ADVANCED - READING

As you read the story, think about the answers to these questions.
1. What methods do schools usually use?
2. How do auditory learners learn best?

How Do You Learn Best?
"This has nothing to do with intelligence."

There are three kinds of learning styles; visual, auditory and kinaesthetic. Usually we use a combination of all three. For example, tests show that I am 68 percent visual, 26 percent kinaesthetic and 6 percent auditory. What does this mean?

Schools usually teach and test using visual methods. This is great for visual learners, but not so good for auditory or kinaesthetic learners. If your child is not doing well at school, maybe he or she is not a visual learner. This has nothing to do with intelligence. It is about how your brain works best.

VISUAL LEARNERS learn through pictures and reading. They like it when the teacher writes or draws pictures on the whiteboard. If you are a visual learner you should write notes in different colours to help you to learn and remember.

AUDITORY LEARNERS learn through hearing/listening. Auditory learners enjoy lectures at university. They can listen and learn. If you are an auditory learner, you should record information and listen to it. You should talk to yourself while you read things.

KINAESTHETIC LEARNERS learn through doing things. If you are a kinaesthetic learner, you should sit at the front of the classroom. You should take notes and draw pictures. When you are studying from a text book walk around the room while you read. Use the computer to write information down and to manage your notes. Listen to tapes while you exercise.

Knowing what kind of learner you are can help you to improve your learning. When learning a language you need to read and see pictures, listen and write and use the language as much as you can (speak to yourself, speak to other people). This uses all three learning styles. Spend most time on the areas that will help your own style.