Learning Styles

We process information from the outside world through our senses in three learning styles:

  • Visual - seeing
  • Auditory - saying/hearing
  • Kinesthetic - doing

Usually one of these is a dominant mode. This is the mode in which you learn most effectively.

Auditory mode thinker
  • are best with the spoken word, often eloquent and speak at a medium pace
  • remembers spoken instructions well
  • enjoy group discussions
  • can absorb information presented verbally.
  • at their best in face-to-face discussions or on the telephone
  • can easily be distracted by noise or other conversations - ear plugs are often useful

Auditory mode thinker should:

  • practise visualising
  • discuss written instructions and use someone else as a 'sounding board' by trying to explain the material back to them.
  • ask for a verbal explanation when presented with very visual information such as charts,
  • be aware that their written work may be dull
Visual mode thinker :
  • tend to speak quickly but inaccurately.
  • often fail to find the right word because they visualises everything at a faster pace than they can say it
  • are usually good at writing and organising
  • is less likely to get distracted by noisy or busy offices.
  • are likely to easily lose concentration in meetings or seminars
  • need an overall view of a problem before being able to work effectively.
  • can find non written information difficult to digest.

Visual mode thinker should:

  • make sure that they make notes using diagrams, flowcharts and Mindmaps.
  • get written information on a new subject rather than listen to it.
  • concentrate at verbal presentations and convert information into mental pictures to aid memory.
Kinaesthetic mode thinkers
  • are very physical
  • enjoy close contact
  • use gestures in their communication
  • tend to stand close to people they are talking to
  • is likely to talk slowly and deliberately
  • learn by doing
  • prefer action rather than words
  • respond well to physical reward.
  • may be poor listeners

Kinaesthetic mode thinker should

  • seek practical demonstrations
  • avoid sitting still when studying
  • act out scenarios either physically or mentally beforehand

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