Resources for Learning Styles

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Take this quiz to determine your learning style:

Do Some or All of These Sound Like You?

Visual Learners

  • Learn by reading or seeing pictures, charts and diagrams
  • Understand information through sight – picture what you view in your head later
  • Takes detailed notes and may use drawings instead of text
  • Like to sit at the front of the class to see information up close
  • Often close eyes to visualize or remember something
  • You are attracted to color and to spoken language (like stories) rich in imagery.
Study Strategies
  • Draw or outline the information you need to remember
  • Write down keywords, ideas, or instructions.
  • Color code, highlight, circle and underline words in your notes
  • Use flashcards to help visualize
  • Draw pictures/diagrams to help explain new concepts and then explain the pictures.
Big Takeaway
  • Remember that you need to see things, not just hear things, to learn well.

Auditory Learners

  • Learn by hearing and listening
  • Understand and remember things heard
  • Store information by the way it sounds
  • Easier time understanding spoken instructions than written ones
  • Learn by reading out loud because you have to hear it or speak it in order to know it.
  • Tend to repeat things aloud
  • Prefer to hear, rather than read, information
Study Strategies
  • Read flashcards or note cards out loud
  • Read stories, assignments, or directions out loud.
  • Record lectures or notes and then listen to recording
  • Study new material by reading it out loud
  • Participate in group discussions
Big Takeaway
  • Remember that you need to hear things, not just see things, in order to learn well.

Tactile Learners

  • Learn by doing and solving real-life problems
  • “Hands-on” learner who prefers to touch, move, build, or draw what they learn
  • Learn better when some type of physical activity is involved.
  • Understand and remember things through physical movement
  • Often speak with hands and with gestures
  • Easily remember things that were done but may have difficulty remembering what you saw or heard in the process.

Study Strategies

  • Participate in activities that involve touching, building, moving, or drawing.
  • Do lots of hands-on activities like completing art projects, taking walks, or acting out stories.
  • Chew gum, walk around, or rock in a chair while reading or studying.
  • Use flashcards and arrange them in groups to show relationships between ideas.
  • Tap a pencil, shake your foot, or hold on to something while learning.
  • Use a computer to reinforce learning through the sense of touch.

Big Takeaway

  • Remember that you learn best by doing, not just by reading, seeing, or hearing.


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