The visual learner is just that — look and see. A visual learner can picture something he has been taught in his head as if it were directly in front of him and prefer to be shown what he is learning. A visual learner can hear something and automatically picture it in his head as part of the remembrance process. In the classroom a visual learner will typically sit upfront and take detailed notes. Lectures that use colors, illustrations or video will appeal to a visual learner and improve the chances of her retaining that information.
An auditory learner will retain her information through hearing it, rather than seeing it. An auditory learner will take advantage of seating that allows her to hear clearly, but does not require being able to see what is going on in front of her in order to learn from it. When reading aloud an auditory learner can typically retain more information than reading quietly to herself. Lessons that are taught aloud will reach auditory students better than visual presentations.
Unlike auditory and visual learners, the kinesthetic learner retains information by actually experiencing from the lesson. That means that when he is taught something he think about how it makes himself feel, what he is thinking and how this affects him in order to retain it. Often he will learn better from hands-on training and like to see something demonstrated versus it being explained to him. Though a kinesthetic learner is hands-on, there are times he may require frequent breaks in order to keep his attention on the task at hand.
How to Use Your Style
Once you have selected your correct learning style the next step is actually utilizing it to your advantage. As a kinesthetic learner you find advantages in hands-on training or physical touch to retain information. In the classroom take hands-on laboratory classes that will allow you to physically perform the actions you are learning versus computer-based or book-based learning. If you are an auditory learner rely on the sounds that are associated with what you are learning. For example, if you are learning about Mozart you may benefit from auditory books and music from the artist rather than reading a library book or biography on the artist. If you are a visual learner find something visual in everything you learn. This could mean taking detailed notes with sketches to remind you of what you have just learned or looking up photographs and charts to associate with items you read in your school books.