intrapersonal learner

Intrapersonal Learner

Part 3 of 8 in our Blog Series on Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences.

An intrapersonal learner is characterized by a solitary and independent learning style. This type of learner prefers to work alone rather than in groups, and learns better through self-reflection rather than engaging in more extroverted activities like discussions with others.

A learning style is an individual’s preferred style of learning. If your child has a particular learning style it doesn’t mean he or she cannot learn in other ways, it just means they learn best in one particular way.

If your child’s preferred learning style is intrapersonal learning, we’ll help you understand how you can cater to their style of learning. There are a number of ways you can help your child learn in their preferred style, we’ll go over a few of them for you in this post.

Teaching an Intrapersonal Learner

Here are some ways you can help your child excel in school, and in life, if he or she is an intrapersonal learner.

Keep a Journal
One of the top recommendations for intrapersonal learners is to get them to keep a journal of self-reflection. Have them write in the journal what they learned throughout the day, how they’re feeling about their performance in school, and any other important highlights that happened in life. This gives your child the opportunity to reflect daily on what they have learned and put it in their own words. Getting in the habit of keeping a journal could help your child better understand what they’re learning in school, as well as teach them how to express themselves in writing.

Let Them Work Alone
Intrapersonal learners prefer to work alone. We understand that as parents you want to give your child as much help in school as possible, but if your child is an intrapersonal learner they may prefer to be left alone when working on homework or projects. Give your child the opportunity to work alone if that’s what they prefer. Get to know when they really need your help with something, or when they would be better off completing a task independently.

Encourage Independent Research
Since intrapersonal learners learn best by themselves, it’s best to nurture that skill at a young age. You can do this by encouraging your child to engage in small independent research tasks. Give them a general idea of a topic, and have them report back to you with as much information as they can gather on it. If your child needs some extra encouragement, you could even include some type of reward for completing the task. Through these tasks your child will learn how to teach themselves about a subject, which will create excellent research and study skills for years to come. As an added benefit, your child gets to learn about a variety of subjects they may have otherwise not been exposed to.


Intrapersonal learners would rather solve a problem by going somewhere quiet and working through it alone, compared to talking the problem through with someone else. That’s perfectly OK because intrapersonal learners can excel just as well as interpersonal learners can, or as well as any other learning style for that matter.

If you would like to learn more about your child’s learning style, we encourage you to have them try some of our free games which explore the full range of a child’s multiple intelligences.

The theory of multiple intelligences was developed in 1983 by Dr. Howard Gardner, professor of education at Harvard University. It suggests that the traditional notion of intelligence, based on IQ testing, is far too limited. Instead, Dr. Gardner proposes eight different intelligences to account for a broader range of human potential in children and adults.

This is part 3 in our blog series covering all 8 of Howard Gardner’s proposed 8 intelligences. Click here to view part 2.

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