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Learning Styles: Logical Mathematical

Explanations and strategies for different types of learning styles.

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Do you have a logical learning style?

Do you enjoy word puzzles such as crosswords or math puzzles such as Sudoku?

Can you conduct basic or even moderately complex maths computations in your head?

Do you find comfort in setting a financial budget and/or keeping a to-do list and checking things off?

Do you often rank-order the items on your to-do list?

Do you find yourself sometimes identifying flaws in someone else's reasoning?

If these statements describe you, then you have a tendency toward being a logical learner.

A person with a logical learning style may often say these phrases:

  • Now that really seems logical.
  • It just makes sense to me.
  • The facts speak for themselves.
  • I am going to check that off my list (Accessed 19 Mar 2013)

Strategies for the Logical Learner

Implications for learning

As a logical learner you are naturally inclined to want to understand something rather then just memorizing facts.

This can be a strength or a weakness. Use your natural curiosity to deeply understand the concepts in your school work, but don't allow yourself to get too bogged down in something that you do not understand.

Some have called this "analysis paralysis."

Recognize that at times when preparing for a test, memorization is appropriate.

Use your natural organizational skills for your benefit.

Make lists of all the things you need to study, and reward yourself by checking them off upon completion.

A logical person enjoys a mental challenge.

If you are feeling mentally fatigued by your school work, it may actually rejuvenate your thinking to take some time out and work a crossword or maths puzzle.

Finally, understand that not all people are as logical as you in their approach to learning.

You may find that you have completed your assignments far ahead of your classmates.

Do not be critical of others if they do not keep up your same pace or use the same orderly process toward learning that you use. (Accessed 19 Mar 2013)

Logical Mathematical Learner

You Are a Logical-Mathematical Learner

Your mantra: Why? Well, because it's logical.

Logical-mathematical intelligence is often what we refer to when we call someone -- such as a mathematician or an engineer -- smart. You possess the ability to understand complex problems, both logical and mathematical. This intelligence asks questions, finds solutions, and reflects on the problem-solving process.

Tips for the way you learn:

  • Think about what you are trying to learn as a puzzle or a formula.
  • Ask questions and allow yourself to experiment with your own hypotheses to find solutions or new answers.
  • Concentrate on symbols, designs, and words to bridge mathematical and verbal logic.
  • Create an outline to understand your subject step by step. Doing so will allow you to stay organized and track what you're learning in a logical sequence.