Suppose you and your friend John are in American history class, studying the events that led up to world war 1. Films and tapes of speeches about the period are in the school library. Since you love movies you get more out of watching the films. Since John prefer listening, he gets more out of listening to speeches. If you were to just listen to the speeches and John were to watch films, neither of you would fully understand what you are studying.
People think and learn differently. How do you learn? We all have two eyes, two ears, a nose but we look unique or special. People aren’t the same inside and they are not the same without either.
Everyone one has their own learning styles. you were born with yours and John was born with his. Different parts of everybody brain are – well, different!
Think of a person as a seesaw. It’s pretty unusual for someone to be perfectly level seesaw, with all the level of styles having the same strength or weight. For most of us, the seesaw is titled. Where it goes up, we have more learning strength, when it goes down we have less. We tilt one way or another but we all stay in the air because one-sided compensates for the other. It is important to know how you learn best, so you can do more of what works for you.
You can find clues about about how you learn best by looking for similarity in the things you like to do. You learn in many different ways and you have your own combinations of learning styles. Usually, you are comfortable doing a certain activities and you get more out of these activities because they match your learning styles.
FIVE LEARNING STYLES
There are styles Most people have at least one dominant style, but everyone uses a combination of learning styles, sometimes depending on the activities they are doing.
- EYES: if you like to watch movies and draw or paint or get involved in other activities i.e that rely on your eyes, you are probably a visual learner. Visual learners mainly use their eyes to learn.
- EARS: if you have rather listen to the radio than read the paper, if you like listening to music and/or lectures or participate in other activities that depend on your ears, you are probably an auditory learners. Auditory learners mostly use their ears to learn.
- IMAGE: if you make pictures or designs in your head as you are looking at or listening to something, you are learning through images. People who learn through images are usually global learners. These people like to see the whole picture and often don’t need to work through individual parts as sequential learners do.
- ORDER: if you like to do crossword puzzle, fill out forms, work maths problems or do others activities in an orderly way, you probably a sequential learner. A sequential learners need to put things in particular other so they can learn them.
DOING: if you you like to keep moving- whether it’s big- movement action such as doodling, playing instrument or needlework, you might learn best by motion and be a kinesthetic learner. Kinesthetic learners learn best when they keep their bodies or hands moving.
How do you remember…? You are meant to comment on this…
Imagine someone gives you a phone number, when paying attention what do you do to try to remember the number.
EYES: do you see the numbers in your head?
EARS: Do you say the numbers, perhaps over and over in your head
EYES AND EARS: do you do both?
DOINGS: do you write the numbers the air with your finger ?
IMAGE: do you make a picture of the numbers in your head?
ORDER: do you put the numbers in certain groupings ?
Comment on your learning styles below.