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Learning Styles

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Hollie Byrne

on 16 April 2015

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Learning Styles

Learning Styles

Why do we need to know our learning style?
How does our brain take in information?
Making Assumptions..
We often assume that others learn the same way as ourselves

Education systems assume this too!


We actually have our own way of learning-it's our own unique style....

How good is your attention?
Learning theory
Learning styles and activities
Being an Active learner

We can then understand how we...

We can choose what we attend to using selective attention..

We can also try to do two things at once and divide our attention

Our attention is like a spotlight which we can shine where we want- but as we light up one area, another area is in darkness
We all perceive things differently

We take in information through our senses and our brain interprets this information. We may interpret things in contrasting ways....

What do you see?
How do we remember things

-We can remember things on a short term basis...most of us can remember 7 (+ or- 2) bits of information.

-We can improve this through
How long do you think you can pay attention?

An hour?

30 minutes?

No- On average we can pay attention for 10-12 minutes.

We can also be distracted by lots of things happening around us...noise, mess, movement.

And sometimes this happens...
Tips for Visual Learners
-Make text more visual (highlight, colour code, add pictures)
- Use a multimedia program which might help e.g. Prezi instead of powerpoint.
-Rewrite, re-draw things from memory
-Keep flashcards with plenty of colour.
-Colour-code. Try traffic light colour coding, colours for each subject.
-A messy workspace will distract you.
- NCH Technology & practical learning
So, how do you take in information using
your memory, attention and perception?
3 is the magic number!
There are three styles of learning:


Visual Learners
What does being a visual learner mean?

-Many of us rush the mind-mapping process. First we need to get comfortable with the subject through having a read of our notes and jotting down one or two key points

-Then we don't fall into the mind-map trap of having too much information.
Visual learners have a preference for learning information which is in a visual form

-When can this be difficult? Think of the context of a class.

-Both auditory and visual content.

-So how can visual learners become more effective at learning.
Auditory Learners

This means you have a preference
for learning from things you hear....

But think of revising your class notes at home, or reading a core text....how do we do this if we are
an auditory learner?
Tips for Auditory Learners
Chat with others
Listen rather than take notes in a lecture
Talk to yourself!
Record your classes
Verbally review
Read and record your notes.
Make up rhymes, mnemonics (
Mind maps for Auditory Learners
Kinesthetic Learners
-Lots of colour to highlight points
-Take a stretch break: sit back in your chair in the lecture, move your feet, clench and unclench your hands, shrug your shoulders and relax.
-Transfer text from one medium to another
-Blutack, stressballs, pens.....your new best friends!
-Move around, draw out your mind maps
in the air
Learning Games
Take a small bouncy ball

Ask yourself a question

Throw it at the nearest wall

Try to answer the question before the ball bounces back to you

The elephant in the room.....
-We can be delicately in tune with our learning style but what if we just find a topic BORING.

-We need to keep our motivation levels up and to do this we can

1. Build in active learning strategies
2. Remind ourselves of how much we have done so far.
3. Keep goal focused.

Active Learning
Get crafty- Keep plenty of scrap paper beside you when studying. Allow yourself to write and doodle freely. Jot down key points.

Practice SQRRR- Scan, Question, Read, Rewrite and Review

Find the golden nugget- Look for something you can relate to. Look for your practical examples.

Thanks for your time!


Phone: 01 885 1384

01 885 1386
Well done is better than well said...
Keep motivated: Write down all the dates that your essays or in-class tests are due to take place. Tick them off as you go along.

Make daily to do lists-focus on small tasks that are goal based rather than time based.


What do I want to learn from reading this passage?

What are the key ideas explored in this text?

Do they relate to my course material?
Is the subject matter discussed in the text new to me?

Use piece of card or paper to block out text below where you are reading
Use coloured polypockets to cover text that is on a white background (reduces glare)

Mixed Style?
Taking Time Out

- Sleep and relaxation are
- Set a cut-off time each evening. Use "Nanny" or similar programs to limit distractions.
Watch a TV program, go to the cinema, draw..
- Listen to music, chat with others.

- Kinesthetic
- Play sports, walk, dance.
Study Technology

- Useful for auditory learners to record notes.
My Study Bar
- Text to speech, screen masking, mind-mapping
NCH Free Software
- Records computer screen.
Schematic Mind
- Mind mapping app
Smallseotools Plagiarism Checker
Check you have everything in your own words

What is your goal?
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