The Art of Learning Better: 101 Tips to Find and Fit Your Learning Style

Kelly Sonora informed me few weeks ago about an article The Art of Learning Better: 101 Tips to Find and Fit Your Learning Style they posted to TeachingTips.com. However, I haven’t have time to read this article until this week. The article is written by Heather Johnson in which she offers many excellent tips to help learners with different learning styles (visual, auditory or kinesthetic) improve their learning experience. To learn about the 101 tips for learners with different learning styles, please read the article at http://www.teachingtips.com/blog/2008/07/10/the-art-of-learning-better-101-tips-to-find-and-fit-your-learning-style/

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I am a Professor Emeritus of Instructional Technology and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States.
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8 Responses to The Art of Learning Better: 101 Tips to Find and Fit Your Learning Style

  1. 學習的目的是為了獲得更多的知識和學問,不同的學習者會有不同的學習型態,學習會因人、因地、因學習情境和指導者等而有很大差異,東方人的學習習慣大部份屬於比較被動、吸收輸入式的,不像西方學習者比較善於表達自己的看法和想法,和大家一起分享。
    在這篇使學習更佳的藝術,101種適合自己的學習型態,提供了相當完整的學習經驗,值得大家參考,文章中將學習者分為視覺型、聽覺型以及運動感覺型的三種學習型態,詳細介紹組織、在課堂上、研讀上及其它各種學習方法,針對個人學習困難或者找不到絕竅的學習者而言,值得一讀,相信對於學習者而言會獲益無窮。
    文章中幾種型態讓我印象深刻,例如Diagram how things are related 這使我在工作職場及做研究時有很大的啟發,一般我們都只會想到單一事件,不會去做相關性的聯想,當我在製作一個關聯圖(表)或在心中有個心智地圖時,經自己綜合分析比較後,我在處理事務或研究上更踏實,問題也更能迎刃而解。Work on listening and speaking,work with others,一般我們學習大部份是用看的和聽的,如果聽、看、讀能配合,還有和同學共同研讀討論,學習或研究成效一定會更佳。Get audio book and Watch vidieo,學習上的成果在實務上已經有相關研究報告。Ask question 這對於我們東方人來說,尤其就我個人而言,是比較需要加強,以後我會突破障礙,盡量試試看。
    每個人的working memory 和 long term memory 可能不盡相同,但是如果能找到適合自己的學習方法,必能讓學習成效事半功倍。

  2. 學習的目的是為了獲得更多的知識和學問,不同的學習者會有不同的學習型態,學習會因人、因地、因學習情境和指導者等而有很大差異,東方人的學習習慣大部份屬於比較被動、吸收輸入式的,不像西方學習者比較善於表達自己的看法和想法,和大家一起分享。
    在這篇使學習更佳的藝術,101種適合自己的學習型態,提供了相當完整的學習經驗,值得大家參考,文章中將學習者分為視覺型、聽覺型以及運動感覺型的三種學習型態,詳細介紹組織、在課堂上、研讀上及其它各種學習方法,針對個人學習困難或者找不到絕竅的學習者而言,值得一讀,相信對於學習者而言會獲益無窮。
    文章中幾種型態讓我印象深刻,例如Diagram how things are related 這使我在工作職場及做研究時有很大的啟發,一般我們都只會想到單一事件,不會去做相關性的聯想,當我在製作一個關聯圖(表)或在心中有個心智地圖時,經自己綜合分析比較後,我在處理事務或研究上更踏實,問題也更能迎刃而解。Work on listening and speaking,work with others,一般我們學習大部份是用看的和聽的,如果聽、看、讀能配合,還有和同學共同研讀討論,學習或研究成效一定會更佳。Get audio book and Watch vidieo,學習上的成果在實務上已經有相關研究報告。Ask question 這對於我們東方人來說,尤其就我個人而言,是比較需要加強,以後我會突破障礙,盡量試試看。
    每個人的working memory 和 long term memory 可能不盡相同,但是如果能找到適合自己的學習方法,必能讓學習成效事半功倍。

  3. 陳旭能 says:

    有關藝術人文面之學習模式,普遍均注重於視覺(美術圖像)、聽覺(音樂欣賞)與動覺(舞蹈唱遊)等等;閱讀101種學習型態則更擴充了學習模式之多樣化,其中多項學習方式並同時具有提升學習樂趣之效能,具有引薦予學習者應用之價值。參考在廣播電台主持希臘神話與詩詞節目五年並曾於大學開設藝術課程之經驗,我想補充一點的是—加入「感覺」的學習,此層面並應包括接觸詩、樂、畫或戲劇、雕刻乃至建築等型態之藝術學習時,學習者應用欣賞後所產生之感覺結合本身人生經驗進行連結,並進而達到將抽象之藝術知覺導入生活實用科學之中,將更能增加藝術學習之效果。

  4. 陳旭能 says:

    有關藝術人文面之學習模式,普遍均注重於視覺(美術圖像)、聽覺(音樂欣賞)與動覺(舞蹈唱遊)等等;閱讀101種學習型態則更擴充了學習模式之多樣化,其中多項學習方式並同時具有提升學習樂趣之效能,具有引薦予學習者應用之價值。參考在廣播電台主持希臘神話與詩詞節目五年並曾於大學開設藝術課程之經驗,我想補充一點的是—加入「感覺」的學習,此層面並應包括接觸詩、樂、畫或戲劇、雕刻乃至建築等型態之藝術學習時,學習者應用欣賞後所產生之感覺結合本身人生經驗進行連結,並進而達到將抽象之藝術知覺導入生活實用科學之中,將更能增加藝術學習之效果。

  5. Kemp says:

    I have read your blog intermittently since early 2008, and believe that of all the posts I have read, this one will be the most useful for me long term. As an avid photographer and painter for over 30 years, I have always assumed I was a visual learner. Though I do have a keen eye for detail, little else in my methods are consistent with that of a visual learner. As I read this article, I realized that I am likely far more an auditory learner than I previously thought. I do record most of the lectures I attend and then upload them to my iPod. In fact, I rarely fully understand or “conceptually own” new material until I have listened to the presentation a few times, and then talked about it out loud (usually to myself–this is why one should have pets–when you are caught talking out loud to yourself, you can pretend you were really addressing the cat).

    Thank you for this useful, and potentially life-altering post.

  6. Kaylene says:

    I read through the tips for the three kinds of learners and decided that although I usually consider myself a kinesthetic learner, I am also a visual learner. Many of the techniques for the visual learner also help me, but the hands-on stuff is what I really need to learn. I can watch someone else do something a hundred times, but until I’ve done it myself at least once, I don’t understand. So it is interesting to learn more about how to be a better learner.

    However, I also found it instructive as an educator. Teachers need to be aware of the various learning styles and try to address them in their teaching. If they always teach for auditory learners, visual and kinesthetic learners miss out. I always have students who ask me for help in studying for the grammar, spelling and punctuation exam they must pass in order to continue in the mass communication major. I will be directing them to the article so they can consider their own learning style and work to improve their skills.

  7. tdedeaux says:

    After having read the article, and having read materials on auditory/visual/kinesthetic learning in the past, I still don’t know which one I fall under.

    Basically, I learn things best by writing them down. When studying for tests, I’ll hand-write any important handouts the instructor gave the class.

    Just reading something out of a book doesn’t do a lot for me, but then, hearing it and not writing it down doesn’t either.

    Having said that, I found a link to a V/A/K learning styles test:

    http://www.businessballs.com/vaklearningstylestest.htm

    And it seems from the results that I am mostly visual.

    At any rate, this is not only a good resource for students, but, as Kaylene said, for teachers looking to be sure they teach to all three learning styles.

  8. sirui says:

    Learning style is a thing that should be concerned with in education, while at the same time, it is also a thing that maybe easily omitted. To think about learners’ learning style could help teachers to distinguish different learners’ learning levels, and adjust teaching plans to maximize instructional effects. From my own experience, I do find that students have their own methods to study more efficiently depending on learning contents. That is the issue about learning style.

    Three kinds of learners have been summed in this post: visual learner, auditory learner, and kinesthetic learner. The aim of research in different learning style tips is to help learners with different learning styles improve their learning experience. Visual learners can understand concepts and ideas better when they are presented in pictures, text, drawings, graphs, charts or other visual representations. Auditory learners can understand things through hearing them, meaning they are partial to learning that involves music, talking and other kinds of sounds. Kinesthetic learners work the best when they can get hands on with things. This means interactive learning experiences like labs, demonstrations and computer programs help them to learn the most. Actually, the distinguish of learning styles means to find learners’ learning advantages in study knowledge. With those information, it would be must easier for teachers to decide how to design teaching plan, and how to teach in class. For example, for visual learners, teaching could contain more pictures, drawing, etc to attract learners’ attention and higher learners’ learning process.

    Most of learners are in these learning styles. However, I think the most difficulty part for teacher is that in one classroom for the same course, learners may own different learning style. Sometimes, it is not allowed for teachers to design teaching method to fulfill all those different learning styles. The best way is to find the common part of different learning styles. For instance, in language learning class, group work could be applied based on learners’ self-intents.

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