You may have noticed that you may prefer to learn in a different way to those around you. For example, you may learn best from listening to an explanation, reading information or you may prefer watching a demonstration. This is a result of your learning preference or 'style'. Understanding your learning style will better inform your studies, improve your performance and help you maximise your academic potential.
Learning styles are the different ways in which people may learn, the ways in which they prefer to process and organise information. There are a number of learning styles, the principal ones being:
- Visual: sight
- Auditory: hearing
- Reading and Writing
- Kinaesthetic: involves doing things/moving and touching
It must be emphasised that there is not a hierarchy of learning styles and that you are very likely to use a range of styles. It is in your interest to realise which style you prefer, as this will enable you to make the most effective use of your revision time.