There are many different learning styles out there. You may find that you do better at writing down material than you are listening to it, or perhaps you love getting down and dirty. Perhaps finding opportunities to dissect frogs or plants are more fulfilling and memorable to you than a lecture given by your teacher. It’s important to understand that everyone has a different way of learning, and by understanding your learning style, you will be able to better approach the way you train your brain to learn!
Auditory learners do best with information that they can hear. They enjoy listening to music, hearing rhymes and rhythm, and tend to talk while they write and discuss their information with others in study groups. They are easily distracted, but when it comes to studying, they will easily focus on any audible information that they can gather and retain. They do well listening to lectures on tape or by participating in verbal discussions and debates.
Visual learners like to have something they can see. They love diagrams, charts, pictures, and images that they can use to store in their memory to enable them to remember pictures, places, and other things that may be of importance. Information is best absorbed by visual learners through anything that they can use their eyes to take in.
Kinesthetic learners are those who enjoy some hands-on experimentation or lab work to help them fully comprehend the information in front of them. They’ll enjoy dissecting a frog in science, role playing, and field trips. They are typically considered restless learners, since they need to keep their brains AND hands busy in order to function at their best. Anything that requires moving around, instant feedback, and touch will work wonders for the kinesthetic learners.
What’s your learning style? Do you find that you have more of one learning style than the others, one that is more prominent?