The Three Basic Learning Methods

education-actionInformation is processed through three major routes into memory storage: the visual modality; the auditory modality; and the kinesthetic modality, which means learning through action.

For most people there is a preferred learning modality which maximizes their ability to learn and retain information, but there are a few of us which are balanced, and do not necessarily exhibit a preference for any one of these learning methods.

Some characteristics of the various learning methods are:

Visual: student’s mind wanders during verbal activities such as lectures; finds it hard to follow or remember verbal instructions; draws or doodles during verbal activities and get up from desks or banquet tableswhen they can’t focus.

Auditory: loses focus easily; loses interest in visual demonstrations; enjoys activates that require listening.

Kinesthetic: Often taps pencil or foot while thinking, studying or writing tests; enjoys experiments, handling objects and using body language to explain things. For kinesthetic learners it can be understood why sitting behind school desks all day could hamper their ability to learn.

Knowing a student’s learning modality can help achieve better results by gearing the learning experience to the special needs of each student.