We each learn in a different way. Whilst some people prefer to learn by reading information, others learn more easily by listening or by actively participating in an activity, or by watching someone else do it. Before you begin to plan your studies think about your own learning style – how do you learn best? You may find that you respond to a mixture of approaches.
Once you understand more about your unique learning style, you can incorporate this understanding into your study plan.
Visual Learners:learn through seeing…
If you are a visual learner you probably found that at school you learned best when you could see the teacher’s body language and facial expression. You probably preferred sitting at the front of the classroom to avoid visual obstructions such as other people’s heads. You may think in pictures and probably learn best from visual displays including: diagrams, illustrated text books, overhead transparencies, videos, flipcharts and handouts. During a lecture or classroom discussion, you probably found that you preferred to take detailed notes to absorb the information.
Auditory Learners: learn through listening…
If you learn best through verbal lectures, discussions, talking things through and listening to what others have to say then you are probably an auditory learner. You are sensitive to the underlying meanings of speech and will listen to tone of voice, pitch, speed and other nuances. Written information may have little meaning for you until it is heard. You may benefit from reading notes aloud onto a tape recorder and then playing them back.
Tactile/Kinaesthetic Learners: learn through , moving, doing and touching…
If you are a tactile/kinaesthetic learner you will find that you learn most effectively using a hands-on approach – actively exploring the physical world and learning new skills by doing them. You find it hard to sit still for long periods and may become distracted by your need for activity and exploration.
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