Learning Styles - Hackettstown School District

1.State whether you agree or
disagree with this statement-and tell
me WHY“Everyone learns the same way.”
 Be prepared to justify your answer.
 2. Why do you think it is important
to find out the best way that YOU
 3. How will this benefit you?
Learning Styles
The Learning Preference
What IS a Learning Style?
The way you learn
The way you process information
Individual-no right or wrong
Personality influences it
There are different learning styles
Your learning style can change over time
You may have a combination of learning
To sum it up-What is a Learning
Learning styles are simply different
approaches or ways of learning.
On your own, take the brief quiz to
see what your preferred learning
style is.
Learning Styles Assessment
What are Learning Styles?
Information enters your brain
three main ways: sight, hearing
and touch, which one you use
the most is called your Learning
Visual Learners learn by sight
Auditory Learners learn by
Kinesthetic Learners learn by
Visual Learners
Prefer to see information such as pictures,
diagrams, cartoons, demonstrations
Picture words and concepts they hear as
Easily distracted in lecture with no visual
Overwhelmed with intense visuals
accompanied by lecture
Benefit from using charts, maps, notes,
and flash cards when studying
Learning through seeing…
These learners need to see the teacher's body
language and facial expression to fully
understand the content of a lesson.
They tend to prefer sitting at the front of the
classroom to avoid visual obstructions (e.g.
people's heads).
They may think in pictures and learn best from
visual displays (handouts, etc).
During a lecture or classroom discussion, they
often prefer to take detailed notes to absorb the
Auditory Learners
Prefer to hear information spoken
Can absorb a lecture with little effort
May not need careful notes to learn.
Often avoid eye contact in order to
May read aloud to themselves
Like background music when they study
Learning through listening...
They learn best through verbal lectures,
discussions, talking things through and listening
to what others have to say.
Auditory learners interpret the underlying
meanings of speech through listening to tone of
voice, pitch, speed and other nuances.
Written information may have little meaning until
it is heard. These learners often benefit from
reading text aloud and using a tape recorder.
Often has talents in music and may concentrate
better with soft music playing in the background
Kinesthetic ( or Tactile) Learners
Prefer touch as their primary mode for taking in
In traditional lecture situations, they should write
out important facts
Likes to use the hands-on approach to learn
new material
Are generally good in math and science
Would rather demonstrate how to do something
rather than verbally explain it
Usually prefers group work more than others
Learning through , moving,
doing and touching...
Tactile/Kinesthetic persons learn best
through a hands-on approach,
actively exploring the physical world
around them.
They may find it hard to sit still for
long periods and may become
distracted by their need for activity
and exploration.
Discovering Your Own Learning Style
You started off class with the Learning Styles
Think about your favorite classes in high
school or college so far. What do they have
in common? Did you like…
• mastering facts?
• discussion? or working on your own?
• lecture? or pairing or grouping?
• hands-on activities?
How do you
think you learn?
Using Knowledge of Your
Learning Style
Knowing your learning style, both your
strengths and your weaknesses, can help
you study more effectively.
Build Strengths across the
Learning Styles
Make the best use of your
learning style.
Work harder in skills that
don’t come easily to you.
Be flexible and adaptable, try
new things and new ways.
Keep growing! Don’t be
easily satisfied!
Progress is
our most
Different Teaching Styles
Are they compatible with your learning style?
Lecture – teacher talks all period
Group discussion – teacher talks but
encourages discussion
Small groups – teacher aids (facilitates) group
Visual focus – teacher uses lots of visual aids
Verbal focus – words, words & more words
Logical sequence – teacher presents material in
a step-by-step, reasonable format
Random sequence – teacher jumps all over the
Make your learning style work
for you!
Once you have figured out the way
you learn, you will need to use
specific strategies to fit into your way
of learning.
For example-if you are a visual
learner, what could you use to help
you read a story on a handout given
to you for class?
You could…
You could use a highlighter when
reading a text passage. The bright
color would appeal to your artistic
sense and help you concentrate on
the reading.
No matter what your Learning Style is,
it’s very important to
Be involved in class – participate!
Link classroom experience to the outside world
Relate class concepts to your own life.
Ask questions.
Don’t get distracted – stay “on-task”
Keep an open mind: there are many ideas
beyond your own.
Using this as a tool to help
Everyone is able to learn. Even when
you feel that something is hard and
confusing, know that you are able to
figure it out using strategies that work
for you. Remember-there is always
another way!
You matter!! The more you are able to
understand your strengths and what
you are good at, the better you are
able to make a positive impact in your
own life and the life of others.