What is your natural learning style?

ASK YOURSELF THE FOLLOWING???

*What do you remember in particular about your high school/college days?

*Would you find yourself losing concentration easily or daydream?

*What were your preferred study methods and did they help?

*Which aspects of the teachers lessons did you prefer? doing tasks, shown films or diagrams or just listened?

THERE ARE THREE DIFFERENT WAYS WE LEARN: VISUAL, AUDITORY OR KINESTHETIC:

1. VISUAL

These individuals think in pictures, they have a time line in their mind and can recall things they have read in their mind and can recall things they have read by looking and seeing material on an inner blackboard in their mind. They like to write things down and say “I get the picture”. Visual learners retain knowledge from the use of charts, graphs and highlighted by color code or using flash cards. The use of acronyms eg ASAP, visual chains and mnemonics eg My very educated mother just served us nachos- Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune aid the visual learner as well.

2.AUDITORY

Learns best by listening, they make great conversationalists and can tell great stories. An Auditory person has a style that can remember what you said 5 years ago. Video and Auditory tapes help them to retain information and knowledge and help them to remember dates and events of importance.

3.KINESTHETIC

These learners like to move around a lot, loves to touch, play with things, rarely reads things when putting things together and doesn’t have a time-line in their mind. They don’t like sitting in school or attending long meetings. They are at their best when moving.

THE VISUAL LEARNING STYLE AND THEIR COMMON CHARACTERISTICS

  • learns best by seeing and visualizing
  • Neat and orderly
  • Speaks quickly,holds head up and their shoulders are erect
  • Good long range spellers but forgets names
  • Memorizes by strong visual associations
  • Functions best with overall view before proceeding
  • Has trouble remembering verbal instructions unless written down
  • Can be impatient and has a tendency to interrupt
  • Like colors and fashion
  • Needs to think awhile before understanding lectures
  • Makes outlines of everything
  • Takes notes and makes lists
  • Understands and likes charts.diagrams

Learns best by drawing a map of events in history or following scientific classes, likes to make outlines, takes notes and makes lists, uses color code words or flash cards. They are good at diagramming, reading maps, essays, essays if studied online.

THE AUDITORY LEARNING STYLE AND THEIR COMMON CHARACTERISTICS

  • Learns best through hearing
  • Enjoys Listening to lectures or music
  • Good story tellers
  • Talk  to self
  • Likes to speak more then writing and speaks more slowly
  • Easily distracted by noise, can’t listen to someone talk on the phone and listen to another person at the same time
  • Usually has problems with projects involving visualization
  • Prefers jokes to comics
  • Prefers things explained to them verbally
  • Remembers names
  • Good at explaining things
  • Notices sound effects in movies
  • Follows spoken direction very well
  • Can’t keep quiet for long periods
  • Enjoys acting and being on stage
  • Good in study groups
  • Good at grammar or foreign languages

Learns best by recording lectures,watching videos, participating in group discussions, using word associations to remember facts. They are good at written responses to oral lectures and good at oral exams.

THE KINESTHETIC  LEARNING STYLE AND THEIR COMMON CHARACTERISTICS

  • Learns best by doing and thorough movement
  • Good athletes
  • Speaks more slowly
  • Responds more slowly
  • Responds to physical rewards
  • Memorizes by moving around, walking
  • Gestures a lot, clutter in work or living spaces
  • Can’t sit still for long periods of time
  • Uses action words when speaking
  • Touches others to get their attention
  • Wants to act things out and like’s to get involved in games
  • Not a great speller and has poor handwriting
  • Likes adventure books and movies
  • Like’s science labs
  • Studies with music on
  • Likes roleplaying

Learns by studying in short blocks, taking lab classes, role playing, field trips, studying with others, memory games, flash cards to memorize. They are good at short definitions, filling in forms, answering multiple choice questions.

HINTS OF DIFFERENT LEARNING STYLES A PERSON MAY SAY:

Visual:”I see, I get the picture. What is your perspective”

Auditory:” I hear ya, that rings a bell, that clicks”

kinesthetic:” I feel, get a grip, I think I grasp the concept, I get it”

LEARNING  WEBSITES TO TRY:

http://www.2learn,org/learningstyles               What is my learning style

http://www.people.usd.edu/bwjames/tut/learning-style             What’s your learning style

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