Saturday, August 15, 2015

Fleming's VAK model is a widely respected model of learning style theory. It describes three types of learning styles: visual, auditory and kinesthetic or tactile learning styles.

Not sure of your learning style? Try this learning style self-assessment.

Tips for Visual Learners

If you are a visual learner, you will learn best when information is presented in the form of a graph, chart, picture or text on a page or screen. You need to see the information.

To increase your chances of memorizing information, find a way to test yourself with visual clues. Flash cards work well for visual learners especially if you introduce colour coding and images with the words. For example, say you need to memorize a bunch of medical terms. Create flash cards that have the term on one side plus an image. On the other side of the card, define the term. When you work through the pile - look at the image/term and ask yourself the definition. If you get it right, put it in the right pile. If you get it wrong, put it in the wrong pile. Once you are through the pile, take the wrong pile and cycle through it creating new right and wrong piles. Continue to work through the wrong pile until it doesn't exist anymore i.e. they are all in the right pile!

Colour coding is also a great tool for visual learners. Introduce colour wherever you can to help you retain information and stay organized. There are many wonderful colourful office supplies that could really add to your efficiency and information retention.

To work through a problem, especially one with sequential steps, creating a flow chart will help your brain sort out the best solutions. Another problem solving and idea processing tool is a mind map. Mind mapping documents a flow of ideas that branch from the central issue. Checklists are another helpful tool to organize visual learners.Tips for Auditory Learners

Tips for Auditory Learners

If you are an auditory learner, you will learn best when information is presented in a lecture, teleconference or presentation. You need to hear the words to understand them. You'll remember a person's voice more than their appearance or name on a piece of paper.

To increase your chances of memorizing information, read it out loud or have someone else read it to you. Talking books are designed for the visually impaired or for those who want to learn as they drive but they are also great for auditory learners. Another memory tool for auditory learners is to create songs or jingles containing the information you need to memorize.

Recording devices are must-have learning tools for visual learners. Use a voice recorder to practice or create an auditory record of information you need to learn. Voice recorders are also handy for recording ideas, solutions to problems and new strategies. Videos will also help you learn, not the pictures, but the sound track.

To work through problems, you may catch yourself talking about it to friends, family or anyone who will listen. You love brainstorming sessions and discussions Music editing software as they help you to understand the issues and creatively problem solve.

Choose training that is presented as lectures or teleconferences. Record lectures for future play back and review. Coordinate and/or participate in study groups where you discuss the concepts you are learning.Tips for Tactile or Kinesthetic learners

Tips for Kinesthetic or Tactile Learners

If you are a kinesthetic or tactile learner, you will learn best when learning takes the form of doing. You need to get your hands dirty and dive right in order to grasp the new concept.



To increase your chances of memorizing information, find a way to make your learning more active. Creating or using games, computer software, puzzles and other hands-on activities will help you to learn through doing. Like visual learners, drawing flow charts and mind maps are useful tools but it is the act of creating them that will cause learning, not the visual tool in the end.

Experimentation is how kinesthetic or tactile learners learn. They try things using past experience as a foundation and see how it turns out. If you learn from hands-on manipulation, introduce experimentation where possible and learn from any mistakes. Taking calculated risks is where you'll shine.

Avoid lectures and look for online learning opportunities, especially online courses that utilize multi-media interactivity such as self-assessment quizzes. If you do choose in-person training, look for classes that have labs or other active forms of training (simulations, projects etc.).



Keeping organized may a big challenge for you as your priority is to keep doing, not to stop and organize. Try to find ways to make your organization active. Purchase filing cabinets on wheels, label makers, sorting systems/supplies and create databases to store valuable information. Form and colour are not as important to you as function is so look for office supplies and tools that are designed to be highly functional.

Determining your learning style and then creating learning opportunities or study habits that work with your learning styles will enhance your retention and understanding of new concepts.

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