Why you learn the way you do

 

learning style

We all have our own sense of style – fashion, décor, hairstyles. Our sense of style sets us apart from the masses – makes us unique in our own way. For the avant-garde, the sense of style is even more heightened and dramatic.

When it comes to how we learn, it is no different in terms of our style. Your learning style is the method by which you take in and retain knowledge.  There are many variations of learning styles but for purposes of this blog, I’ll use the acronym VARK – Visual, Auditory, Read/Write, Kinesthetic.

learning styles

 

As Training/Learning and Development Specialists, when we design and deliver programs, we have to appeal to a broad range within our audience base. We need to take the various learning styles into account.

Visual (V): Do you find that you remember information if presented as a graphic e.g. maps, graphs, flow charts? You are a visual learner.

Aural/Auditory (A): Do you have a preference for information that is spoken or heard e.g. podcasts, webchat, lectures? You are an auditory learner.

Read/Write (R): Do you prefer information that is displayed as words e.g. text-based materials, dictionaries? If you prefer reading and writing in all forms, you are a read/write learner.

Kinesthetic (K): Do you have a preference for doing things e.g. demonstrations, simulations, practicing, applications? You are a kinesthetic learner.

Of course, many of us, have multiple intelligences and we do not fall neatly in any one category. Personally, I am a visual and kinesthetic learner – I retain knowledge by pictures and hands on exercises.

What kind of learner are you?

Learning retention

I hear and I forget

                I see and I remember

                                I do and I understand

-Confucius

 

We retain:

10% of what we read  reading

20% of what we hear hear

30% of what we see see

50% of what we hear and seeeareye

70% of what we say say

90% of what we say and do mouthhands

Robert Kornikau and Frank McElroy