Why You Should Know What Type of Learner You Are
4 Types of Learners
1. Visual Learners
Visual Learner Tips & Strategies
- The most important tool for visual learners is color. When you are reading from a textbook, use different color highlighters and underline with colored pencils.
- Color your notes. Write with colored pens and go wild with your color pencils.
- Draw and Illustrate ideas. Don’t fill your notes with words only. Add pictures and diagrams to your notes. Convert written information into drawings.
- Make mind maps. Not only do mind maps help you organize information, they also help visual learners add color and pictures to dull information.
- Make flashcards with visual information. Don’t make a flashcard with text on the front and text on the back. Use an image whenever possible.
- Visualize the information. Imagine what you are learning. If you are studying about World War II, imagine the scene in your head, imagine yourself looking at a calendar to remember the date.
- If you are a medical student, consider getting an anatomy and physiology coloring book, such as The Anatomy Coloring Book.
Are You A Visual Learner?
- Are you a fast talker?
- Do you say things like “It looks like…” and “Let’s see how…”?
- Are you imaginative?
- Do you think in pictures?
- Would you rather read a story than listen to it?
- Do you use words that express visual images?
- Do you remember faces more than names?
2. Auditory Learners
Auditory Learner Tips & Strategies
- Record your notes and then listen to them.
- Ask questions in class.
- Join a study group and discuss information with other students
- Read aloud if possible; if you’re in a library, whisper.
- Make a song or poem out of the information you are trying to learn.
- Attend lectures and webinars.
- Watch videos utilizing the audio to learn.
- Listen to audiobooks whenever available.
- Read your flashcards aloud.
Are You An Auditory Learner?
- Are you a natural listener?
- Do you speak slowly?
- Do you prefer to have things explained to you rather than to read written information?
- Do you think in sounds?
- Do you think linearly?
- Do you repeat things aloud?
- Do you say things like “That rings a bell.” and “That sounds right.”?
3. Kinesthetic Learners
Kinesthetic Learner Tips & Strategies
- Move around when studying. Walk around or dance while you are learning something.
- Chew gum, tap a pencil, or rock a chair when studying.
- Draw out explanations to the information in the air with your finger.
- Participate in activities that involve touching, drawing, or building.
- Use memory games and flashcards.
- Create your own outline for the lessons you are studying.
- Turn the learning material into a game using gamification techniques.
- Study in blocks and take frequent breaks.
- Toss a ball from hand to hand while thinking.
- Go on field trips, participate in drama presentations, or join a science lab.
- Underline important information in textbooks.
- Listen to recorded audio.
Are You A Kinesthetic Learner?
- Are you a slow talker?
- Do you prefer hands-on experiences?
- Do you have a short attention span?
- Is it hard for you to sit still?
- Do you learn better through trial and error?
- Do you say things like “It feels like…” and “I can’t grasp this.”?
- Do you play around with objects while you are thinking?
4. Reading & Writing Learners
Reading & Writing Learner Tips & Strategies
- Take LOTS of notes. And then rewrite those notes in different words.
- Rephrase the information in your own words.
- Take visual information and turn it into verbal statements.
- Write summaries of the information.
- Make lists and outlines for the information.
- Turn your listens into multiple choice questions.
- Use glossaries.
Are You A Reading & Writing Learner?
- Do you love reading?
- Do you prefer written directions to maps?
- Would you rather read to yourself or to others than be read to?
- Do you prefer text to pictures?
- Do you enjoy writing?
Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.Abigail Adams
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Here's what you'll learn in this article:
- There are four types of learners:
- Visual learners prefer to learn with pictures, diagrams, and pie charts.
- Aural (Auditory) learners learn with sounds, songs, and rhymes.
- Reading and writing learners learn with text and written words. They prefer text to images.
- Kinesthetic learners learn by experiencing and doing.
- Each Learner has their own way of better retaining information.
- The four types of learners were suggested by Neil Fleming.
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