What is my learning style?

Everybody uses a combination of their senses to learn and retain information. However we all have a dominant sense that we rely on to interpret new material.

Sometimes the simplest and most ordinary actions reveal our learning style. For example the way you communicate directions to others can be very telling.

Whether you use landmarks, street names or prefer to drive people to their destination says a lot about your dominant style, which can be described as either an auditory, visual or tactile learning style.

Knowing your style can help you make your learning environment more conducive to your strengths. Have you identified your learning style yet? Discover the difference between the three major categories and use these tips from the Education Planner website to improve your learning ability.

Auditory
Do you hum or talk to yourself when you are bored? You may be classified as an auditory learner. People in this category learn primarily through hearing. They have an increased capability to understand and remember information through sound. As an auditory leaner you are more likely to understand spoken instructions than written ones.

Tips for auditory learners:
Sit where you can hear
Have your hearing checked on a regular basis
Study new material by reading it out loud

Visual
Are you easily distracted by sounds? Perhaps you are a visual leaner. This group learns through reading and seeing pictures. Visual learners have a tendency to close their eyes in order to store pictures in their memory or recall information. Colour and imagery appeal to visual learners as opposed to spoken instructions.

Tips for visual learners:
Try to visualize things that you hear or things that are read to you
Write down key words, ideas, or instructions
Draw pictures to help explain new concepts and then explain the pictures
Color code things

Tactile
Do you speak with your hands? The tactile learner, learns mainly through touching and doing. The term "hands-on" best describes those in the tactile group. They learn through activities like building and drawing. As a tactile learner, you like to take things apart and put things together. You can easily remember things that were done but may have difficulty remembering what you saw or heard in the process.

Tips for tactile learners:
Chew gum, walk around, or rock in a chair while reading or studying
Trace words with your finger to learn spelling
Use a computer to reinforce learning through the sense of touch

Do you want to know your learning style? Go to the Education Planner website and complete the questionnaire.

By Cindy Payle - Portal Publishing

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