What type of learner are you?

Everyone has personal learning methods which work best for them. By knowing what type of learner you are, you can focus your revision and use methods that are most effective for you. Here are just a few hints and pointers on strategies you can use to improve your language learning.

You might not know what sort of learner you are so have a read through all of them to see which of the strategies appeal to you and put them into practice. You’ll soon know if they were effective or not. Have an experiment around to see what works for you.

If you are a visual learner

"I learn by writing lots"

Being a visual learner means you’re really good at remembering things through pictures and detailed notes, basically by looking at things. If you think this is you, here are some tips to help you get the most from your language learning.

  • Colour code: Use a system that you understand to colour code work so it’s easier to understand when you look at it.
  • Make lists: Lists of vocab and grammar that are neat and understandable will help you remember things easier.
  • Draw: When learning vocab for descriptive words and objects, draw a picture to go with them. Often when you come to remember them in your head again you’ll be able to see your picture with the word written above it.

If you are an auditory learner

"I remember what I hear"

This means that you learn things best by hearing and listening, not necessarily just your teacher’s voice but maybe your voice too! Here are a few pointers on how you can work on your language in a style that suits you.

  • Read aloud: When you’re going over vocab or phrases, say them aloud to yourself. By saying and hearing them, your brain will associate the word with the sound and make it stick.
  • Listen carefully to others: Even though you should do this anyway, listening to others enhances your vocab and knowledge of the subject.
  • Talk: Discuss things with your friends and teacher. Chat about what you’ve been up to and most importantly, talk things through when you don’t understand something rather than trying to look the explanation up in a book.

If you are a kinesthetic learner

“I learn by moving around”

It’s a big word which means that you like to learn through movement and interactive things, which is great when it comes to learning languages. Read through the tips to see how to learn languages in a way that works for you.

  • Hand movements: make up hand movements to go with what you’re learning. If you are learning emotions, you could pull faces to remember how to say each of the different ones.
  • Acting: When learning scenarios, like what to say when you go to the shop, do it like you’re in a real shop. Get a friend to act as the shopkeeper and you be the customer and then switch round! This comes in handy when practicing for your role play and oral exam.
  • Move around: When going through things at home, walk around while you do it. You may not find learning at a desk the best way so try sitting on the floor or sofa.