Tips for 3 Different Learning Styles
We all manage situations differently, we all remember information differently and we all have different learning styles. Your learning style can be one of three – visual, auditory or kinesthetic, or even a mixture of all three. If you recognise yourself in any of the following characteristics, here are a few top tips that could help your studying and learning.
As you might’ve guessed, an auditory learner retains information better through hearing and speaking and therefore is able to interpret the meanings of speech through listening to tone of voice, pitch and speed. This type of learner also benefits more from being given verbal directions then summarising the main points out loud themselves to help with memorising it.
- Record lessons and listen to them, you may have missed important points
- Repeat material from textbooks for example, out loud and in your own words
- Discuss material in study groups
- Listen to instrumental music while studying
This would be somebody who likes the hands-on approach when learning new material; a kinesthetic learner usually excels in subjects such as Maths and Science, needing to handle and manipulate objects when studying or listening.
- Take breaks often, cramming and all nighters are not for you
- Learn new material while doing something active, for example read a textbook while on a treadmill
- Watch demonstrations on work you don’t understand, either by your teacher or check YouTube
- Work while standing where possible
As the name suggests, a visual learner will understand best from visual displays and use objects such as graphs, charts and pictures so that they can see the information they’re given. Not only do they require this for studying but, at all times, a visual learner will be an observer, scanning everything and enjoying visual stimulation such as diagrams and colour. This also means that they can memorise and recall information which is written down, causing visual learners to take very detailed notes.
- Turn your notes into pictures, charts or maps
- Make mind maps instead of general outlines
- Colour code your notes focussing on the important aspects
- Use flashcards when studying vocabulary
If any of those characteristics sounded like you, try adopting one or two of these top tips. Or if you’re a trainer, by understanding a learning style, you can adapt your teaching to suit, in some cases, a mixture of the three.