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The Three Different Learning Styles

Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic

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The Three Different Learning Styles
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In order to be proficient in the classroom, you must understand the three different learning styles, according to Fleming's VAK model so you can understand how you learn best. Different learning styles require varied methods to keep you motivated and successful in the classroom.

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Fleming's Three Different Learning Styles

Different Learning Style #1: Visual

Fleming states that visual learners have a preference for seeing material in order to learn it.

  • Strengths of the visual learner: Instinctively follows directions, can easily visualize objects, has a great sense of balance and alignment, is an excellent organizer
  • Best ways to learn: Studying notes on overhead slides, reading diagrams and handouts, following a PowerPoint presentation, reading from a textbook, studying alone
  • How do you know if you're a visual learner?

Different Learning Style #2: Auditory

With this different learning style, students have to hear information to absorb it.

  • Strengths of the auditory learner: Understanding subtle changes in tone in a person's voice, writing responses to lectures, oral exams, story-telling, solving difficult problems, working in groups
  • Best ways to learn: Participating vocally in class, making tapes of class notes and listening to them, reading assignments out loud, studying with a partner or group
  • How do you know if you're an auditory learner?

Different Learning Style #3: Kinesthetic

Kinesthetic learners tend to want to move while learning.

  • Strengths of the kinesthetic learner: Great hand-eye coordination, quick reception, excellent experimenters, good at sports, art, drama, high levels of energy
  • Best ways to learn: experiments, acting out a play, standing, moving, or doodling during lectures, studying while performing an athletic activity like bouncing a ball or shooting hoops
  • How do you know if you're a kinesthetic learner?
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