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Transcript of WHAT'S YOUR STYLE?

A Learning Styles Workshop for the College Student-Athlete

Learning Styles Preference

To help you learn more effectively, build self-confidence, and reduce stress.

Everyone has learning style preferences! If you make the important people (coaches, tutors, professors) in your life aware of your learning style, they can all choose delivery methods that support you.

Everywhere!!! In class, study time, athletics, life!

Anytime you think it will help you! You may find that many of the strategies presented here work for you at different times or for different reasons. You may also decide some do not work for you.

Use the Learning Strategies for Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic Learners as a guide. Remember, not all strategies work for everyone, so, it's important to be patient and try each approach and evaluate its effectiveness. Your advisor can help you with this process. Ask your Academic Advisor for more information on supporting your Learning Style Preference!

Learn best by seeing information.
Can easily recall information in the form of numbers, words, phrases, or sentences.
Can easily understand and recall information presented in pictures, charts, or diagrams.
Have strong visualization skills and can look up (often to the left) and "see" information.
Can make "movies in their minds" of information they are reading.
Have strong visual-spatial skills that involve sizes, shapes, textures, angles, and dimensions.
Pay close attention and learn to interpret body language (facial expressions, eyes, stance).
Have a keen awareness of aesthetics, the beauty of the physical environment, and visual media.

Learn best by hearing information.
Can accurately remember details of information heard in conversations or lectures.
Have strong language skills that include well-developed vocabularies and appreciation of words.
Have strong oral communication skills that enable them to carry on conversations and be articulate.
Have "finely tuned ears" and may find learning a foreign language relatively easy.
Hear tones, rhythms, and notes of music and often have exceptional musical talents.

Learn best by using their hands (hands-on learning) or by full body movement.
Learn best by doing.
Learn well in activities that involve performing (athletes, actors, dancers).
Work well with their hands in areas such as repair work, sculpting, art, or working with tools.
Are well coordinated, with a strong sense of timing and body movements.
Often wiggle, tap their feet, or move their legs when they sit.
Have often been labeled "hyper-active".
3 Cognitive Learning Styles
Visual Learners:
learn and remember best by

Auditory Learners
: learn and remember best by

Kinesthetic Learners:
learn and remember best by using larger and small
body movements
hands-on experiences.
Paper Air Planes!!!
1. I like to listen and work with a partner.
2. I could likely learn or review information effectively by hearing my own voice on tape.
3. I prefer to learn something new by reading about it.
4. I often write down directions someone gives me so I do not forget them.
5. I enjoy physical sports and exercise.
6. I learn best when I can see new information in picture or diagram form.
7. I am easily able to visualize or picture things in my mind.
8. I learn best when someone else talks or explains something to me.
9. I usually write things down so that I can look back at them later.
10. I am aware of the rhythm or the individual syllables of words when I hear them in music or conversation.
11. I have a good memory for the words and melodies of old songs.
12. I like to participate in small group discussions.
13. I often remember the sizes, shapes, and colors of objects when they are no longer in sight.
14. I often repeat out loud verbal directions that someone gives me.
15. I enjoy working with my hands.
16. I can remember the faces of actors, settings, and other visual details of movies I have seen.
17. I often use my hands and body movements when explaining something to someone else.
18. I prefer standing up and working on a chalkboard or flip chart to sitting down and working on paper.
19. I often seem to learn better if I can get up and move around when I study.
20. I would need pictures or diagrams to help me with each step of the process to assemble something, such as a bike.
21. I remember objects better when I have touched them or worked with them.
22. I learn best by watching someone else first.
23. I tap my fingers or my hands often when I am seated.
24. I speak a foreign language.
25. I enjoy building things.
26. I can follow the plot of a story on the radio.
27. I enjoy repairing things at home.
28. I can understand information when I hear it on tape.
29. I am good at using machines or tools.
30. I find sitting still for too long difficult.
31. I enjoy acting or doing pantomimes.
32. I can easily see patterns in designs.
33. I need frequent breaks to move around.
34. I like to recite or write poetry.
35. I can usually understand people with different accents,
36. I can hear many different pitches or melodies in music.
37. I like to dance and create new movements or steps.
38. I enjoy activities that require physical coordination.
39.I follow written directions better than oral ones.
40. I can easily recognize differences between similar sounds.
41. I like to create or use jingles and/or rhymes to learn things.
42. I wish more classes had hands-on experiences.
43. I can quickly tell if two geometric shapes are identical.
44. The things I remember best are the things I have seen in print or pictures.
45. I follow oral directions better than written ones.
46. I could learn the names of fifteen medical instruments more easily if I could touch and examine them.
47. I often need to say things aloud to myself to remember them later.
48. I can look at a shape and copy it correctly on paper.
49. I can easily read a map without difficulty.
50. I can "hear" a person's exact words and tone of voice days after he or she has spoken to me.
51. I remember directions best when someone gives me landmarks, such as specific buildings or trees.
52. I have a good eye for color or color combinations.
53. I like to paint, draw, or make sculptures.
54. I can vividly picture the details of a meaningful past experience.

to each question in the inventory on the answer sheet provided...don't over think it!
Scoring your profile:
1. Ignore the
2. For every
answer, look at the number of the question. Find the number of the question in the chart that has been provided to you and circle that number.
3. When you finish, not all the numbers in the following boxes will be circled. Your answers will very likely not match anyone else's..
4. Count the number of circles for the Visual Group and write the total on the line. Do the same for the Auditory Group and the Kinesthetic group.
3 4 6 7 9 13 16 20 22 32
39 43 44 48
49 51 52 54
Complete the Inventory!
1 2 8 10 11
12 14 24 26
28 34 35 36 40 41 45 47 50
5 15 17 18 19
21 23 25 27 29
30 31 33 37 38
42 46 53
1. The
highest score
indicates your
lowest score
indicates your
weakest modality or style of learning.
2. If your two highest scores are the same or very close, both of these modalities may be your preference.
3. If all three of your scores are identical, you have truly integrated all three modalities and can work equally well in any of the modalities.
The Learning Styles Inventory indicates your
This basically means that you would prefer to use the cognitive learning style (visual, auditory, kinesthetic) with the highest score when you have a choice of how to learn or process new information.

CREATE stronger visual memories of printed material by highlighting important ideas with different colored highlighters or by highlighting specific letters in spelling words or equations in math.
Take time to visualize pictures, charts, graphs, or printed information, and take time to practice recalling visual memories when you study.
Create "movies in your mind" of information that you read; use your visual memory as a TV screen with the information moving across the screen.
Use visual study tools such as visual mappings, hierarchies and comparison charts to represent information you are studying. Expand chapter mappings or create your own to review main ideas and important details in chapters.
Enhance your notes, FLASHCARDS, or any other study tools by adding colors and pictures (sketches, cartoons, stick figures); personalize it!
Color code study tools. Different colors imprint into memory more easily for some students.
Colors can be used to accentuate specific parts of textbooks, notes, or any written materials you work with or have created.
Copy information in your own handwriting..this helps many people to see the information better. Practice visualizing what you write.
Use your keen observational skills to observe people and pick up on clues they may give about important information, emotions, or their general state of being.
Always be prepared with a pen and notepaper to write down information or directions. Written information is easie to rcall more accurately.

Talk out loud to explain new information, express your ideas, practice information you are studying, or paraphrase another speaker.
Recite frequently while you study. Reciting involves speaking out loud in complete sentences and in your own words.
Read out loud. Reading out loud often increases a person's comprehension or clarifies confusing information that has been read silently.
Work with tutors, with a "study-buddy," or in a study group to have ample opportunity to ask questions, articulate answers, and express your understanding of the information orally.
For lectures, take your own notes, but back up your notes with a tape-recorded version of the lecture. Review only the parts of the lecture or lesson that are confusing.
When you practice reciting your notes, FLASHCARDS, study tools, or information from a textbook, turn on a tape recorder. Tapes made in your own voice become valuable review tools.
Verbally explain information or processes to someone or to an imaginary person. Explaining verbally provides immediate feedback of your level of understanding.
Make review tapes to review the most important information (rules, definitions, formulas, lists of information, dates, or other factual information) prior to a test.
Create rhymes, jingles, songs, or acronyms to help you remember specific facts.
Read confusing information using exaggerated expression. The natural rhythm and patterns of your voice often group information in such a way that it becomes easier to understand.
Use computerized technology to help with the learning process. Access multimedia software and programs that provide auditory and visual stimuli for learning.
Handle objects, tools, or machinery that you are trying to learn. For example, handle the rocks in your studies in geology, repeat applications several times on a computer, or hold and use tools or parts of machinery that are discussed in class or in your textbook.
Create manipulatives (study tools that you can move around with your hands). These may include
or index cards that can be shuffled, spread out, sorted, or stacked as a way to categorize information.
Cut charts or diagrams apart; reassemble them in their correct order.
Use exaggerated movements and hand expressions, drama, dance, pantomime, or role playing to assist the development of long-term memory.
Type or use a word processor. Using a keyboard involves fine motor skills and muscle memory; it may be easier to remember information that you type or enter into a computer.
Talk and walk as you recite or practice information. Pacing or walking with study materials in hand helps some people process information more naturally.
Work at a chalkboard, with a flip chart,or on a large poster paper to create study tools. List, draw, practice, or write information while you stand up and work on a large surface.
Learn by doing. Use every possible opportunity to move as you study. For example, if you are studying perimeters, tape off an area of a room and walk the perimeter.
you know your learning style preference(s). You know what charactertistics each learning style displays. But you may still be saying, "SO WHAT! What does this mean to me?" The next three slides present learning strategies that support each modality of learning style. As you read through the bullets. remember that what works for someone else may not work as well for you. It takes a bit of patience and commitment to try each of the strategies listed and see how you respond to it. When you discover which learning strategies work for you, you will ask yourself why it took so long to discover this! You will use the natural tendencies of your briain to learn more effectively and improve your memory and recall. These are strategies that can be applied to academics and athletics, so be sure to discuss your results with your professors and coaches.
>>>>an often overlooked and extremely powerful study tool. Flashcards use all three learning styles at once, which is like
for your brain and increases your ability to learn and to remember information!!! The more colorful and original the flashcards are, the better! Get creative!!
Discovering & Using Your Learning Styles

Understanding your individual style of learning can help you become a more effective learner, which can improve both your academic and athletic performance! This does not always mean spending more time on studying but perhaps approaching it differently and in a way that supports you as an individual!
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