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Learning Styles

Learning by Seeing, Hearing and Doing

Learning styles is a theory that suggests people learn better using different methods of learning. We perceive information using our senses. The three most practical senses in learning environments are sight, hearing and touch. The VAK model categorizes these sensory methods of learning as Visual (V), Auditory (A) and Kinesthetic (K) learning styles.

While most people have a dominant learning style, nobody has just one learning style. Everyone uses each of the learning styles to some degree. Some are stronger in one style while others have even strength in all styles. The reality is that we all have a custom “learning style” that is, in varying degrees, a combination of Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic learning.

It is useful to know the strength of your learning styles as they relate to each other. This allows you to focus on maximizing your learning potential. Recognizing your strengths also helps you to seek learning opportunities that cater to your combination of learning style strengths. In recent years, many educators have started using knowledge of learning styles (and multiple intelligences) to improve teaching methods in order to reach learners of all types.

About the Learning Styles

A summary of each of the VAK learning styles is provided below. Take the Learning Styles Test to what your strongest learning style is.

Visual Learning
The Visual learning style is learning by seeing. You learn visually whenever you gain information from sight.
Auditory Learning
Auditory style is learning by hearing. Learners with strong auditory ability are able to hear and comprehend without missing much.
Kinesthetic/Tactile Learning
Kinesthetic style is learning by doing. You learn in this manner whenever you capture new information through physical activity.

You may also be interested in learning about Multiple Intelligences.