What’s Your ‘Learning Style’ – Visual, Auditory or Tactile?

Meritnation|Aug 5th, 2015 01:18pm

With the SA1 exams drawing nearer, students are likely to be gearing up for the challenging month ahead. After round-the-year study sessions, the time has now come to carry out revisions and refresh all the topics so that they can be on your finger tips during the exams.

To make your learning and revision effective, it is best to customize your study plan and revision notes based on your learning style.

learning styles study tipsAre you wondering what ‘learning style’ means?

Learning Style refers to the characteristic ways in which an individual acquires, perceives and processes information. In simple words, a dominant style that helps you process and learn information faster and in a better manner can be classified as your learning style.

It is therefore important to note that there are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’, ‘good’ or ‘bad’ learning styles, but only preferred learning styles. On the basis of their learning styles, learners can be broadly classified into three types i.e. Visual learners, Auditory learners and Tactile learners, each with their respective learning styles.

Which category do you belong to?

Here are a few points that will give your some more insight on the prime characteristics of the different types of learners and help you customize your revision notes according to the style that suits you the best.


Visual Learners

Learning style visual learner

If you are a visual learner, you grasp a concept best by looking at graphics, watching a demonstration, or reading about it. Your mind tends to understand and remember things by sight. While learning, you can picture things in your head, and hence you learn best by using methods that are primarily visual.

So, while preparing their revision notes, visual learners are advised to supplement their learning with pictures, charts, maps, graphs etc. Always keep in mind that you need to SEE things, and not just hear them, to learn well.

Tips for Visual Learners

1. Use bright colours to highlight important text in the revision notes.

2. Use flashcards to learn new words and formulae.

3. To speed up the pace of revision and make learning effective, you can also try visualize the given information as a picture or an image. This will help you retain information for a longer period of time and will aid in better recall value during the exam.

Resources for Visual Learners: Revision Notes | Textbook Solutions | Practice Questions


Auditory Learners

learning style auditory learner

Such learners prefer listening to concepts being explained rather than reading about them in text books. If you are one of this set, then you prefer classroom discussions over individual study sessions. You feel the need for an absolutely quiet place for attempting to process key information into the memory. You feel uncomfortable in handling distractions created by noisy surrounding.

Keep in mind that you need to HEAR things, and not just see them, to learn well.

Tips for Auditory Learners

1. You can listen to pre-recorded lectures on a tape recorder or Youtube videos to process your learning effectively.

2. Read your notes, stories, assignments or directions out loud, specially when it is new study material.

3. Try creating musical jingles, using mnemonics, and discussing ideas verbally to aid speedy revision.

Resources for Auditory Learners: Video Lessons | Sample Papers | School Talk


Tactile Learners

learning style tactile learner

These learners process information best through a ‘hands-on’ experience. If you think that actually doing an activity is the easiest way to learn information then your dominant learning style is that of a tactile learner. Keep in mind that you learn best by DOING, not just by reading, seeing, or hearing.

Tips for Tactile Learners

1.While studying, include a lot of activities that involve touching, building, moving, or drawing. Basically try and get as much hands on experience as possible with your art or science projects.

2. While preparing revision notes, a tactile learner is advised to write or type his own notes, which could be images or mindmaps or whatever best works for them.

3. While revising, you may want to hold the revision notes in your hand instead of keeping it on the table.

4. To further make learning effective, you can even prepare flash cards for each step in a concept based procedure and regularly challenge yourself to arrange the cards in the correct sequence.

5. You should also include a lot of real life examples and case studies in your revision notes.

6. It will be most effective for you to create tests for self on various topics and attempt them.

Resources for Tactile Learners: Interactive Learning Activities | Live Test SeriesTest Generator


Very Important: 3 Ways to Pack More Punch Into Your SA1 Revisions


To strengthen your learning, we suggest you to play your way through concept-based puzzles and games available on meritnation.com

So which style suits you best? Write in and tell us how your exam preparation is faring!

All the very best for your exams!


Team Meritnation

Add Comment Total Comments (67)

  • 1. Sharon James  |  March 14th, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    Wow…it had really helped to understand my ‘learning style’. thankss..!!!

  • 2. Aardra  |  November 2nd, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    thanz .. 😉 😀 it helped to understand my style of learning.. 😉 😛 😀

  • 3. jasmini  |  October 30th, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    soooooooooooooooo good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1 thank u so much

  • 4. parul agarwal  |  October 2nd, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    i am a tactile learner…..

  • 5. Muskan Agarwal  |  September 21st, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    how could i know which one i am having i need to try and test?

  • 6. Nabanil Mitra  |  September 20th, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    I have none of these learning styles.

  • 7. pihu  |  September 19th, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    such a nice tips thank you meritnation

  • 8. Liza Mariam  |  August 28th, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    luv this website and i want some important hints or notes for social and science for grade 8 !!!!!!

  • 9. Liza Mariam  |  August 28th, 2015 at 2:22 pm

    tnx alot merit nation .this is helping me alot:)

  • 10. Rajeeb Biswas  |  August 26th, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Thank you very much for the tips

  • 11. rishi junghare  |  August 26th, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Thank you for giving so good tips .

  • 12. shreya sinha  |  August 25th, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Thank you for giving tips i am Tactile learner

  • 13. Aadyasha Sahu  |  August 15th, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    In my case , i am better a visual learner and an auditory learner to some extent…but the third one is totally impossible for my part …But this doesn’t mean that i ignore writing part…the thing is i can’t remember when i write…i have made a study syllabus as SA1 exams are coming closer and closer..I am scared …what shall i do in exam…as..i am disturbed due to many causes…and….i am now in a dilema..i always read these blogs to feel quite dtermined…but nothing works on me…Sir / Mam…please help me…i had been a good student since my childhood..but now i am..disturbed…please help..

  • 14. Nishank  |  August 9th, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    thanks meritnation for helping me to know that i am a tactile learner and also for giving the useful links.

  • 15. Abhisri  |  August 8th, 2015 at 5:04 am

    i am a visualized learner.

  • 16. sakthi ramu  |  August 6th, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    can u pls tell me ways to prepare physics…
    and i wanna ask whether a person can remember things what he/she is learnign better by writing down them or just reading them…

    and i study the topic well but when i got to exam n the paper is befor me… am totally blank…
    i forget what i have learnt n things seem difficult…
    sometimes i know the topics but am not able to jot it down in the proper way…
    in math i know the concept but i donno how to solve the particular problem in exam
    how do i over come this??


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