What sort of learner are you?

Knowing how you learn can help with study methods - Dr Eddie
In my second article on transforming your Leaving Cert I aim to help you figure out what sort of learning preference you have.

In my second article on transforming your Leaving Cert I aim to help you figure out what sort of learning preference you have.

Even if you are not sitting exams you will be interested in figuring out your learning style.

Essentially there are three dominant styles: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic (movement) channels.

Learners use all three channels to record new information and experiences. If you know the dominant channel this defines the best way for you to learn new information.

In my transformation talks for leaving Certs in the The Opsrey Hotel, Naas, Monday, October 7 – The Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise, Wednesday October 9, The Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore, Tuesday October 15 (all commence at 7.30 – 9pm), I will help learners identify their learning channel as this will be key to giving them the matching study skills.

Students who know their learning style and match it with a particular study skill are at an advantage in an exam situation.

Auditory learners

Auditory learners often talk to themselves. They also may move their lips and read out loud. They may have difficulty with reading and writing tasks. They often do better talking to a colleague or a tape recorder and hearing what was said.

Tips

Use the survey, question, read, recite and review method

Include spoken activities, such as brainstorming, groups discussion.

Have the learners verbalise the questions.

Develop an internal dialogue between yourself and the learners.

visual learners

Visual learners have two sub-channels, linguistic and spatial. Learners who are visual-linguistic like to learn through written language. They remember what has been written down, even if they do not read it more than once. Learners who are visual-spatial usually have difficulty with the written language and do better with charts, demonstrations, videos, and other visual materials. They easily visualise faces and places by using their imagination and seldom get lost in new surroundings.

Tips

Include plenty of content in handouts to reread after the learning session.

Leave white space in handouts for note-taking.

Invite questions to help them stay alert in auditory environments.

Emphasize key points to cue when to takes notes.

Eliminate distractions.

kinesthetic learners

Kinesthetic learners do best while touching and moving. They tend to lose concentration if there is little or no external stimulation or movement. When listening to lectures they may want to take notes for the sake of moving their hands. When reading, they like to scan the material first, and then focus in on the details (get the big picture first). They typically use colour highlighters and take notes by drawing pictures, diagrams, or doodling.

Tips

Use activities that get the learners up and moving.

Use coloured markers to emphasize key points on flip charts or white boards.

Give frequent stretch breaks (brain breaks).

More detail at my Operation Transformation seminars, where I will provide students with study skills.