There are three basic types of learning styles. The three most common are visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. I myself and my team members research that students learn in many ways, like seeing, hearing, and experiencing things first hand. But for most students, one of these methods stands out. It also has showed us that students can perform better on tests if they change study habits to fit their own personal learning styles. To learn, we as people depend on our senses to process the information around us. Most people tend to use one of their senses more than the others.
Today’s lesson will help us determine which of these learning styles we can rely on the most. Visual Learners are those who learn through seeing things. We know what we are capable of, and where we can go wrong. Practicing visualization is recommended or picturing spelling words to be able to retain the information. They are good at remembering details and colors of what they see. They will quietly take in surrounding as they create mental notes. Now it is time to put to use what we have learned. The Visual learner needs to see all study material. Visual Learners is good readers, but sometimes read too rapidly.
Preparing a concept map by listing key points, enclosing them in boxes or circles, and drawing lines with arrows between concepts to show the connections can help me memorize material, also Color-coding notes with a highlighter so that everything relating to one topic is the same color (Felder 1988). Visual Learners can benefit from color-coding when learning new concepts, and by using outlines of assignments to remember key points and guide their learning. Here are some characteristic of visual learners see if they sound familiar. Is good at spelling but forgets names.
Needs quiet study time, has to think awhile before, understanding lecture, is good at spelling, likes colors & fashions, dreams in color, understands/likes charts, is good with sign language. Auditory Learners are those who learn best through hearing things. They may struggle to understand a chapter they’ve read, but then experience a full understanding as they listen to the class lecture. They also may have a knack for ascertaining the true meaning of someone’s words by listening to audible signals like changes in tone. When memorizing a phone number, an auditory learner will say it out loud and then remember how it sounded to recall it.
Since hearing and speaking are so closely related you’ll often find auditory learners using they’re voice as well as their ears. They’ll often repeat what you’ve said right back to you. It helps them process the information. They may also remember complex sets of information by putting them to song or rhythm. Did you know that singers are usually skilled auditory learners for example, that’s why they can memorize a song after hearing it just a few times? Auditory people can often follow directions very precisely after being told only once or twice what to do.
Some auditory learners concentrate better when they have music or white noise in the background, or retain new information better when they talk it out. Look over these characteristic to see if they sound familiar to you. You may be an auditory learner if you are someone who: Likes to read to self out loud, is not afraid to speak in class, likes oral reports, is good at explaining, remembers names, notices sound effects in movies, enjoys music, is good at grammar and foreign language, reads slowly, follows spoken directions well, can’t keep quiet for long periods.
Enjoys acting, being on stage, is good in study groups. Tactile/Kinesthetic Learners is an important subject that is taught at all academic levels. About 10% of the general population is kinesthetic learners. They prefer to learn by getting their body into action and moving around. They are “hands-on” types who prefer doing to talking. When you are a child you are a kinesthetic learn and your visual usually come later on in life. Learning styles affected how a person learn, acts in a group, thinks, relates to others, solves problems, communication, and how a person work.
Take a look through these characteristics you may be a tactile/Kinesthetic learn. Is good at sports, can’t sit still for long, is not great at spelling, does not have great handwriting, likes science lab, studies with loud music on, likes adventure books and movies, likes role playing, takes breaks when studying, builds models, is involved in martial arts dance, is fidgety during lectures. People learn in many different ways and no two people learn in exactly the same way. Visual learners want to see how something is done.
Auditory learners prefer to hear explanations and like to talk their way through things. Kinesthetically oriented people want to get lots of hands-on experience so they can feel how something is done. I myself and my team have learned that some people have one dominant style, and use the others only as supplements, while other people use different styles in different circumstances. There is no right mix people’s learning styles are also quite flexible. Everyone can develop ability in their less dominant styles, as well as increase their skill with styles they already use well.