By knowing how you best learn and retain new information, you will find more effective ways of studying and ultimately become a more successful student!
The Auditory Learner
Auditory learners show a preference for aural information. They respond best to lecture-style formats of delivery that involve listening and talking. Auditory learners usually enjoy discussions, debates and talking to others, therefore study groups may be a great way to learn and revise for your course.
The Visual Learner
Visual learners will benefit most from visual stimuli, e.g., demonstrations, diagrams, graphs and written directions. Information presented spatially, with images is most useful for those who favour learning from visual cues. Video tutorials, e-presentations and discussion forums will most likely appeal to visual learners. Additionally, tools such as PowerPoint, Prezi and Mindmaps may be useful. Check out our How To guides to learn more about these tools.
The Tactile Learner
Tactile learners prefer practical, experiential education. As a result, tactile learners may struggle to concentrate in traditional learning environments. Study that involves role-play and incorporates movement will be more engaging for tactile learners. A degree such as a Bachelor of Design includes a hands-on approach in its content and delivery, and would therefore suit a tactile learner. Alternatively, as tactile learners are generally ‘doers’, studying a course such as a Bachelor of Education, which involves a practical aspect, may be perfect for this kind of learner.
You may recognise elements of all three components in yourself, but one probably stands above the rest. Being aware of which style of learning works best for you may help when deciding what to study, where to study and how to study.