Using Your Senses: What Kind of Learner Are You?

With four kids of my own, I can’t remember how many times I pulled some item out of the mouth of a babe.

By baby number four, I was less likely to freak out, knowing that kids learn by using all their senses and that the mouth is often one of their favorite. Through pre-school, the education experience includes tons of multi-modality approaches to learning. But for most children, by first grade, we expect that children will somehow transition into mostly visual or auditory learning styles.

But really, that may not be true.

Did you know that there are 3 types of learning styles?

Let me go back. Maybe you didn’t know that there are multiple ways that people best receive and process information. But for most of us we have a primary and secondary way of taking in information and when we use methods of acquisition that are compatible with that learning style we do much better in terms of understanding.

Now back to my point. Research has shown that there are three main learning styles. Auditory(hearing), visual, and kinesthetic(touch).

When I ran study skills groups for middle school students one of the first things I would do is offer them a learning style assessment. Having them answer questions about whether they remember things better by hearing or seeing them and how easily they can remember dance steps.

Sounds silly, huh?

These questions give you a score that corresponds with the learning style that is most likely to be the way you learn best. To take the quiz for yourself, take the Learning Style Assessment. Once you know how you learn best, below are a few strategies for each type of learner.

Auditory Learners
Record lectures or listen to books on tape.
Engage in discussions about key concepts.
Read notes out loud.

Visual Learners
Draw diagrams of concepts.
Take notes; study by rewriting or highlighting notes.
Review written notes often.

Kinesthetic Learners
Read or review notes while walking or riding a bike.
Use hands on study tools or computer programs to reinforce concepts.

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