Do you ever feel like you need to see something to really commit it to memory, or are you more the type who can hear it once and have it down? Not all learners are created equal, but that doesn’t mean it’s a matter of right and wrong; it’s simply a matter of being different.
When it comes to committing coursework to memory, you need to know – and capitalize on – how you learn best. After all, your learning style has everything to do with how you understand and solve problems.
There are three main learning styles – visual, auditory and tactile. Some people benefit from a combined learning approach. See where you fit into the mix (consider taking this test to be sure), and then look for an educational approach that fits your needs.
By nature, visual learners are note-takers. Orderly and attentive, they’re usually the ones sitting at the front of the class. They benefit from “seeing” what they’re learning, so they respond well to movies, illustrations, presentations and written words that are rich in imagery. Basically hearing and listening are the name of the game.
Auditory learners need to hear what’s being said, but they tend to be less concerned with being front and center while they’re absorbing information. When sound-driven learners get bored, they tend to hum, sing or talk to themselves. When it comes to learning, they remember information best when they read and say things aloud. It’s all about hearing and listening.
Tactile (or Kinesthetic) Learners
Kinesthetic learners are expressive and are known to “speak” with their hands and use gestures. Touchers and doers, they prefer to be active and are known to take breaks often. In terms of learning, they’re tinkerers and gravitate toward hands-on activities, such as cooking, engineering and construction -- ones that allow them to perform tasks. They’re usually the ones sitting near a door, as it allows them the “out” to get up and move around. As for communication, they prefer encouragement that is physically expressed, such as a pat on the back.