Discover Your Learning Style and Optimize Your Self Study


Hello everyone. Welcome to the Langfocus channel.
My name is Paul. Today, I want to talk about:
“Knowing your learning style”. Most people rely on other people
or on their materials to teach them. But I want you to be empowered to be able
to direct your own language learning. That’s why today we are going to look at your learning
style, and how to use it to learn more efficiently. Different people learn differently We, all have a unique learning style that is based
on the type of sensory information that we prefer. These kinds of sensory information are called
learning modalities and there are four of them. Some people say 3, I’m going to say 4. They are:
visual , auditory , reading and writing and kinesthetic. You can remember those learning modalities
based on the acronym VARK. Students generally have a dominant modality. But they do use a combination
of all the different modalities. Some people will say for example :
“I’m a visual learner”. But really what they mean is that
“I am primarily a visual learner” with some of the other modalities as well. There are some people who don’t really have
one strongly dominant modality and they call
those people multimodal learners. They have a multi-modal learning style. I happen to be a multi-modal learner.
I don’t really have one really dominant modality. But my least dominant modality is the auditory.
That’s the one that I prefer the least. Now preferring a specific modality doesn’t mean that
that’s the only way that you can learn. It doesn’t mean that you can’t learn
in the other modalities. That just means that
that’s the preferred modality for you That’s the one that engages you the most,
that’s the one that you can relate to the most. So it’s usually the best way for you to learn. Visual learners tend to prefer learning using
images, videos, charts, maps, graphs and so on. And often they see images in their mind
when they are reading or listening. Auditory learners prefer to learn by listening to other speak,
by having discussions by explaining things out loud. Sometimes by recording a lesson and
listening to it again in order to review. Read/write learners learn visually but specifically
through text and they enjoy learning through text books, through articles, through dictionary definitions,
through writing journals, through writing articles,
through writing blog posts in their target language. Read/write letters tend to be quite good with the patterns and the syntax of the language and they can look at a sentence and analyze
the different elements within it quite easily. Kinesthetic learners are engaged when they are
experiencing something physically with their body. They tend to like acting out real or simulated situations,
through movement and through role play. And since emotions are actually physical sensations,
kinesthetic learners are quite engaged by emotional sensations. So emotional impact will help
in their learning and retention. You may already have a good idea of
what your preferred learning style is. But in case, you don’t, you can take this quiz right here
and get an idea of what your preferred learning style is. When you know your preferred learning style, it becomes
easier to understand why you’re not motivated, why you’re not excited to be learning and why
you’re not learning as efficiently as you could be. Most people rely on their teacher
or on materials to teach them. But your teacher and your materials often
don’t target your preferred learning modalities. Have you ever had a teacher who just talked and talked
and talked and talked and talked and talked …. ? Even if your teacher had a pleasant voice, unless you were
an auditory learner, you were probably bored to death! Another common situation is that kinesthetic learners
are sometimes made to sit in their chair at their desk
for 90 minutes straight. And, after about 30 minutes of that,
you’re ready to pick up your chair and throw it. When I make videos for Langfocus, I try to include elements
that address all of the different learning modalities, so that I can engage as many people as possible. For the visual modality, I try to include interesting images
and backgrounds and charts and maps when appropriate. For auditory learners,
I try to speak in a clear and engaging manner
and include some music and sound effects. For read/write learners, I try to include some
text headings and key points on the screen. And, for kinesthetic learners, I try to create some
emotional effect through some of the things that I say and through some of the music and the way
that I choose and mix it and threw
some symbols and imagery that I include in the video When you do self-study, you can choose to use
your preferred learning modality to help you be more engaged with the material
and to help you retain the material better. If you’re learning materials don’t match your preferred
modality, then you can adapt the materials by filling in
the gaps and creating the parts that are missing in your modality. For example, if you’re a visual learner
but your materials are mostly text based, then you can imagine images of the words
and the sentences that you are practicing. Actually see the situation in your head
as you are practicing the language, so that the
language and the imagery become associated. If you’re an auditory learner, but your materials are
mostly text-based, then you can imagine
the auditory component inside your head You can hear the voices,
you can hear the voices being expressive. You can also chant sentences to yourself,
you can sing sentences to yourself. If you happen to be a read/write learner
and you are using an all audio program,
like Pimsleur for example, then you can try to imagine the words inside your head, actually see the letters of the words
when you are saying them out loud. That might be hard to do at first,
but when you get used to it, you can do it and then you will be connecting the auditory with
your preferred learning modality of read/write. If you are a kinesthetic learner
and your materials are mostly text-based, then you can imagine yourself going through
that experience that you are reading about
in that sentence or in that text. Try to actually feel what’s going on
and experience it in your body. Even though you’re imagining it,
you can try to feel those sensations. You can use body motions and gestures to learn
new vocabulary and you can use body motions
to act out the language that you are studying. You don’t have to just stick to the learning materials
that you have you can interpret them and adapt them to your own learning style
and use them in the way that’s best for you. So knowing your learning style is important
because it can help you adapt materials
and create new activities for yourself, to keep you engaged and help you
retain the language that you are studying. So I recommend that you find out your learning style
and you use it to your advantage today. Thank you for watching the Langfocus channel.
Have a good day.

100 thoughts on “Discover Your Learning Style and Optimize Your Self Study”

  1. I got "reading and writing," which is what I expected to get. It only got one more point than "visual" though, so I think I'm a bit of both! This video and the quiz were really useful, thanks!

  2. I'm multimodal! which actually makes a lot of sense. Reading/writing is the only one I scored low on. I love explanations, demonstrations, and then trying it myself. 😀

  3. Visual 5
    Aural 0
    Read/Write 9
    Kinesthetic 2
    that makes sense cos i prefer to write, to memorize and that's why no one likes me cos i get the info easily when others struggle. and i like grammar books.
    that's also i was never good at sports. but i also like diagrams a lot amd it stresses me out when people say that hearing is the best way to learn a language cos i can't do that. i gotta write words amd say them to memorize them.

  4. Mine were V4, A5, R13, K4.
    A strong bias for reading and writing… Which explains why I always look forward to the part of your videos where you list and break down the sentence structure of the language and highlight the different components of sentences with corresponding colors.

  5. Multimodal
    V-9
    A-2
    R-8
    K-9
    So how can I study effectively? Or to learn accounting related topics easily? Please help, thanks!

  6. For a long time I thought I'm an auditory learner, but my opinion changed, when I was learning Korean alphabet. I had some troubles remembering sounds for its' characters, but immediately got any of them as soon as I made it a gesture =D and after that I understood that never was truly great with listening comprehension until I make my grammar and vocabulary good enough with other learning types.

  7. I actually didn't realize how much i prefer reading. If you give me audio and subtitles i would focus more on the text rather than the audio even if i know what it is saying.

  8. Vark means pig in afrikaans.. There's not really a connection that I can make out there
    And that's my score
    Visual 1
    Aural 10
    Read/Write 11
    Kinesthetic 5

  9. I'm multimodal too! Figures, you were talking about all the different preferences and stuff, and I just kinda felt like "none/all of these apply"

  10. I think my modality depends on the subject. For history, visual and auditory. For languages, read/write and auditory and maybe even kinesthetic if it's something like ASL. For math, all but kinesthetic. For physical activities, visual and kinesthetic and maybe read/write depending on the activity.

    V: 12
    A: 12
    R: 12
    K: 11

  11. THE fastest way to learn a foreign language is to get a lover that only speaks the target language. Love and lust are the greatest motivators!

  12. Your scores were:

    Visual 4

    Aural 8

    Read/Write 3

    Kinesthetic 10

    You have a multimodal learning preference. (AK)
    Yikes!

  13. Your scores were:

    Visual 4
    Aural 12
    Read/Write 8
    Kinesthetic 11
    You have a multimodal learning preference. (VARK)

  14. According to an author who wrote about this I am ‘tactile’ and I did identify with all she said. I didn’t identify with anything this guy said! I am lost!

  15. According to the test results, I am multimodal but primarily kinesthetic. I like all modalities, but I believe that all 4 should be involved in your studying of languages regardless of who you are. You need the first-hand experience of speaking a language if your goal is to speak it. Also, you absolutely have to learn how to read and pronounce. In addition to frequent speaking, reading, and audio, visual aids help a lot since our brains store visual memories very easily.

    I think focusing heavily on your preferences can make you miss out on the benefits of other learning styles, but it may work for some people depending on their goals. I think it's worth experimenting with!

  16. Visual 5Aural 5Read/Write 11Kinesthetic 7
    Very interesting. I thought kinesthetic would be the worst way to learn for me.

  17. the results shows that i am multimodal. though more kinesthetic.
    visual 4
    aural 9
    write/read 6
    kinesthetic 12

  18. I've heard many teachers over my schooling years talk about auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learners. But not one mentioned read/write learners which describes me to a T.

  19. My scores were:

    Visual 1
    Aural 5
    Read/Write 5
    Kinesthetic 5

    I thought i was just Visual but it is surprising.

  20. I am also a multimodal learner. According to the quiz, my preferred learning styles are: visual, read/write, kinesthtic, auditory, in that order.

  21. So apparently I'm multimodal too but with a fairly moderate preference within all modes to auditory ones.

  22. I am Read/write & Visual learner and little bit Kinesthetic . But not Auditory at all I can't keep attention for a long time at all .

  23. Visual 9 Aural 4 Read/Write 12 Kinesthetic 5
    Funnily enough, I think my modality varies with the material: I'm good with remembering video information (speech and images) but when reading, pictures annoy me (I find them distracting and I usually ignore them). I prefer audio stuff under some circumstances, too, and I remember movements better when it comes to sign language than I would ordinarily remember.
    When I was a little kid, I never managed to finish a formal grammar course, but I picked up almost all the grammar rules through reading and I picked up spelling the same way. Even now, I can spell most decently short words after reading them once or twice.

  24. I thought that I learned English by reading/writing. Few years later, I discovered that my prononciation is terrible, and now I trying to fix it through watching videos like yours !

  25. My learning style is Multimodal with a slight preference towards reading/writing and less prefered style of visual.
    Visual 8
    Aural 11
    Read/Write 14
    Kinesthetic 10

    Not much of a surprise, I knew I learn better from reading and that I learn better when I repeat things either out loud or in my head. When it comes to languages I like to use music and try to sing along with the same sounds or at least as close as I can get plus I like singing so that is also fun for me.

  26. I know I'm late to the party, but…
    I got multimodal. I knew that, more or less. What surprised me is that I scored equal on kinesthetic and read-write. Before taking it I assumed read-write would be my primary form and kinesthetic would be the lowest score. I also thought auditory would score high, but it was my lowest one. Although, looking over kinesthetic on this site, it does make sense to me.

  27. Visual 0
    Aural 2
    Read/Write 4
    Kinesthetic 13

    I still don't quite understand how I should learn by being a kinesthetic learner 😀 Mostly I learn languages by reading/writing ( but the progress is very slow) and for tests at university the best thing for me is to watch a video on that topic or rewriting the information I need to memorize several times (mostly to memorize not to comprehend). When I was studying French on my own, the best thing for me was to chat with native French speakers, because textbooks and videos didn't work for me.

  28. Visual 7.
    Aural 3
    Read/Write 10 Makes sense I read a lot.
    Kinesthetic 11 How did I get 11 kinesthetic I am scared to talk to people?!

  29. I love taking these types of quizzes, thanks for sharing it!

    My scores:

    Visual 16
    Aural 7
    Read/Write 13
    Kinesthetic 13

    You have a multimodal learning preference. (VRK)

    About what I figured it would be, auditory learning is definitely my least favorite.
    It can sometimes be frustrating if I have to just listen to someone explain how to do things, I'd much rather do some reading up on it, and then jump right in and try to figure it out for myself.

  30. Your scores were: Visual 8, Aural 10, Read/Write 2, Kinesthetic 10 You have a multimodal learning preference. (VARK)

  31. Visual 6
    Aural 6
    Read/Write 3
    Kinesthetic 6

    Your learning preference: Multimodal (VAK),
    Please tell me how to study based on this informations

  32. I'm mostly a mix of a read/write and a visual learner. Anyway, even if those are the ways of learning that I enjoy the most, I've realized that I learn the best when I choose learning resources that involve all them, such as movies or some Youtube videos (like yours!). Also, that I've to focus more on the auditive aspect in order to achieve a higher fluency – that's my is my Achilles' heel.

  33. It's sometimes useful to actually draw things to memorize if you like visual learning. I find spatial relationships sometimes easier to remember. I think the key word here is actually RELATIONSHIPS though. The fact that there spatial is just a particular preference, but I think most people find it easier to remember a smaller number of complex webs of information than a larger number of separate simple pieces of information. (eg. There may be easier ways to remember vocabulary than just to memorize each word separately.)

  34. Thanks for the tips! I already imagine the text of my audio courses and follow that up with writing it too. Your text is such a big help! ^u^

  35. I came out "multimodal," much to my surprise – I thought I would be squarely in the read/write camp. And so I am, for languages. But for other things I'm learning, such as knitting, I definitely have to see something demonstrated – reading about it isn't enough.

  36. Depend on the language
    In English, I am more Read-Write
    In Spanish, I am more Auditory
    In Japanese, I am more Visual

  37. Visual: 8
    Aural: 5
    Read and Write: 15
    Kinesthetic: 9

    Unsurprising that I scored the highest on reading and writing.  I use IPA in order to work on my pronunciation and I heavily emphasize grammar upon learning languages.  Grammar may slow down your progress in the short run, but in the long run you will learn how to properly form correct sentences thoroughly.

    However, I am also surprised that I scored the lowest on aural, considering that I play piano, violin, alto sax, and tenor sax, and I love singing and frequently do karaoke with my friends and family.  Considering that I've watched several videos (such as grammar videos) on YouTube to help me learn languages, I would have thought that aural would be my second strongest, and more importantly, I would have scored higher than just a 5.

  38. Thanks! You're awesome, and it was a huge help because I never thought of adapting the text-materials to imagined images in my mind, in the language that I was trying to learn as a deaf viewer.
    Also, your tip, about acting the sentences out in your mind and body and seeing it and the environment, was a great one.

    Please keep making these videos. 😊

  39. Hey, look at me checking out an old video! Anyway, I took the quiz and got exactly what I expected: i am a read/write learner, with a bit of visual. I already knew kinesthetic and auditory would be the least likely for me. I guess it makes sense, since I study languages focused on written sources and textbooks and/or reference materials like dictionaries or grammar books.

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