When it comes to learning (and not just learning through an online school, but in all forms), there are different “styles of learning.” And it’s really important to understand what your personal learning style is so that you can get the most out of your education.
In its most simplified form, there are three core learning styles: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.
We’ll go over each of these three learning styles and help you to get a quick overview of which one you might be.
Visual Learning Style – “Seeing”
As the name implies, visuals are an important part of the visual learning style. Visual learners often times take numerous, detailed notes in their lessons or about what they’re learning. They often feel the need to sit in the front of class (so that they can see what’s going on).
If you ask a visual learner to recall something, they probably have to close their eyes in order to help visualize and remember what happened in the past. If they get bored easily, they’ll more than likely shift towards visual to fill their time/boredom, like watching something on TV or on the computer.
In a classroom setting, visual learners gain incredible benefit from being able to see illustrations and presentations, especially those that use color. This helps them to understand the concepts through shapes, words, symbols, and other associations.
Situations that are ideal for visual learners are those that are more passive and less audibly and physically stimulating.
Auditory Learning Style – “Hearing”
You’ll find auditory learners sitting close enough to the instruction that they can clearly hear what’s going on, but they don’t necessarily need to see what’s happening front-and-center.
When auditory learners are bored, you’ll probably find them humming or talking to themselves and/or others, or they may be listening to music, podcasts, and there audio driven content to help them fill the time.
You can even find these kinds of learners reading books and other content aloud, which at times can help them to understand what they’re reading and further solidify what it is they want to engrain into their mind.
Kinesthetic Learning Style – “Feeling” or “Experiencing”
The kinesthetic learning style requires more first-hand experience and feeling with the lesson. Although a kinesthetic learner may be able to see and hear the lesson being presented, they will learn most effectively by being able to “experience” the lesson for themselves.
While this may be difficult within some lesson structures, finding any way to physically put yourself in a situation where you act out, perform, touch, feel, or otherwise experience the lesson can help these learners truly take in the information.
When a lesson involves physical materials and elements, you’ll find them tinkering with it as much as they can. They enjoy field trips that allow them to manipulate materials and physically explore objects and spaces in the environment.
In a setting where they may not have be able to physically touch or explore what’s being taught in the lesson, kinesthetic learners can experience in other ways: such as going through the motions in a mathematics lesson and repeating what’s been taught in a language lesson.
In short, visual learners need to see the lesson, auditory learners need to hear the lesson, and kinesthetic learners need to experience the lesson.
As you read about these three learning styles, is there one, or maybe parts of two, that really resonate with how you are? Think about what this could mean in your own education, especially online.