Everyone learns in different ways. Some people find that they learn best by taking notes or using charts and graphs, some people enjoy lectures and ask lots of questions, while others enjoy taking tests and creating flow charts. All of these things together make up energized learning: visual, auditory and kinaesthetic.
Those who are dominant visual learners use concepts and ideas that are transmitted by images to learn. Visual learners like to use charts and graphs to organize the information they are being taught and find visual representations of data easier to learn from. They will often doodle or draw when listening to lectures in order to create a visual representation of the material being taught.
Auditory learners listen depend on speaking and listening as their main way of learning. They learn best listening to lectures and will often ask questions, listening to the tonality, grammar and inflection of the words being spoken to recall the information being presented. While auditory learners may find difficulty with reading materials, they respond more favourably to discussions, audio visuals and group projects.
Kinaesthetic learners are people who learn by doing. Kinaesthetic learners respond well to learning activities such as role-playing, and traditional paper and pen tests. These types of learners respond best to simulations and repetition. They can be “turned-in” to the hidden signals, or underlying motives of the person communicating.
The combination of these three learning styles is what makes up energized learning. A class that encompasses all three styles appeals to a wider array of learner and also allows for a greater number of learners retaining information.