3 What’s a Learning Style? Have you found yourself asking for the teacher’s directions to be repeated?Sometimes do things just not stick?What’s going on? Is something wrong?
4 What’s a Learning Style? There’s Good News and Bad News!Good News is, there is probably nothingwrong with you! Bad News is you will have to do some homework to figure out the best way to do your homework!Truth is, everybody’sbrain is different, andeach brain prefers to takein information in a particular way
5 What’s a Learning Style? Some students rememberBest materials they’ve seen,some remember thingsthey’ve heard, while othersremember thingsthey’ve experienced!
6 How Does Your Brain Work? People view problems or new information in 2 different ways:They see a big pictureThey see a group of little partsExample: Some history students will think of the Civil War as one large event with a series of battles and a specific outcome. Others will see it as a series of specific events and will remember battle places, individual victories, etc…
7 Which Way is Better?Neither way is better. However, by understanding your learning style, you may understand why you find yourself reading and not understanding!
8 How Can You Determine Your Learning Style? Understand the characteristics of each type of learner and which one(s) you identify with the most!
10 Visual Learner Characteristics Is good at spelling but forgets namesNeeds quiet study timeHas to think awhile before understanding lectureIs good at spellingLikes colors & fashionDreams in colorUnderstands/likes chartsIs good with sign language
11 Auditory Learner Characteristics Likes to read to self out loudIs not afraid to speak in classLikes oral reportsIs good at explainingRemembers namesNotices sound effects in moviesEnjoys musicIs good at grammar and foreign languageReads slowlyFollows spoken directions wellCan’t keep quiet for long periodsEnjoys acting, being on stageIs good in study groups
12 Kinesthetic Learner Characteristics Is good at sportsCan’t sit still for longIs not great at spellingDoes not have great handwritingLikes science labStudies with loud music onLikes adventure books, moviesLikes role playingTakes breaks when studyingBuilds modelsIs involved in martial arts, danceIs fidgety during lectures
13 Why is it Important to Know My Learning Style? Research shows that students can perform better on tests if they change study habits to fit their own personal learning styles.Ex. Visual Learners will sometimes struggle during essay exams because they can’t recall test material that was “heard” in a lecture!
14 What Can You Do?If that same visual learner uses a visual aid when studying, like a colorful outline of test materials, he/she may retain more information.For this type of learner, visual tools improve the ability to recall information more completely.
15 Visual Learner Suggestions Draw a map of events in history or draw scientific processMake outlines of everything!Copy what’s on the boardAsk the teacher to diagramDiagram sentencesTake notes, make listsWatch videosColor code words, research notesOutline readingUse flashcardsUse highlighters, circle words, underlineBest Types ofTests DiagrammingReading mapsEssaysShowing a processWorst Types of Tests Listen and respond tests
16 Auditory Learner Suggestions Use word associations to remember facts and linesRecord lecturesWatch videosRepeat facts with eyes closedParticipate in group discussionsUse audiotapes for language practiceTape notes after writing themBest Types ofTests Writing responses to lecturesOral examsWorst Types of Tests Reading passages and writing answers about them in a timed test
17 Kinesthetic Learner Suggestions Studying in short blocksTaking lab classesRole PlayingTaking field trips, visiting museumsStudying with othersUsing memory gamesUsing flash cards to memorizeBest Types ofTests Short definitionsFill-insMultiple ChoiceWorst Types of Tests Long TestsEssays