When putting together flat pack furniture, do you read through the instructions first? Listen to someone’s advice on how to do it? Or just get on with it, figuring it out as you go?
Whether you’re in a lesson, self-teaching, revising, or even (trying!) to put together flat pack furniture, you are subconsciously using at least one of the VAK learning styles.
What are the VAK learning styles?
But why is this important? And how does this affect your learning?
First, let’s look a little closer at the different types of VAK learning styles.
Visual: You prefer to observe, see, read, visualise.
Auditory: You prefer to hear, discuss, listen, talk.
Kinaesthetic: You prefer to do, feel, explore, experience.
It might not be immediately obvious which learning style you use the most. Most people use a combination for different tasks – but it’s likely you use one more than the others. It’s useful to know which learning style is most effective for you, as you can become more self-aware and adapt the way you study.
Going back to the flat pack example, a visual learner might read the instructions first, an auditory learner might listen to advice, and a kinaesthetic learner might just go ahead and figure it out themselves. It’s likely you will identify with one of these more than the others. But if you’re still not sure, there are lots of online quizzes to help you decipher which learning style you might use the most.
Once you’ve figured this out, you can tailor your learning to suit your main style.
Tips on how to study best for each VAK learning style:
- Use post it notes, highlighters and colours
- Make charts, diagrams and flowcharts
- Write notes and create lists
- Watch online lectures and videos
- Record lectures and re-listen
- Discuss your thoughts and ideas
- Study with a group
- Talk out loud to yourself when revising
- Take a “hands on” approach where possible –experience, explore, practice
- Move about whilst working – walk or play with a stress ball
- Take regular breaks
- Set yourself challenges and practical tasks
So take back control of your learning and study your way!