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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Understanding the Learning Styles and Strategies of an Individual

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By George Tee

Throughout the years, scholars have studied the learning styles and strategies of an individual. Several books had already been published explaining the way how a person can learn and retain information base on what he/she can see, hear, and touch. The main thing that concerns about these books is to guide the reader on how they can formulate good learning strategies appropriately to their learning styles.

The learning styles of a person have been categorized by experts into three types namely: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. We will give you more details so it would be easy for you to understand each of these types plus the appropriate strategies to cope well on every situation.

Are you learning more based on visual images like pictures, drawings, and other graphical presentations? Do you prefer to read your books and class notes in a quiet place or solemn room? If yes, then you belong to the visual learners. As a visual learner, you can use mediums like using color coding on every class notes and books you read. This will easily help you to absorb the most important information you should remember, especially if you are reviewing for your class exams. Highlighter pens will be your instrument in doing this. Flash cards and "stick it notes" are also effective as a visual reminder, make them always visible as your guide.

Conversely, auditory or verbal learners are those persons who can easily catch-up from group discussions, lectures, listening on audio recordings, and repeating the words out loud to themselves. Being a verbal learner, you should set-up regular group discussions with your selected friends or classmates for your review lessons. Always bring with you any recording devices such as tape recorder so you can record every lectures and class discussions. Or jot down important key phrases from the lectures then you can repeat it loud to yourself when reviewing your lessons.

Furthermore, the kinesthetic or also called as "tactile" learners are those individuals who simply learn on actual or hands-on applications, demonstrations, and field works. Tactile learners are mostly physically active. They often spend more of their time in the school laboratory and apply what they have learned from lectures and discussions. If you are this kind of learner, develop a scheme for yourself that will involve most of your senses (sight, hearing, touch) and be active in every class discussions and participate in every hands-on activities or field works.

Whatever type of learner you are, the most important thing you should keep in mind that learning will mostly come from experience, correspondingly to what you see, hear, and touch.

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