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  1. Introduction
  2. An overview of learning and learning styles
  3. Discussion
  4. Conclusion

Learning is a dynamic psychological process that entails getting information into the mind of an individual. The learner concentrates on his proficiencies, memorizes, and finally articulates his thoughts and perceptions. It makes the individual make sense about his environment hence enabling him to acclimatize to new conditions. Learning style is referred to as a collection of cognitive, expressive, characteristic, and psychological factors that function as stable pointers of how a learner identifies, associates with and reacts to the learning environment. It is the various methods or ways a person applies in learning. There are the various learning methods that are unique to individuals that allow a person to learn best. There is no any assessment on learning style that has been established which is broadly accepted. Data available on the legitimacy of the context of learning styles is not strong enough. Teaching techniques that indulge one style of learning are most of the times not specific to that learning style (Bauer & Erdogan, 2010).

Recognizing one's learning technique and matching it with the right strategy can lead to high academic achievement. Investigations on learning style demonstrate that there are more aspects to learning than a simple preference for the surrounding or channel. To know the best learning style for an individual, the individual should first establish what kind of learner he is. Many factors both environmental and personal affect the way people learn. In the upcoming years, the community is likely to realize a radical shift in the way learning in an organization occurs. This may be attributed to fast technological improvements, social responsiveness, and cultural unification. Understanding one's learning style enhances the organization's capacity to deal with these issues and establish an environment that is jointly advantageous both to the organization and to the learner (Pritchard, 2008, p. 100).

[...] Torres, M., & Sonia, E. (1993). Identifying Latinos' learning styles and demographic factors to support their learning performance. San Anselmo: Martin Press. [...]


[...] For several reasons, the use of flash cards appears to be immensely helpful in all the learning styles. For instance, for an auditory learner, shouting the answers using flash cards assists in context solidification. For a visual learner, observing the solutions noted down on a flash card can be supportive. For a kinesthetic learner, developing and systematizing flash cards helps the context to stick in the learners mind (Bauer & Erdogan, 2010). Identifying the best learning style Many theories have been put forth to help in the identification of the best learning style. [...]


[...] One should grab a new learning style anytime he gets an opportunity. Enough practice helps in processing information in various ways. Students should make use of certain models and theories to recognize their favorite learning styles as well as exploit their academic experience by concentrating on what is most beneficial to them. People should be cognizant of their learning styles to be capable of relaying them to their characters and life experiences. This will lead to a better personal knowledge hence the learner can obtain maximum advantage from both learning and leisure activities (Eide p.462). [...]


[...] In turn, these perceptions are the basis of people's learning styles. This model is made up of two perceptual qualities namely concrete and abstract. It is also made up of two ordering abilities namely random and sequential. The concrete perceptions engage in information registry through the five senses of human beings. Abstract perceptions, on the other hand, involve understanding of notions and ideas that cannot be seen. According to the ordering abilities, sequential involves the association of information in logical ways while random entails the organization of information in an unspecified manner (Eide p.462). [...]


[...] At the end of each chapter, the learner should make short notes. He should record himself while summarizing the principal points in a chapter or learning material and then pin his ears back on the tape as a remembrance aid. It is recommended that verbal learners should study with a colleague and discuss the issues they seem not to understand (LeFever p. 138). For kinesthetic learners, reading is usually perplexing due to the necessity for intense concentration and the lack of bodily, motor founded learning. [...]

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