can do it more efficiently and effectively.

There are a number of different learning styles, and, in some individuals, the learning styles combine or may evolve over time.

Seven classifications are listed below.  If I were to classify myself today, I would say that I learn best using a Verbal/visual/logical/solitary approach.

By that I mean I tend, as a first step, to read up on a subject, listen to lectures and then discuss what I have learnt.  Next, I examine charts, maps, photographs etc., organising them into what seems to me a logical structure, maybe of time, size, complexity etc. Finally, I prefer to work individually, pacing myself rather in a group.

The first step in the learning process is to decide where you or your child fits.

Always remember that learning is an aspect of personality that evolves over time, as our characters do.  If you are the parent of a young student, trying to work out how to encourage them to learn, it is a good thing to observe them before coming to a decision. Do they prefer to draw (visual)?  Are they a lego builder or model maker (kinaesthetic)? Are words their main approach(verbal)?  Do they make up songs or rhymes to remember things (aural)?  The important thing to remember is that they will not necessarily learn in the same way as you do, so offer them alternatives which they can choose from.

Deciding the best combination of learning approaches is, for many students, the first step towards taking responsibility for their own future.  I will offer some suggestions for study techniques in later blogs, but you have first to decide what is the most time-efficient and effective way of learning to take because that will help you push up your grades and make you feel in control of what is happening to you and your future.

Right!  Begin now  –   in every class,  think about the approaches being used. How can you make them more effective when you are working, whether in class or at home.  Make notes to remind yourself.  Do it for a week and then take stock.

Learning styles

Visual (spatial):You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.

Aural (auditory-musical): You prefer using sound and music It is important here to realise that the music should not just be ‘background’ but make a positive contribution to learning..

Verbal (linguistic): You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.

Physical (kinesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.

Logical (mathematical): You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.

Social (interpersonal): You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.

Solitary (intrapersonal): You prefer to work alone and use self-study.


If you are a  parent of  a young child, Why is that important to us in everyday life?