What’s Your ‘Learning Style’ – Visual, Auditory or Tactile?

Learning StyleEveryone has a unique style of learning. Some can learn better by reading the text over and over again while others can grasp quickly if they view the text and write it simultaneously while yet others are hands-on learners who can learn better with the help of flow charts and drawings or by any kind of physical activity such as moving, building or touching. Here is a look at the three learning styles in detail:

  • Auditory Learning

Auditory Leaning involves the use of voice recordings, musical notes, chants or any other sort of auditory technique. Auditory learners are able to grasp information and retain it for long if it is reinforced via sound. Such students tend to prefer listening to lectures rather than studying on their own. During self studies apart from listening to voice recordings and voice notes, auditory learners read the text out loud to hear it and retain it.

Here are a few unique qualities of auditory learners:

  1. They are usually good at explaining things.
  2. They don’t hesitate in asking questions in the class.
  3. They are good at remembering names.
  4. They love music.
  5. They can memorise lines for a play or skit easily and enjoy acting on the stage.
  • Visual Learning

This is a learning style in which information is usually linked with images. As the name suggests, visual learners grasp information by viewing it. They tend to remember what they read rather than what they hear in the class. During lectures, they can understand and memorise things better by reading what’s written on the chalkboard rather than listing to the lecturer. They mostly have a habit of taking notes during the lectures to read them later.

Here are a few unique qualities of visual learners:

  1. They prefer reading stories rather than listening to them.
  2. They make use of colours to organize information.
  3. They mostly remember faces but forget names.
  4. They are good with maps.
  5. They like to keep their surroundings tidy and remain organized.
  • Tactile Learning

Also referred to as kinaesthetic learning, this involves learning through experience. Tactile learners are good at identifying movements. They can memorise things once they have acted them out. They tend to have a short attention span and thus prefer studying for short periods at a time.

Here are a few unique qualities of tactile learners:

  1. They can’t sit still for long.
  2. They generally do not have good handwriting.
  3. They like role playing.
  4. They tend to get uneasy and lose interest during lectures.
  5. They are good at building models.

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