Learning Styles

Learning Styles 

The Visual Modality

The visual learner remembers 75% of what the read or see.

Demonstrations from the blackboard, diagrams, graphs and charts are all valuable tools for the visual learner.

Generally, analytic visual learners will process the printed word before iconic (pictorial) information.

Generally, global visual learners will process iconic (pictorial) information before reading the printed text.


Learning Styles 

The Auditory Modality

The auditory learner MUST HEAR things for them to have the best chance of learning.

Only 30% of the general school-age population is auditory.

Generally, the auditory learner will remember 75% of what they hear in a lecture.

Using the auditory modality is the most difficult way to learn new material.


Learning Styles 

The Tactile – Kinaesthetic Modality

The tactile-kinaesthetic learner must DO things for them to have the best chance of learning.The tactile-kinaesthetic learner remembers best the things they experience.

Kinaesthetic learning involves use of the whole body rather than just hands-on.

Getting information from written materials or by listening is not as easy as aforementioned methods.

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Traits of the Analytical Thinker:

  • Tend toward the linear, step-wise processes of learning.
  • Tend to see finite elements (details) of patterns rather than the whole; they are the tree seers rather than forest seers
  • Tend to be more comfortable in a world of details and structured information.
  • Make decisions based on logic, facts and common sense.
  • Like to work in an organized environment.
  • Like to do one thing at a time.
  • Learn best when information is presented sequentially (step-by-step).
  • Speak with few gestures.
  • Prefer quiet, well-lit, formal environmental design.
  • Have a strong need to complete the task they are working on.
  • Respond well to words and numbers.
  • Need visual reinforcement.
  • Tend to give directions and underline or highlight important information.
  • Give details in their feedback.
  • Are said to have left-brain dominance (Roger Sperry).

Will tend to say things like:

  • Should I use a pen or pencil?
  • Is this going to be in the test?
  • When is this due in?
  • Can I have more time?
  • What should I do first?
  • Can you check my work/draft/plans?
  • Is this how you do it?
  • What do you think of this?



Traits of the Global Thinker:

  • Tend to make decisions based on emotions and intuition.
  • Prefer working in an informal, less structured, more flexible environment.
  • Tend to be spontaneous and like spontaneity.
  • Enjoy doing several things at once.
  • Learn best when information is presented with humour or emotion, a short anecdote.
  • Speak with many gestures.
  • Tend to learn the general idea first, then look at the details.
  • Can work well with distractions.
  • Tend to take frequent breaks.
  • Tend to need lessons which are interesting to them on a personal level.
  • Discover well through group learning (small group techniques).
  • Need written and tactile involvement.
  • Respond well to pictures.
  • Are said to have right-brain dominance (Roger Sperry).

Will tend to say things like:

  • Why are we doing this?
  • Can I do it later?
  • I need a break.
  • I can’t work when it’s quiet.
  • Can I work with (another student or group of students)?

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