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Using Your Learning Style to Study

One of the purposes of understanding your learning style is to develop more effective study methods. Once you have determined your learning styles from one of the links provided, return to this chart to ascertain what may be your best studying strategies.

Adapted from the work of Dr. John Tenny

Perceptual Strength Can Easily... Enjoy/Learn Best By... Learn to Read Best...
Visual
  • Recall what they see
  • Follow written or drawn instructions
  • Learn by observing people, objects, pictures
Using computer graphics; performing visual puzzles; looking at or designing maps, charts, graphs, diagrams, cartoons, posters, bulletin boards. With sight methods, dissimilar words, silent reading, words accompanied by pictures or slides, stories in filmstrips or videos.
Auditory
  • Recall what they hear
  • Follow spoken instructions
  • Learn by listening and speaking
Talking, interviewing, debating, participating on a panel, asking and answering questions, memorizing, making oral reports. With Phonics, choral reading, by listening to stories and recordings of books, discussing stories, reading orally.
Tactile
  • Recall what they touch
  • Follow instructions they write or touch
  • Learn by touching or manipulating objects
Doodling, sketching, playing board games, building models, constructing dioramas and relief maps, setting up experiments, writing, tracing. With writing/tracing methods, such as Fernald, language experience. By playing games or reading instructions, then making something
Kinesthetic
  • Recall what they experience
  • Follow instructions that they perform or rehearse
  • Learn when engaged in physical activity
Playing floor games, assembling and/or disassembling objects, building models, participating in fairs, setting up experiments, acting, role playing, hopping, running, scavenger hunts. By pantomiming; acting in plays; riding a stationary bike while listening to a book; recording and reading; reading instructions and then building/doing something.
Focus Style Tendencies Enjoy/Learn Best With... Learn to Read Best...
Global
  • Make decisions based on emotions and intuition
  • Are spontaneous, random
  • Focus on creativity and inventiveness
  • Care less about a tidy environment
Information presented in an interesting or humorous story, with examples, interesting materials, group work and activities. With holistic reading methods, such as recorded books, story writing, choral reading, with books, computer software, audiovisual materials, projects and games.
Analytic
  • Make decisions based on logic or common sense
  • Plan and organize well
  • Focus on details and facts
  • Like a tidy environment
Information presented in sequential steps, with rules and examples, structured materials, teacher-directed lessons, clear goals and requirements. With auditory phonics, programmed materials, puzzles, some worksheets - reinforced by strategies appropriate for global learners.

Assistance with your learning style determination and strategizing is available in Disability and Learning Services.