Understand the Learning Styles and how they relate to you
Whatever your strongest Learning Style(s) results are, the best way to learn something is to try to use all three Learning Style approaches whenever you can. Because different activities use different parts of our brain, when we use different ways to do or learn the same thing, our minds do a better job of remembering it.
If you are a kinesthetic learner, you prefer to learn by touching and doing. You likely need to be active, take frequent breaks, and make gestures when you talk and explain something. Your preference is for hands-on experiences, tasks that involve manipulating materials, and you appreciate physically expressed encouragement when you communicate.
- Participate in more hands-on tasks during learning
- Use Flash cards to sort concepts
- Study in short blocks of time and give yourself breaks
- Construct a model or representation of concepts
Being an auditory learner means you learn by hearing and listening. You might prefer to listen to audio books or podcasts, hum or talk to yourself often when you are studying, and enjoy acquiring knowledge by reading aloud. What is most important is that you hear what is being instructed.
- Record yourself reading your notes and listen to them
- Talk with someone about the topic
- Repeat information with your eyes closed
- Listen to recorded media related to the subject
As a visual learner, you learn by looking and seeing. You probably like to take numerous detailed notes, tend to sit in the front, often close your eyes to visualize or remember something, and benefit from illustrations and presentations that use colour.
- Underline or highlight key ideas in your notes
- Use graphic organizers (i.e., mind map, Venn diagram, web)
- Pause, and try to create a mental image in your mind, or pause, and draw a visual representation
- Turn concepts into charts and diagrams