The way a person prefers to learn is called his or her learning style.  There is no right or wrong/good or bad learning style. Each one has advantages and disadvantages. It has nothing to do with intelligence or skills; it has everything to do with the way a person's brain works to learn and store information efficiently.

During childhood, each person advances through various stages of each style. However, each person is born with tendencies toward one main style. Unfortunately, most people have not had information presented in the style conducive to their learning.

Why you need to know about learning styles:

Since everyone learns differently, understanding learning styles can help you become a better tutor. By examining learning styles, you will become aware of how each person's brain learns best.  This awareness gives you and your tutees the chance to study effectively.

The more you examine learning styles, the more you and your tutees will benefit from strategies geared toward their most proficient style. You can also use this information for modeling skills that your tutee can use independently.  As you learn more about preferred learning styles, you can enhance learning and communication skills. You can also work to offset the disadvantages that a learning style may present.  To determine your learning style (or your tutee's learning style), take a Learning Styles test. One can be obtained from this website or from the Director of the Center.

Types of learning styles:

    auditory (hearing),

    tactile (doing), and

    visual (seeing).

Mnemonic Devices: These are simply techniques that help us remember. You are probably familiar with many different mnemonic devices. A few are listed below. These devices are very good for visual and auditory learners. USE THEM!

Mnemonics (Memory-Aiding Devices)

Anatomy: To remember the cranial nerves:

    "On Old Olympus' Towering Tops A Fat Angelic Girl Viewed Spanish Hops."

    (Olfactory, Optic, Oculomotor, Trochlear, Trigeminal, Abducent, Facial, Auditory, Glossopharyngeal, Vagar, Spinal Accessory, Hypoglossal)

Astronomy: To remember the order of the planets from the sun:

    "Mary Very Easily Makes Jam Saturday Unless No Plums."

    (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto)

Biology: To remember the classification of living things

    "Kings Play Cards On Fairly Good Soft Velvet."

    (Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species, Variety)

Colours of Spectrum: To remember the order of the colours of the spectrum:

    "Roy G. Biv"

    (Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet)

Geography: To remember the names of the Great Lakes:


    (visualize summer homes on the edge of the lake – Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior)

Marine Navigation: To remember the names of a ship's side and the light colour of each side:

    "PORT is a red wine and red is the left side of politics."

    (The left side of the ship is called Port and has a red light). or PORT has four letters, as does LEFT.

Economics: To remember that a "tight labour market" means there are many jobs available:

    "Tell your boss to fly a kite,
    When the labour market is tight."

Nerves: For the order of nerves that pass through the superior orbital tissue in the skull:

    "Lazy French Tarts Lie Naked in Anticipation."

    (Lacrinal, Frontal, Trochlear, Lateral, Nosociliary, Internal, Abduceir)

Amino Acids: For the ten essential amino acids:

    "These Ten Valuable Amino Acids Have Long Preserved Life In Man."

    (Threonine, Tryptophan, Valine, Arginine, Histidine, Lysine, Phenylalanine, Leucine, Isoleucine, Methionine)

Blood: For the functions of blood:

    "Old Charlie Foster Hates Women Having Dull Clothes."

    (Oxygen (transport), Carbon Dioxide (transport), Food, Heat, Waste, Hormones, Disease, Clotting)

Bile: For the properties of bile:

    "Bile from the liver emulsifies greases,
    Tinges the urine and colours the faeces,
    Aids peristalsis, prevents putrefaction.
    If you remember all this you'll give satisfaction."

Excretion: For the excretory organs of the body:


    (Skin, Kidneys, Intestines, Liver, Lungs).



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