I am a tactile/visual learner in equal percentage, which is what I found in a recent online test. The link is available here.
With descriptions and explanation from the website below, I am able to better understand the way I learn and how I can help myself learn better.
You learn by touching and doing. You understand and remember things through physical movement. You are a “hands-on” learner who prefers to touch, move, build, or draw what you learn, and you tend to learn better when some type of physical activity is involved. You need to be active and take frequent breaks, you often speak with your hands and with gestures, and you may have difficulty sitting still.
As a tactile learner, you like to take things apart and put things together, and you tend to find reasons to tinker or move around when you become bored. You may be very well coordinated and have good athletic ability. You can easily remember things that were done but may have difficulty remembering what you saw or heard in the process. You often communicate by touching, and you appreciate physically expressed forms of encouragement, such as a pat on the back.
You learn by reading or seeing pictures. You understand and remember things by sight. You can picture what you are learning in your head, and you learn best by using methods that are primarily visual. You like to see what you are learning.
As a visual learner, you are usually neat and clean. You often close your eyes to visualize or remember something, and you will find something to watch if you become bored. You may have difficulty with spoken directions and may be easily distracted by sounds. You are attracted to color and to spoken language (like stories) that is rich in imagery.
Some suggestions given to tactile/visual learners are that
- Use flashcards to learn new words
- Try to avoid distractions.
- Colour code things.
- Try to visualize things that you hear or things that are read to you.
- Do lots of hand-on activities.
It’s a good thing I’m in Art and Design huh. With visual/tactile (and also auditory) learning tendencies, my way of learning has mostly been to draw out my notes, fidget a lot when in class, imagining the events in a book or notes, especially in history, so that I remember the events better, and even just moving a lot when thinking.