Focus: Learning Styles

Did you know that we all have a personal learning style?

The different learning styles are Visual Learning, Auditory Learning, Kinaesthetic Learning

I would like a diagram to illustrate the following:

Visual Learners – Learn from seeing things written out, they also remember best what they have seen. You can picture what you are learning in your mind and you learn best by using methods that are primarily visual.


Learning suggestions: Draw maps/graphs, watch videos, make notes, use colour, use flash cards. Replace words with colours and image.


Ways to Enhance Retention

  • Take thorough notes
  • Go over new and old assignments and question papers
  • Reread and rewrite your notes
  • Make summaries of your notes
  • Create lists with key words and phrases to help you remember concepts
  • Use acronym mnemonics to assist in recall

Auditory Learners – Learn best through hearing things, rather than reading it or seeing it displayed. You understand and remember things you have heard.

Learning suggestions: Read/recite information out loud, listen to contact classes, repeat facts with eyes closed, taping notes after writing them.

Ways to Enhance Retention

  • Participate in discussions and debates
  • Read aloud
  • Memorise material
  • Listen to music while you go over material
  • Use jingles or rhymes to remember new material
  • Use mnemonic devices

Kinaesthetic Learners – Learn best by doing, experiencing it hands-on. They can also find walking back and forth while reading conducive to their learning.


Learning suggestions: Role playing, studying with others, taking trips/visiting a theatre, using memory games or flash cards.


Ways to Enhance Retention

  • Review and recite notes while doing other physical activities, such as walking, jogging or riding a stationary bike
  • Use role playing or mime games to act out subject material
  • Teach someone else the material
  • Turn lessons into art projects
  • Make graphs, pictures and maps to involve all the senses

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