The 4 Learning Styles and How to Effectively Work with Each Learner

The 4 Learning Styles and How to Effectively Work with Each Learner

Not everyone absorbs information the same way. Some people rely on visuals, some prefer to learn by listening, others need a form of touch and some require a combination of sensory stimulation. With four different styles of learning, it can be challenging for management to make sure they help their employees appropriately. By understanding the different learning styles and how your employees prefer to learn, you will be better equip to help your employees learn in the workplace.

Four Learning Styles

Visual – Nonverbal
This type of learner does best with pictures. Whether that’s a diagram or chart, they learn by seeing. They typically do best when in a quiet environment where they can study and decipher the information. To help this kind of learner succeed, be sure to provide them with plenty of visual information for the task at hand. Anything involving charts, graphs, maps, flow charts, or webs are perfect for this learner.

Visual – Verbal
This learning styles, like the visual/nonverbal learner, does best with information in the form of charts or graphs. However, they also succeed when written or verbal material is accompanying the visual aid. Whether this is a spoken presentation or an outline that goes along with visual material, this learner is able to succeed in most environments.

Unlike the visual learners we have discussed, the auditory learner does best with verbal directions. They learn by both listening and talking through their problems. These learners will often ask you to “tell me” or “talk it over” in order to better understand the task at hand. Because they do best by listening, they also excel at writing responses, reports, and blogs. However, being an auditory learner can also cause distractions. Often listening to music or having white noise allows them to concentrate and better handle the task at hand.

This learner is unique in that they best learn from touching or doing. For some professions, this can prove to be difficult. They tend to do best with hands-on tasks where they aren’t limited to one area. Being able to walk around or physically touch their task can help them produce the best results. They tend to write down their tasks using different colors or sizes in order to prioritize their work. This type of learner is a small part of the population so you may or may not have experience working with someone like this.

With so many learning styles it’s easy to see that a company must adjust to accommodate everyone. Whether it’s seeing, hearing, or doing, there are many kinds of learners that you will encounter. Adjusting your management style for each individual may seem like hassle, but it will produce better results.