Adapting to Learning Styles

Individuals learn in one of three primary ways. Providing materials and presentations that address all of these styles will help ensure that every individual benefits from training.

Visual style learners

  • Learn through seeing
  • Pictures will often trigger their memory
  • Tend to draw or doodle
  • May sit at the front of the classroom
  • Think in pictures, learn best with visual displays

USE: films and videos, graphs, diagrams, cartoons tied to key ideas

Auditory style learners

  • Learn by hearing sounds and conversations
  • Often better at taking in and remembering what others have to say
  • Highly attuned to the nuances of speech such as tone, speed and inflection

USE: lectures, questions and answer sessions, debates, CDs, music

Kinesthetic style learners

  • Learn by tying ideas to feelings and sensations
  • Hands-on approaches often work best
  • May be easily distracted
  • May have trouble sitting for long periods of time
  • Desire physical activities and exploration

USE: role playing, real-life stories that convey emotion

Adapted from "Learning Styles Explained," LDPride.Net

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