Learning Styles

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:  Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.  Psalm 139:14; NKJV

God made each of us unique.  Each one of us is a special creation of God.  He created people not only with the desire to learn, but also with unique ways of learning.  Each individual has a unique style of learning.  The VARK model, developed by Neil Fleming, is one of the most frequently used methods to describe and categorize different learning styles.  We have listed the four styles below. You may fall into one or more of these groups. 

Four Learning Styles

  • Visual:  Learns best by seeing and is able to visualize, seeing pictures in their minds
  • Aural:  Learns best by hearing and likes information to be heard or spoken
  • Read/Write:  Learns best by reading and writing information
  • Kinesthetic:  Learns best by doing and likes to learn things with hands-on experiences

Study Strategies

Here are some study strategies we suggest for each specific learning style:

Visual

Underline or highlight your notes, Use color. Use maps, diagrams, charts, graphs, flow charts, symbolic arrows/circles, etc.,  anything used to represent what could have been said in words.

Aural (auditory-musical-rhythmic)

Use sound, rhyme, rhythm as you set your studying to forms that help you remember; use acrostic or mnemonics, use background noise to simulate what you are learning.

Read/Write

Write your notes with an effective note-taking style (such as Cornell); rewrite your notes; reorganize charts or graphs into statements; make up your own test questions to quiz yourself.

Kinesthetic

Use all your senses as you study; move about the room, be sure the study area is comfortable; gesture, use your hands to impress facts into your memory.  Use active study techniques that keep you involved in the learning process such as role plays, studying in groups, debates, having someone quiz you, flash cards, writing and highlighting notes, etc.