Different students have different learning styles. The three common styles among students are: a visual learning style which allows a student to learn best through seeing and visualizing; an auditory learning style which helps a student to gather more facts through listening to lectures and audio materials; and a tactile learning style in which it is important for a learner to keep notes and trace words as he/she is pronouncing them. It is achieved through frequent repetition of words and concepts in question until comprehension (Penn State, 2010). The purpose of this paper is to analyze my personal learning style and to find a balance between the different surveys that determined my style. An astonishing coincidence is that the two inventories taken indicate that I am a visual learner.
Both of the surveys taken, the Learning Style Inventory by Penn State (2010) and the Index of Learning Styles by Felder and Soloman (n.d.), suggest that I am a visual learner, and graphs and charts help me develop my learning ability. I understand better what I see rather than what I write down. Although it helps to take notes for a future reference, I learn better from actions rather than repeated thoughts. It is more helpful for me to write down a new word and learn it rather than repeat it over and over again. In class, I understand content better when a lecturer explains it in class rather than referring back to my notes and textbooks (Felder & Soloman, n.d). I am better off studying individually rather than in a group because everyone proposes different concepts and ideas that might be confusing if brought together. I am against group work because usually not all members participate in activities of an assigned task. Most likely, only a small section of a group will work on assignment, yet the credit will go to all members in a group (Penn State, 2010).
I am more visual in learning than verbal, and it means that I understand a bigger picture first, and then details fall into place. In more detailed courses such as calculus, I find it hard to go back and review my work because I complete it with utmost precision in the first place. If there is a need to use tapes and audio materials in class, I get to understand content better. However, I would rather engage in reading a captivating book rather than watching television. A book enhances one’s imagination which, in turn, influences individual perception of a book’s content. Imagination aids a learner in understanding concepts and seeing contents in different perspectives. Being a visual learner, the use of charts, graphs, flashcards, and notes helps in analysis and in-depth examination of concepts and facts at hand (Felder & Soloman, n.d).
It is helpful for visual learners to imagine concepts in their minds and, ultimately, put the details together after getting a primary understanding of a bigger picture. During the course of my studies, I often find myself writing down vital aspects of a lesson and referring to them later for a better understanding. There are different reasons for seeking a college degree, the most obvious of which is the pursuit and desire to enhance the skills attained in high school. Different areas of the employment market require a college graduate to possess a set of theoretical and practical skills. Therefore, I am motivated to gain skills in both theory and practice, which will help me in my future education and career (Penn State, 2010).
It is known that different students have different learning styles. Personally, my style is visual, indicating that I learn better from visual sources rather than audio learning material. I understand better from practice rather than theory and analysis of facts. A suggestion for a visual learner would be to use imagination more than direct sensory perceptions of the outside environment. It is imagination that allows one to create different perspectives on situations and to gain a better understanding of a bigger picture.