Using Your Learning Style
Everyone learns in different ways. Some people prefer hearing information, while others prefer to see things written out. Some people like to talk about ideas, while others prefer to think about it on their own. Some people prefer to learn details first, while others prefer a big picture first and then the details. Some people are best at math, while others excel at music. Most people have a mix of styles or have different styles for different situations. No one way to learn is right or best.
It is helpful to understand your own preferred learning styles so you can be aware of what learning conditions work best for you. You can then help create those learning conditions when you study and try to chose courses that will work well for you. It is also helpful to be aware of what other learning styles exist, so you can be patient when your professors use styles that can help other students. Otherwise you’ll just think it’s a big waste of time.
Visual-Auditory-Kinesthetic Learning Styles
One of the most commonly recognized ways to look at learning styles is the VAK system. This separates learners into those who prefer to receive information visually (by seeing), auditorily (by hearing), or kinesthetically (by touch or movement). It is useful to know which styles you prefer so you can use your strengths and strengthen the areas where you are weaker. The most effective learners are able to receive information in all three ways.