Learning Excellence for Academic Progress (LEAP)

Learning Styles

Which learning style are you and why should you care? Have you ever noticed that you learn better from some teachers than others? The reason behind this may not be all about the instructor, but more about what kind of learner you are combined with how information is delivered during class.

 

Take the Learning Styles Self-Test to see which learning style you are.

Visual learners learn through seeing

  • Students need to see the teacher's body language as he or she teaches.
  • They are assisted greatly by the use of diagrams and videos.
  • Handouts and illustrations in the text book that they are reading help them understand better what the words are saying.
  •  It is often best for visual learners to sit in the front of a classroom where they won’t be distracted by people or other activities going on.
  • Visual learners also usually benefit greatly from taking detailed notes during a presentation.

Auditory Learners learn through listening

  • Students understand by listening to discussions, special speakers, and lectures given by the teacher.
  • Usually, auditory learners interpret the speaker's meaning by focusing on their tones of voice, speed, and other nuances of speech.
  • Auditory learners are the kinds of learners that often benefit from reading the text aloud, since written information does not have much meaning until it has been spoken and heard.

Kinesthetic Learners learn through doing

  • Also called tactile learners, kinesthetic learners need the hands-on approach.
  • Touching things, trying them out, and moving around while discussing an issue are all ways that kinesthetic learners are able to actively explore the subject at hand and discover its meaning.
  • This is why kinesthetic learners may have a hard time sitting still for long periods of time and simply listening to lecture.
  • Kinesthetic learners are likely to relate experiences with strong feelings and know that they have truly grasped something once they feel it inside.