Using Your Learning
Strengths and Styles
What Learning Styles Are
What do you
do when you have to learn something new? You probably approach the task
in a similar fashion each time.Over
time you developed a pattern of behavior or a preferred way of learning that you use for processing and
receiving new information.This
pattern is called a learning style.
don't approach every learning task exactly the same way, each of us develops
a set of behaviors that we are most comfortable with. The purpose
of examining our learning style is to get to know those behavior patterns
so that we can see when they are helpful and when they are not.
What are the types of learning styles?
The most common forms for learning styles are classified as visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile.
Visual Learners learn through seeing.
These learners need to see the teacher's body language and facial expression to fully understand the content of a lesson. They tend to prefer sitting at the front of the classroom to avoid visual obstructions (e.g. people's heads). They may think in pictures and learn best from visual displays including: diagrams, illustrated text books, overhead transparencies, videos, flip charts and hand-outs. During a lecture or classroom discussion, visual learners often prefer to take detailed notes to absorb the information.
Auditory Learners learn through listening.
They learn best through verbal lectures, discussions, talking things through and listening to what others have to say. Auditory learners interpret the underlying meanings of speech through listening to tone of voice, pitch, speed and other nuances. Written information may have little meaning until it is heard. These learners often benefit from reading text aloud and using a tape recorder.
Tactile/Kinesthetic Learners learn through, moving, doing, and touching.
Tactile/Kinesthetic persons learn best through a hands-on approach, actively exploring the physical world around them. They may find it hard to sit still for long periods and may become distracted by their need for activity and exploration.
Use A Multi-Sensory
of our learning strengths is certainly beneficial. At the same time, it
is important to remember that applying a multi-sensory approach to learning
ensures that information is retained through all our senses. By building different pathways within the brain, information has multiple avenues to retrieve material sought.
with your brain!
See it + Hear it + Say it
+ Do it = Retention