There are multiple ways of learning and retaining new concepts and knowledge. You may prefer one type of learning to another; however, it is beneficial to learn how to incorporate all the styles to create a well-rounded learning experience.
Spoken — These learners prefer to gather their information from hearing it. An example of this would a class lecture. The material is transmitted verbally and the learner is given the opportunity to extract the needed information in the form of notes.
Written — These learners prefer to see it in writing. They want to read it for themselves and extract the needed information. An example of this would be reading a text book.
Illustrative — These learners would like to see a picture of the concept. An example of this would be seeing a diagram of pie chart.
Movement — These learners want to see the concept in action; getting up and actually manipulating a concept. An example of this would be building a computer.
When you are presented with a learning opportunity, use each of these styles to increase your skill and knowledge of the topic. While taking notes during a lecture, take time to draw yourself a picture of more abstract or difficult concepts. Find a way to illustrate a reading text; or, find objects to use to make the text moveable. So, when you enter a learning situation, remember to SWIM.