Many people recognize that each person prefers different learning styles and techniques. Learning styles group common ways that people learn. Everyone has a mix of learning styles. Some people may find that they have a dominant style of learning, with far less use of the other styles. Others may find that they use different styles in different circumstances. There is no right mix. Nor are your styles fixed. You can develop ability in less dominant styles, as well as further develop styles that you already use well.
You prefer using words, both in speech and writing. The verbal style involves both the written and spoken word. If you use this style, you find it easy to express yourself, both in writing and verbally. You love reading and writing. You like playing on the meaning or sound of words, such as in tongue twisters, rhymes, limericks and the like. You know the meaning of many words, and regularly make an effort to find the meaning of new words. You use these words, as well as phrases you have picked up recently, when talking to others.
If you are a verbal learner, try the techniques that involve speaking and writing. Find ways to incorporate more speaking and writing in techniques. For example, talk yourself through procedures in the simulator, or use recordings of your content for repetition. Scripting is also powerful for you. You dont just have to write them down. Record your scripts using a tape or digital audio recorder (such as an MP3 player), and use it later for reviews. Listen to books on CD. Study in groups to hear what the other classmates have to say.
You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems. If you use the logical style, you like using your brain for logical and mathematical reasoning. You can recognize patterns easily, as well as connections between seemingly meaningless content. This also leads you to classify and group information to help you learn or understand it.
While you study, create and use lists by extracting key points from your material. You may also want to use statistics and other analysis to help you identify areas you may want to concentrate on. Keep these lists on a portable device (iPod, tablet, etc.). Download Sudoku or other math app/games to keep your brain sharp.
You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding. If you use the visual style, you prefer using images, pictures, colors, and maps to organize information and communicate with others. You can easily visualize objects, plans and outcomes in your minds eye. You also have a good spatial sense, which gives you a good sense of direction. You can easily find your way around using maps, and you rarely get lost. When you walk out of an elevator, you instinctively know which way to turn.
Some students rely upon a visual learning style: "Show me and Ill understand." Visual learners benefit from diagrams, charts, pictures, films, and written directions. Whiteboards are a favorite of the visual learner. Most computers have operating systems that enable the student to make diagrams and graphs. With the use of your cell phone or other device a student can take a picture and then email it to themselves for later review. Watch youtube videos to see how things are done. Or even watch the videos of many different people teaching something so that you can visualize it in many different ways.
You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch. Bodily kinesthetic learning styles, or intelligence, refer to a persons ability to process information through the hand and body movement, control, and expression.
Use physical objects as much as possible. Physically touch objects as you learn about what they do. Flashcards can help you memorize information because you can touch and move them around. Use an iPad to play these games. Use an atheletic game to learn and score points as you go. Find an interactive video game (like the Kinect) to learn information.
You prefer using sound and music. You notice the music playing in the background of movies, TV shows and other media. You have a good sense of pitch and rhythm.
Use sound recordings to provide a background and help you get into visualizations. For example, use a recording of an aircraft engine running normally, playing loudly via a headset, to practice flight procedures. Use a recording of the sound of wind and water when practicing sailing routines. The internet is full of sound bytes and clips to help you make mnemonics. Keep music that either gets you pumped up for a project or calms you down before a test on your mp3 player.
You prefer to learn in groups or with other people. You typically prefer learning in groups or classes, or you like to spend much one-on-one time with a teacher or an instructor. You heighten your learning by bouncing your thoughts off other people and listening to how they respond. You prefer to work through issues, ideas and problems with a group.
Utilize chat groups or other areas on the web where students can bounce ideas off each other. Aim to work with others as often as possible/attend study groups.
You prefer to work alone and use self- study. You can concentrate well, focusing your thoughts and feelings on your current topic. You like to make plans and set goals.
Keep a log or journal. Input info into your laptop or iPad to keep your notes. Always have your study material (or iPad, laptop, etc) nearby for when you want to be alone and study. Many novelists are intrapersonal learners and like to work on their own and formulate their own ideas.
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