Do you have trouble remembering what you learned?

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As it turns out, the problem might not be what you’re learning, but how you’re learning. We each have an inborn learning style and when we learn using our personal style, we can absorb more in a shorter amount of time.

Common ways that people learn are by seeing/picturing (visual learners), hearing (auditory learners) and by touching or experiencing (kinesthetic learners). As you read the descriptions below, think about which best describes you. Once you’ve identified your learning style, use the tips provided to make the most of your learning.

Visual Learners think in images or pictures. Visual learners take in what they hear or read and translate it into images in their brain. When visual learners want to recall what they have learned, they “look” at the images they have stored in their minds. Visual learners:

  • Tend to have vibrant imaginations
  • Learn by seeing images
  • Are quiet by nature
  • May find verbal instruction difficult
  • Must see to understand
  • Learn best by reading and watching

Tips for visual learners: As you read or listen, picture the information in your mind. Write down what you are learning and draw pictures to connect thoughts to images. As a visual learner, you may want to vary the color pen that you write or highlight with. Using flash cards may be helpful.

Auditory Learners tell great stories and solve problems by talking about them. Auditory learners can easily repeat what they’ve heard. Auditory learners:

  • Enjoy talking to others (and to themselves)
  • May have difficulty with written instructions
  • Enjoy listening
  • Tend to have outgoing personalities
  • Filter incoming information through their listening and repeating skills

Tips for auditory learners: Reading out loud and listening can help you understand information. Join a study group to discuss what you have learned. Be sure to ask and answer questions and participate in dialogue. As a study aid, create poems, songs or rhymes to help reinforce learning. Recording notes or studying out loud can be helpful.

Kinesthetic Learners learn best with hands-on activities. Students with kinesthetic learning styles process and remember information by touch, feeling and experiencing. Kinesthetic learners:

  • Learn by doing
  • Tend to be poor listeners
  • May express emotions physically
  • Tend to have outgoing personalities
  • Learn best with hands-on activities
  • Can be restless in class

Tips for kinesthetic learners: Hands-on activities help to make information concrete. Whenever possible, learn by doing, touching or practicing. Create a project or study aid to help with learning. Also try note taking and underlining. As a kinesthetic learner, physical activity stimulates your thinking. You may want to study while walking, jogging, pacing or riding your bike.

9 Responses to Do you have trouble remembering what you learned?

  1. NIkki says:

    I’m a complete visual learner. I used to have an awful time in college when professors would just stand there and lecture. I had to go home and teach myself all the material by reading it and writing it down. My son is a mix between visual and hands-on learning. Interesting post!

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  4. Jason says:

    This was very concisely put and clear to read!

  5. Lucina says:

    I’m a mixture of kinesthetic and visual how do I find the best career for my learning type?

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