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Recognizing Learning Styles

Recognizing Learning Styles


Recognizing preferred learning styles can be tricky!

We have included a list of characteristics of the many different learning styles so you can see what category your child falls under , and given several ideas on how to help them thrive.


Characteristics of Auditory Learners:

  • Learn best through verbal lectures, discussion, talking things through, and listening to what others have to say

  • Seldom takes notes or writes things down

  • Often repeats what has just been said

  • Talks to self

  • Hums or talks to himself/herself or others when bored

  • Acquires knowledge by reading aloud


Characteristics of Visual Learners:

  • Like and understands charts

  • Remember faces

  • Like to read

  • Would rather watch than talk or do

  • Like to doodle on their paper


Characteristics of Kinesthetic Learners:

  • Wiggle, tap their feet, move their legs when sitting.

  • Good with tools and drawing

  • Have a good sense of timing and body movement

  • Enjoys learning with manipulatives

  • Need to be active and take frequent breaks

  • Doodle on paper while processing information


My prefered learning style:


My child’s prefered learning style:


Study Tips for different learning styles:

Auditory Style Study Tips

  • Study in groups and talk things out

  • Get a small tape recorder

  • Record lectures, tutoring and study groups (makes a verbal record for review)

  • Reduce lecture notes to main ideas (3:1) and put them on tape

  • Read texts out loud or into recorder

  • Listen to lecture/text tapes while driving

  • Dictate papers, to be typed later

  • Read questions aloud

  • Work out problems aloud

  • Sit in the front of the class

  • Learn by participating in class discussions and debates

  • Make speeches and presentations

  • Create musical jingles or mnemonics to aid memorization

  • Use verbal analogies and storytelling to demonstrate your point

  • Read explanations out loud

  • To learn a sequence of steps, write them out in sentences, then read them aloud

  • Explain ideas to other people

  • Recite, recite, recite

  • Discuss your ideas verbally whenever possible, even if you’re having a conversation with yourself!


Kinesthetic Style Study Tips

  • Let them move when possible.  If you were quizzing a student on sight words, for example, you could place flash cards around the room and let them move to the word that you say.

  • Draw charts or diagrams of relationships.

  • Use a silly pointer for them to guide their reading.

  • Write, copy, underline and highlight with bright colors.

  • Trace spelling words and facts to aid in memory.

  • Retype notes on the computer.

  • Mold models out of clay

  • Flash cards

  • Work in a standing position

  • Brainstorm while walking

  • Chew a different flavor of gum with each subject you study.

  • Hold silly putty in one hand to manipulate while studying.

  • Use musical rhythms for memorization patterns.

  • Rearrange items physically by moving flashcards around.

  • Act things out (use gestures)


Visual Style Study Tips

  • Take lecture notes

  • Underline, highlight, or circle printed material

  • Borrow others’ notes, compare to own

  • Draw pictures in notes to illustrate ideas

  • Use a variety of colors-in pens, highlighters, note cards, etc. for different categories or concepts

  • After reading, review notes or underlined material to reinforce learning

  • Write it out!

  • Use outlines, pictures, graphs, charts and diagrams

  • Use a plastic cover with erasable markers to label diagrams over and over, or to test yourself writing answers to questions

  • Visualize spelling of words or facts to be memorized

  • Test yourself by visualizing main ideas or questions and write the details or answers

  • Read black and white text and convert information into pictures, maps, diagrams, sketches, lists, etc.

  • Make mind maps to look at spatial relationships

  • Rewrite or redraw things from memory

  • Look at professors and others when they talk to help you focus and to pick up on body language

  • Make and use flashcards for studying (vocabulary, formulas, condensed notes, etc.)

  • Use computers to organize material and to create graphs, tables, charts

  • Study in a quiet place away from verbal disturbances

  • Make your study area visually appealing


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