4.2.10 – Learning Styles

Learning Styles

Psychologists and education experts have identified the following distinct, innate “learning styles” it is useful to consider these when planning your training



A visual learner absorbs and retains information better when it is presented in, for example, pictures, diagrams and charts

Reading / Writing

A reading-or writing-dominant learner uses repetition of words and writing. Clearly, there is an overlap with visual and auditory styles, as words and writing can be both, but a person who prefers to learn this way remembers or organizes things best by taking down notes.


A kinaesthetic dominant learner prefers a physical experience. They like a “hands-on” approach and responds well to being able to touch or feel an object or learning prop.


An auditory dominant learner prefers listening to what is being presented. They responds best to voices, for example, in a lecture or group discussion. Hearing their own voice repeating something back to a tutor or trainer is also helpful.

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