What Are Learning Styles?

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Studies show there are several different ways to learn: what type of learner are you? If you've ever attended a class or lecture, listened intently yet left thinking, "Huh?" then you might be a visual learner. Visual learners are the type who need to see a demonstration or example of a concept in order to understand and apply it. Still doesn't sound like you? That's probably because there are dozens, if not more, of different types of learning styles. Ranging in preferences toward individual or group learning, experiential, auditory and more—the unique genetic make-up of our brains makes us the individual learners we are. For example, some people are more prone to understand the complexities of science and math while others are better apt to dissect literature. Has science really proved the brain's one-sided dominance theory or is it simply a persistent myth?

Which learning theory do you believe—or is more research necessary before we can definitively decide there are unique learning styles at all? How can we become better learners in general? Put on your thinking cap and take a trip into the science behind learning.

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