Learning Styles

Learning Styles

Barbara Scheiber & Jeanne Talpers
In Unlocking Potential

Type Clues Learning Tips
Visual
  • Need to see it to know it
  • Strong sense of color
  • May have artistic ability
  • Difficulty with spoken directions
  • Overreaction to sounds
  • Trouble following lectures
  • Misinterpretation of words
  • Use of graphics to reinforce learning -- films, slides, illustrations, diagrams, doodles.
  • Color coding to organize notes and possessions.
  • Written directions.
  • Use of flow charts and diagrams for notetaking.
  • Visualizing facts or spelling of words.
Auditory
  • Prefers to get information by listening -- needs to hear it to know it.
  • Difficulty following written directions.
  • Difficulty with reading.
  • Difficulty with writing.
  • Inability to read body language and facial expressions.
  • Use of tapes for reading and for class and lecture notes.
  • Learning by interviewing or by participating in discussions.
  • Having test questions or directions read aloud or put on tape.
Haptic / Kinesthetic / Hands-On
  • Prefers hands-on learning.
  • Can assemble parts without reading directions.
  • Difficulty sitting still.
  • Learns better when physical activity is involved.
  • May be very well-coordinated and have athletic ability.
  • Experiential learning (making models, doing lab work, and role playing).
  • Frequent breaks in study periods.
  • Tracing letters and words to learn spelling and remember facts.
  • Use of computer to reinforce learning through sense of touch.
  • Memorizing or drilling while walking or exercising.
  • Expressing abilities through dance or drama.