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Learning how you learn. Personal Learning Styles or… VAK to the future Talk 5. Review of last week. Teaching Others – 90%. Practice by doing – 75%. Discussion – 50%. Demonstration – 30%. Audio-Visual – 20%. Reading – 10%. Copying – 5%.

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Learning how you learn

Personal Learning Styles or…

VAK to the future

Talk 5

The Class of 2003

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Review of last week

Teaching Others – 90%

Practice by doing – 75%

Discussion – 50%

Demonstration – 30%

Audio-Visual – 20%

Reading – 10%

Copying – 5%

Figures shown are amounts of information remembered after revision session

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La Maison




Visible Light

Ultra violet


Gamma Rays

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Preferences for taking in information - VAK






The Class of 2003

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Visual Learners

  • Learn well when they are taught and revise using images

  • Like to record information in words and symbols

  • Appreciatetheuseofcolour

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Auditory Learners

  • Prefer to hear an explanation of something rather than read about it

  • Find it helpful to record notes of audio cassette and play them back

  • Are easily distracted by noise

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Kinaesthetic Learners

  • Like to learn by trying things out rather than following any instructions

  • Remembers things by physical repetition e.g. flashcards

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VAK Proportions

Most people can work in all three modes but have a preference for one and will learn best if they use methods which emphasise these characteristics

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How can you determine your preferences

  • Anecdotally

  • You have bought a new hi-tech TV set, do you…

    • Read all of the instructions in the booklet and follow a step-by-step procedure

    • Ask a friend to explain to you how to do it

    • Play with the settings until it works

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How can you determine your preferences

  • Asking specific questions:

  • For example, how do you spell…


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How can you determine your preferences

  • Observations

  • Visual learners tend to follow you with their eyes, talk quickly and have relatively shallow breathing

  • Auditory learners often tilt their head to the side when listening and repeat phrases in their minds

  • Kinaesthetic learners speak slowly, breathe deeply and tend to fidget – always need something in their hands

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How can you determine your preferences

  • Learning Style Questionnaires

  • A series of questions which allows you to determine your learning preference

  • Outcomes which give you guidance of which revision techniques should work best for you!

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Tomorrow Morning Registration

  • You will all be completing a VAK questionnaire and identify your personal learning preference

  • You will be able to see the methods of revision that should be best suited to your own personal learning styles

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Next Session

You’ve learnt information in your preferred learning style…

How do you keep it there?

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