In this tutorial from Bryan College Academic Support, we are going to talk about learning styles.
For you to be most successful in college, you need to discover your own unique learning style – and then study in the ways that work best for you.
Let’s take a moment to explore YOU and how you learn…
Visual learners learn best by seeing pictures, diagrams, or handouts.
You might be a visual learner if...
You give directions by drawing a map.
You spell words by imagining how they look in your mind.
You choose recipes by which pictures look best.
Aural or auditory learners learn best by listening to lectures or discussions.
You might be an aural learner if…
You like to talk about your interests.
You buy a product based on talking to the salesperson about its features.
You prefer that your doctor describe your health conditions to you.
Read/write learners learn best by engaging with words.
You might be a read/write learner if…
You read written instructions for computer programs.
You enjoy websites with lists and explanations.
You decide to read a book after quickly reading parts of it.
Kinesthetic or tactile learners learn best by moving, touching, and doing in projects and experiments.
You might be a kinesthetic learner if…
You prefer teachers who use demonstrations and practice sessions.
You choose a restaurant dish based on what you had there before.
You like using examples and stories in speeches to make them real and practical.
Remember, you are not limited to just one learning style!
Multimodal learners learn best through a combination of two or more learning styles, so try them all and see which ones work best for you!
Visual learners should study using pictures, posters, slides, diagrams, or graphs.
Most teachers will provide slides and images for visual learners.
Visual learners should also highlight their readings and notes, and draw symbols to help remember certain concepts.
Aural learners should be engaged in class discussions and meet with teachers, tutors, and other students to discuss course material.
They can also record lectures or read their notes aloud to study.
For written exams, they should imagine “speaking” the answers in their head.
Read/write learners should make lists, look up definitions, and study handouts and textbook readings.
They should also take notes in class, which can be rewritten or outlined in a different form to study for exams.
Kinesthetic learners should take every opportunity for hands-on laboratories and field trips that allow them to experiment, learn from trial and error, and build real-life models or collections.
They should also their teachers to provide real-world examples and applications of course concepts.
When taking an exam, kinesthetic learners should think back to these hands-on experiences and imagine how ideas can be applied in the real world.
I hope this tutorial has helped you discover a little bit more about your own unique learning style.
To read more about the learning styles, visit the VARK website.
You can get information on tutoring and academic support at the Bryan College AGS and Dual Enrollment Resources websites.
And if you have any questions, email Caroline Redmond, Coordinator of Academic Support.
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