Learning Styles

learning styles

Every student is different. Knowing this we realize that every student learns in different ways. We have outlined a few ways to help yourself learn and study better based on your specific learning style.

Auditory Learning (Learning By Hearing)

A learning style in which a person learns through listening. An auditory learner depends on hearing and speaking as a main way of learning. Auditory learners must be able to hear what is being said in order to understand and may have difficulty with instructions that are drawn but if the writing is in a logical order it can be easier to understand. They also use their listening and repeating skills to sort through the information that is sent to them. Check out more information here (Wiki

Lecture Learning

  • listen to instructions and information given orally
  • sit towards the front of the room so you can hear well
  • sit away from doors, windows, and other sources of noise
  • as you take notes - repeat information to yourself

Study Learning

  • rehearse/repeat information out loud
  • study with a partner and take turns reading
  • if you prefer to study with music playing, choose something with no lyrics, keep the volume low
  • use rhymes or jingles to help remember important points
  • talk to yourself about textbook try to remember important terminology by thinking about how parts of the words sound

Kinesthetic Learning (Learning By Doing)

Also known as Tactile Learning, is a learning style in which learning takes place by the student carrying out a physical activity, rather than listening to a lecture or watching a demonstration. People with a preference for kinesthetic learning are also commonly known as "do-ers". Tactile/kinesthetic learners make up about five percent of the population. Get more information here (Wiki).

Lecture Tips

  • ask questions and participate in discussions whenever possible
  • take a small object (eg. stress-ball) to class to play with while the other takes notes
  • consider using a lap-top to take notes
  • choose course sections offering shorter and more frequent meetings

Study Tips

  • do something physical before you read or study
  • break reading tasks into small chunks
  • personalize the information – relate it to people
  • take regular, brief breaks to move around
  • use practice questions in the textbook
  • move a body part if it helps you concentrate
  • if you use your hands when talking, try using them when studying

Visual Learning (Learning By Seeing)

Visual learning is a teaching and learning style in which ideas, concepts, data, and other information are associated with images and techniques. Check out more information here (Wiki)

Lecture Tips

  • Complete readings before lectures
  • watch for key words to help organize notes
  • choose a location where you can see the instructor and all visual aids well
  • sit away from potential distractions
  • try to listen and write down what you hear;ask the instructor if other visual information is available (eg. course web site, lecture outline)

Study Tips

  • minimize visual distractions in your study space
  • make an outline of key facts and terms
  • write down problems and/or questions and practice writing solutions and/or responses
  • try to remember important terminology by looking for parts of the word you already know
  • highlight notes so all information relating to one topic is in the same color category
  • draw boxes or circles around terms/ concepts and show how they are related to one another
  • rehearse/repeat information out loud
  • study with a partner and take turns reading
  • if you prefer to study with music playing, choose something with no lyrics, keep the volume low
  • use rhymes or jingles to help remember important points
  • talk to yourself about textbook try to remember important terminology by thinking about how parts of the words sound