Learning styles

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What's your learning style?

Everyone learns in different ways. Knowing your learning style can help you, and those supporting your learning, to understand how you absorb new information.

You might prefer one learning style, or you might use a combination of styles.


Visual learners learn by seeing written information depicted as a graphic, rather than as words. This may include the use of diagrams, flow charts, symbols or sketches – but not photographs. Visual learners might find it helpful to turn written information into diagrams and symbols to help retain the information.


Aural/auditory learners learn by hearing and listening to information. This might include a lecture, a discussion, or listening to the radio. Aural/auditory learners might find it helpful to read out loud and repeat information back to people to reinforce it.


Read/write learners learn by reading and writing information – they prefer text. This may include books, guides, manuals, webpages and writing lists – anything with words. Historically, education has been strongly structured to cater to read/write learners, but is now evolving to cater to all learners.


Kinesthetic learners are hands-on learners – the style preferred by many of our learners. Kinesthetic learners learn by doing. This may include practising or experiencing something, or a simulation. Kinaesthetic learners may find it helpful to perform an activity rather than read or hear about it.