Learning Style Categories
People who have
a visual learning style learn best if a major component of the material
or lesson is something they can see or watch. This learner works best
with written material and instructions, diagrams, posters, and demonstrations.
The information which the visual learner takes in is translated into
and stored as pictures or images in their brains. These learners are
usually neat and well organized. They may use statements with visual
cues such as "I get the picture". Unnecessary movement can
be a distraction to a visual learner.
style will work well for anyone wanting to do course work via distance
education. Although technology is now allowing for more auditory components,
the written component in distance learning is still prevalent whether
it be through text books, web sites, conference boards or e-mail. Distance
education allows the learners to control their learning environment
making it more conducive to their learning.
suit the visual learner would include executive positions where a vision
of the future is important, architects, engineers, and surgeons.
People who have
an auditory learning style learn best if there is an oral component
to the material being learned. Verbal instructions, taped lectures and
face to face instruction work best. These learners filter the information
they hear and store the relevant data but don't necessarily form pictures
around it. When problem solving, auditory learners prefer to "talk
it out". While talking they may use phrases which relate to how
they learn such as "I hear you". Unnecessary noise can be
a distraction for the auditory learner.
type of learner could have more difficulty with distance education than
an auditory learner, it is still possible to be successful. Some distance
education courses have audio and/or video taped components. These learners
could read materials aloud or have it read to them. Also they can control
their learning environment thereby avoiding unnecessary distracting
Because of their
excellent listening skills, auditory learners would make excellent pathologists,
disc jockeys, and musicians.
People who have
a kinesthetic or tactile learning style learn best when they can touch
or feel what they are learning about. The use of their body and feelings
are very important to these learners so hands-on projects work best
for them. Kinesthetic learners do not always have a good time sense
or sense of orderliness or neatness. They often live for the moment
and do not have a vision of the future. Kinesthetic learners will often
speak of their learning in terms of feelings, prefacing statements with
"I feel". People with this learning style will have a tendency
to move around while trying to solve a problem.
will have the most difficulty with the "typical" written distance
education course. They need to look for courses which are more project
oriented where course content can be learned by doing it or using it.
Learning in their own space will allow for the desire for movement as
there will be no expectation of sitting still for an extended period
for people with this learning style should be anything which involves
movement and their body such as dancing, acting, construction, or athletics.
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