Do you learn best with the radio on?
Do you switch from a book to your favorite TV program while studying for an exam the next day?
Are you the type who picks up a colored highlighter now and then to underline an important part of a book or notebook?
Are you into lots of note taking and hands-on experiments?
Or do you remember more if you pace the room or go out for a walk now and then?
Not all of us learn the same way. It’s different strokes for different folks, even when it comes to learning.
This is because people have different learning styles. They may be aural, visual, tactile and kinesthetic.
Visual learners love highlighting important parts of a text in color. They like to make bullet lists and learn more when descriptive words are used. Pie charts, infographics and diagrams work well with them. Around 60 per cent of students fall under this category.
They remember faces but not names.
Auditory learners are the types who listen to music when studying. They thrive on everything verbal — reciting information out loud again and again, group discussions, listening to recordings, spoken instructions, etc. They remember names but not faces.
So let them sing along, play a musical instrument, record voices, etc. They’ll learn more in no time at all!
Tactile learners love feeling things — a pen, pieces of paper, the subject of an experiment. Let them take down lots of notes, doodle, and be hands-on in projects, demos and lab experiments. Let them handle puzzles, Lego blocks and soft clay or play dough, and solve Rubik’s Cubes. Allow them to tinker with engines, get down and dirty fixing pipes and others.
The key is to let them touch things to make them learn faster.
Finally, kinesthetic learners are the ones who love to get physical and stay active. They have so much energy, long lectures bore them. Give them lots of opportunities to exercise, dance, walk and move around. Physical games are great for these kinds of people. Their place of study must not be cramped with tables, chairs and other pieces of furniture. Light bean bags which they can move around are best for these types of learners.
Now, which of these four are you?