The Logical-Mathematical Learning Style

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The logical-mathematical learning style is one of eight types of learning styles, or intelligences, defined in developmental psychologist Howard Gardner's theory of Multiple Intelligences. Logical-mathematical learning style refers to your ability to reason, solve problems, and learn using numbers, abstract visual information, and analysis of cause and effect relationships.

Logical-mathematical learners are typically methodical and think in logical or linear order. They may be adept at solving math problems in their heads and are drawn to logic puzzles and games.

Characteristics of the Logical-Mathematical Learning Style

People with logical-mathematical learning styles use reasoning and logical sequencing to absorb information. Their strengths are in math, logic, seeing patterns, and problem-solving. They like to work with numbers, find logical methods to answer questions, classify, and categorize. They are comfortable working with the abstract.

They enjoy school activities such as math, computer science, technology, drafting, design, chemistry, and other "hard sciences." Logical-mathematical learners prefer logical order in instruction and often work best in structured, organized environments. They have strong visual analysis, memory, and problem-solving skills.

Natural tinkerers and builders, they enjoy bringing mathematical and conceptual ideas into reality via hands-on projects such as computer-assisted design, creating electronic devices, using computer applications, or programming computers.

People with the logical-mathematical learning style often seek out rules and procedures and may be less assured when those don't exist. They may not be tolerant when others don't follow logical sequences, rules, or procedures. They may need to work on seeing the big picture and systems thinking.

How Logical-Mathematical Learners Learn Best

People with logical-mathematical learning styles learn best when they're taught using visual materials, computers, statistical and analytical programs, and hands-on projects. They prefer structured, goal-oriented activities that are based on math reasoning and logic rather than less structured, creative activities with inexact learning goals.

Logical-mathematical learners would find a statistical study more appealing than analyzing literature or keeping a journal. They may also enjoy creating graphs, charts, timelines, and categorizing collections.

As part of a group project, the mathematical logical learner may want to contribute by making an agenda or list, setting numerical goals, ranking brainstorming ideas, putting steps into a sequence, keeping track of the progress of the group, and constructing data reports. They often also enjoy troubleshooting problems using logic, analysis, and math.

Career Options for Logical-Mathematical Learners

The mathematically and logically talented student may be drawn to careers such as computer programmer, computer technician, systems analysis, network analysis, database designer, and engineering (electronic, mechanical, or chemical).

Professions that deal with numbers will appeal too such as an accountant, auditor, financial and investment consultant, bookkeeper, mathematician, and statistician. They may also enjoy drafting, architecture, physics, astronomy, and other areas of science. In medical and allied professions, they may be drawn to medical technology, pharmacy, and medical specialties.

Other Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences

The seven other learning styles or intelligences in Gardner's theory of Multiple Intelligences include:

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