Students taught learning styles for better personal education

From front, Daniel Lucas, cyber security major, Michelle Strange, sociology major, and Lisa Mark, secondary education major, listen intently during “Introduction to Learning Styles” on Thursday, Oct. 14. The workshop focused on the four main learning styles and how to study for each. (Photo by Bryan Trude)

By: Bryan Trude, Feature Editor

The Office of Student Success presented a workshop on learning styles and techniques for students in the Tinker Terrace Room on Thursday, Oct. 14.

Carla Robison, student success coordinator, hosted the workshop, “An Introduction to Learning Styles.”  It covered the four main styles of learning and presented techniques for study for each style. Robison also discussed different influences on a student’s ability to focus and perform, such as sound and light levels.

“Some individuals have a preference for bright or dim light,” Robison said, “and can be distracted if their preference is not matched.

Robison said there are four main styles people learn by: auditory, visual, reading and writing, and kinesthetic.

People who practice auditory learning “gather and process information by speaking, listening and using background sounds,” according to Robison. She suggested auditory learners sit close to the front of the room during lectures, make use of audio recordings of the lecture, and re-read important information out of the book or handouts out loud.

The visual style involves “remembering what it looked like,” often using visual cues such as color, shape, layout, images and symbols. Robison suggested people who use this style make use of pens and highlighters of different colors to keep their information organized. Robison also suggested that visual learners make drawings of concepts presented in lecture.

Students who learn by reading and writing the material, according to Robison, can help their study by reading the material in a relaxed environment and then rewriting it in their own words, and to express visual elements such as graphs and charts in words.

Kinesthetic learners, Robison said, learn best when they are physically active with the material, whether it is being hands on with a model or just making flash cards. Robison said that these kinds of learners can help their study by standing while they do homework, or to review notes while using exercise machines like a stationary bicycle.

“The purpose of workshops like this is to give [the student] different ideas they can use to help [them] learn better and more effectively,” Robison said.

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