Every individual has a specific learning style that suits them and contributes to their ability to understand and complete the relevant activity. Understanding what your learning style is can benefit your learning process as once you identify your learning style you can study information in accordance with the best way your memory will retain the information and therefore, it will decrease the time it takes for you to study, improve your studying experience and prolongs your memory on that information.
The most common learning styles are as follows: –
- Auditory style – learn by listening e.g. discussions, lectures, tapes or a speaker rather than reading articles;
- Visual learner – learn by seeing rather than listening e.g. pictures, visual aids such as overhead or PowerPoint slides, diagrams or handouts;
- Kinaesthetic – learn by experience, moving, touching and actually doing e.g. experiments, projects, hands on training.
Personally in my experience I have determined that my personal learning style is kinaesthetic. “A child who has a kinaesthetic learning style cannot just sit still and wait for information to be given. They surpass in finding out things for themselves without any needs for guidance.” (News Life Media, Fiona Baker, July 03, 2017)
Thus, I find it easier to learn by experience as sometimes when you’re trying to learn a specific subject, you are given certain information, though you’re not always taught how or what that activity/information applies to. For example, in mathematics you may be taught to memorise an equation, though you are not always taught when you would apply that equation to a real life situation. For some people this way of learning may work for them, but for me I find it easier to be given a real life problem and learn how to solve it.
To best suit my learning style I personally would try to obtain work experience within an organisation that is relevant to the subject matter I’m trying to study. For example, in the legal profession I would try to obtain work experience in a law firm that provides me with instructions to either draft legal documents or asks me to research and advise of the next steps on a specific matter. Therefore, I would be able to study the file, learn why this task applies to the matter and I would be able to undergo research for the relevant task that I am trying to complete in a real life situation. Therefore, by me obtaining work experience I will be learning my subject matter by completing hands on training, by completing legal documents that relate to my studies and learning how to apply it to relevant activities that I am completing.
However, a range of activities that are suggested to best suite kinaesthetic learners include Assembling charts and diagrams such as creating structure for my notes such as arranging my notes into charts, diagrams and flowcharts will assist my mind in comprehending and recognising the information I am learning quickly as it provides a clearer picture of the information. Combining an activity with studying, by taking participation in a physical activity while studying such as, listening to an audio recording of your study notes whilst going for a work can help kinaesthetic learners retain information in a more effective way as opposed to reading a text book at home. It is believed that kinaesthetic learners have a difficult time sitting still for long periods therefore, it is suggested to take breaks when studying to be able to take a break and refocus when you commence studying again.
Kids Spot, News Life Media, Kinaesthetic learning style in children, Fiona Baker, 3 July 2017, accessed on 15 May 2018, < https://www.kidspot.com.au/school/primary/learning-and-behaviour/kinaesthetic-learning-style-in-children/news-story/6505b008d4ce9ad8e94959f6f1eab524>
Law School Tool Box, 5 Study Tips for Kinesthetic Learners, 9 September 2013, accessed on 15 May 2018, < https://lawschooltoolbox.com/5-study-tips-for-kinesthetic-learners/>