LEARNING STYLES CHARACTERISTICS AND SUGGESTIONS

Being aware of your preferences and learning to adapt to others makes you think and recall information more efficiently and helps you become a more balanced learner. You will retain your natural preferences, but you can stretch your mind by understanding and experiencing the others. You develop the ability to adapt to all teaching styles with equal success.

Visual

Student reading image for visual section.
 

Absorb & recall information by:

SEEING

CHARACTERISTICS

  • Loves books, magazines,reading material
  • Relates best to writteninformation: notes,flashcards, graphs, etc…
  • Likes to have pen & paperhandy
  • Has trouble following longlectures
  • Organized and neat

SUGGESTIONS

  • Sit near the front of classto minimize distractions
  • Read text before class
  • Take numerous, detailednotes during lecture
  • Recopy and/ or reorganizenotes
  • Use flashcards
  • Make lists
  • Watch video clips
  • For math or technicalinformation, write out indetail how to do each step
  • Use highlighters,underline
  • Jot down key points onpost it notes and displayaround the house

Kinesthetic

Students turning pages in a book. Kinesthetic image
 

Absorb & recall information by:

TOUCHING DOING MOVING

CHARACTERISTICS

  • Difficulty focusing
  • Prefers participating activelyrather than reading a book
  • Gets restless during longlectures
  • Increased focus bydrumming fingers,tapping feet
  • Moves hands while talking

SUGGESTIONS

  • Take notes, never put yourpencil down
  • Engage in hands-on activities
  • Pace as you study; lectureyourself
  • Study in short blocks of time.
  • Take breaks and move around.
  • Change subjects and studyactivities on a regular basis
  • Use index cards as a“manipulative.” Shuffle, sort,etc….
  • Move finger along text as youread, underline
  • Choose a study area that givesyou room to move

Auditory

Students listening to instructor. Auditory column image.
 

Absorb & recall information by:

HEARING

CHARACTERISTICS

  • Talkative in class
  • Enjoys discussion anddebate
  • Prefers lectures, oralpresentations, music
  • Often sings, hums, orwhistles
  • Talks to self
  • Follows oral directionsbetter than written ones

SUGGESTIONS

  • Sit where you can hear
  • Read textbooks and notes aloud
  • Participate in discussions
  • Describe aloud what is to beremembered
  • Summarize and tape notes.Listen during otheractivities
  • Use word associations,rhymes, and jingles
  • Review flash cards byreciting them aloud
  • Join a study group--
  • Listening to others andyourself increases yourknowledge