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Information Processing Styles

Learning Styles describes an individual’s unique approach to learning based on strengths, growth-edges, and preferences. Understanding your learning style can help you find your thrive when previewing coursework, setting your study plan, and preparing for exams and assignments. 

Visual (Spatial) Eye icon

Visual learners learn best through observation. Some study strategies for visuals include

  • Using thinking or concept maps instead of an outline (graphical tools for organizing and representing knowledge)
  • Referring to diagrams in notes or the textbook to understand processes
  • Creating pictures in mind while reading

Aural (Auditory-musical) Ear icon

Aural learners learn best while actively listening. Some study strategies for an aural include

  • Recording lectures to rehear later
  • Repeating information aloud
  • Ask questions in class that requires professors to summarize or restate information
  • Watching summarizing videos online

Verbal (Linguistic) Talk bubble icon

Verbal learners learn best by speaking information aloud. Some strategies for verbals include

  • Studying in groups for opportunities to verbally explore information
  • Reciting subject matter in creative ways (debates, act out scripts)

Physical (Kinesthetic) Feet icon

Kinesthetic learners learn best by speaking information aloud. Some strategies for kinesthetics include

  • Utilizing flash cards
  • Tapping a pencil, squeeze a stress ball, or do something with hands while studying
  • Taking breaks during lessons and move around.
  • Writing down their own notes.
  • Standing or moving while reciting information or learning new material.

Test yourself to find your learing style

Learning Style Quiz