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Learning How I Learn

Learning and working is guided by how we represent memories and thoughts in our minds.

Do we tend to focus on what we see, hear or feel. These different focuses translate into different learning styles.

The VAK learning styles model suggests most people can be divided into one of three preferred styles of learning.

These 3 main styles are: 1. Visual- we see pictures in our mind 2. Auditory- we hear/speak words in our minds 3. Kinaesthetic- we sense the feelings of things we think about- hard, soft, smooth etc

When we identify our preferred style we can go on to develop the most effective ways for working and learning. We generally can use all three styles, but most people have one they prefer.

The VAK Self-Assessment Questionnaire enables you to figure out which learning style(s) you have. The questions are below for you to have a go.

Make a note of whether you answer A, B or C to each of the 20 questions.

This marking sheet is an example of how you could record your answers.

Now add up how many A's, B's and C's you selected.

If you chose mostly A's you have a VISUAL learning style. If you chose mostly B's you have a AUDITORY learning style. If you chose mostly C's you have a KINAESTHETIC learning style.

What does this mean? Most people have one or two preferred styles. This doesn't mean you can't work with the other style, but it shows that using the style or styles that suit you best will make it easier to learn and you are more likely to enjoy your work.

When you know your preferred learning style(s) you can understand the type of learning that best suits you. Then you can choose the techniques that work best for you.

Here are some popular learning techniques for each of the three learning styles:

Hopefully this has given you a better understanding of your learning style(s) and you can now tailor your techniques to make learning and working easier and more enjoyable.

What is one action you can take now you know your learning style?

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