What is a

Learning Style

A learning style is the way that different students learn. A style of learning refers to an individual’s preferred way to absorb, process, comprehend and retain information. The four key learning styles are: visual, auditory, tactile and kinaesthetic. Visual learners prefer to use pictures, graphs and images to organize and communicate their thoughts and learn best from using flash cards. Auditory learners prefer to listen, discuss, memorize and debate in class. They learn best from audiobooks rather than print ones. Tactile learners learn best by touch and movement—they find opportunities to take part in demonstrations, writing or building models. Kinesthetic learners prefer to use their whole body in the learning process—they use gestures to communicate ideas and learn best in a hands-on environment.

A learning style refers to an individual’s method of making sense of new material, commonly done through sight, touch and sound. Taste and smell, although not as frequently used as the last three, can still be effective when aiming to solidify ideas in our brain.