The Different Types Of Learning and How Games Are Useful

How many styles of learning are there?

There are 7 recognised styles of learning in total:

Visual (spatial) - using images, pictures and with good spatial understanding

Aural (auditory-musical) - you work well with sound or music

Verbal (linguistic) - you use words more in speech and writing

Physical (kinesthetic) - you prefer being more active and using sense of touch

Logical (mathematical) - you believe logic, reasoning and systems are necessary

Social (interpersonal) - you prefer to learn in a group or with more people

Solitary (intrapersonal) - working on your own


Why it’s important to know this?

Knowing the many different styles of learning is essential for teachers or anyone working in the education sector. In a classroom environment, using just one standard style of teaching (that only really plays into one of the methods of learning) is not going to produce results all-round. It also may mean that the teaching and school become one-dimensional which is something to avoid in such a competitive sector when everyone is constantly trying to find new and engaging ways to appeal to students.

It is also important to employers. In order to get the best out of employees, finding out how they learn best can be a useful starting point. Some people excel when they work alone and have complete control over what is produced, others like to bounce ideas off people and work in a non-linear way. There is no right or wrong. As long as the job gets done, mission accomplished! Sometimes shaking it up a little and doing a team meeting or introducing a new concept using a combination of things that will appeal to many learning styles can boost people’s confidence (as they can relate to at least one learning style).

Finally, arguably the most important person that needs to know about this is the individual. At least the first 18 years or so of your life will be spent in education, with learning at the core of it all. Figuring out what works best for you will save you lots of time when it comes to studying, will help your teachers cater for you and will mean that you can experiment and have an understanding of what the different methods are. Regardless of your age, learning can be a case of trial and error. Everyday we discover new things which might help us remember something better or develop our understanding and appreciation of something.  

How can Totem's games can help?

At Totem Learning, you’re in safe hands when it comes to L&D. Our very own CEO, Helen Routledge, has a background in Psychology and has written a book on ‘Why Games Are Good For Business’ which, among other things, goes into details on the benefits of using games to develop skills. When developing games at Totem, we take into account many things including the learning methods. The useful thing about games, which is perhaps why the industry is so successful, is because they cater for people with different learning styles. There is generally a visual and aural element to it, games can be played on your own or in groups/teams, and with VR and AR becoming more and more widespread and popular, there is also physical elements. The future of gaming is looking very positive, especially as new developments in education as well as technology can be combined to create the learning games we offer at Totem Learning.