When we want to learn something, we tend to do it in 3 ways: by listening, by watching or reading, and by putting things together with our hands. Knowing the way you learn best may help you with your studying techniques.
Put a check mark beside the statements that best apply to you.
- I like reading books with pictures and graphs better than books without illustrations.
- I notice details, errors, scruffy shoes, and missing buttons on clothes.
- I would rather read than have someone read to me.
- I doodle or draw with some detail.
- I like seeing how a task is done before trying it.
- I have trouble following verbal directions.
- I prefer classes in which teachers use visual aids such as videos, smartboards, projectors, and virtual reality.
- I rarely participate in class discussions.
- When someone gives me a complicated problem, I prefer to see it on paper rather than hear about it.
- When I need to remember where I left something, I visualize where I last placed it.
If you’re a visual learner, you learn best by seeing. You prefer to read material, watch videos, observe demonstrations, and use computers. You probably use note-taking techniques as a study aid.
- When learning something, I like to sit back, listen and absorb what is being said.
- I would rather learn about what’s going on in the world by listening to the news than by reading about it.
- I learn best when I can discuss my ideas with others.
- I have difficulty with spelling.
- I need an explanation to understand charts, graphs, or maps.
- To learn material, I talk about it in my head or say it to myself out loud.
- When I learn something new, I would rather listen to a recording of the material than read about it.
- I like to talk about what needs to be done before actually doing it.
- Listening to music is one of my favourite pastimes.
- I am a good verbal communicator.
If you’re an auditory learner, you learn best by hearing. You prefer to learn through lecture and discussion. Your study aids are probably audio recordings and talking out loud.
- Learning has more meaning for me when I get a chance to try out what I've learned.
- I remember activities better if I’ve taken part in them.
- I prefer classes in which I am actively doing something.
- I like to write on blackboards, whiteboards, or flip charts.
- I take a lot of notes during lectures.
- I would rather participate in an activity than watch others do it.
- I feel confined in a classroom.
- I tend to be clumsy or fidgety.
- I like to set up equipment—l hooking up a computer to a projector or setting up speakers.
- I rub my hands along the railing while in the lunch line or walking down hallways.
If you’re a kinesthetic learner, you learn best by doing. You prefer to learn through hands-on activities and trial and error. Your study aids are probably games, flash cards and practice techniques.
Which learning style is yours?
Add up the number of check marks under each style. Your preferred learning method will most likely be the one with the most statements checked off.
Once you know your learning style, you can pick the study habits that will help you succeed.