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Information & Advice

...for Students

...for Staff

...on Assistive Technology

Learning Styles

Here is some information from the British Dyslexia Association website: What does dyslexia mean for me?

There are Three main learning styles:

Auditory - using sounds and words

Visual - using your own images, imagining pictures in your mind

Kinaesthetic - active learning, doing, touching, practising things.

If you can identify your learning style you can improve the way you work.

There can be any combination of these, for example, auditory-visual or auditory-kinaesthetic. Everyone needs to think about how they think and learn about how they learn best.

Look at the following lists of activities related to each area of learning.

This can provide a rough guide to your learning style.


Auditory Visual Kinaesthetic
Audio tape.
Video conferencing.
Using mnemonics to remember facts.
Taking part in debates.
Reading aloud.
Computer based learning.
Videos & TV.
OHP presentations
Using interactive CD-Roms.
Using mind maps, flow charts.
Colour coding your notes.
Interactive CD-Roms.
Field Trips.
Computer based learning.
Activity-based learning.
Rehearsing and performing.
Using movement to stimulate memory.
Drawing diagrams and mind maps.
Using games.



Your dyslexia may cause you personal difficulties as well as the more obvious task related problems.

You may not be very self-confident.

It is important that you are able to accept the areas you have strengths and those where you have weaknesses.

Try not to worry if you cannot do a task, everyone has weaknesses.

Having a positive and honest attitude will gain you much respect.


Some general points about dyslexic learners

It has been claimed (sorry, we have no reference for this) that people remember:

10% of what they read
20% of what they hear
30% of what they see
50% of what they hear and see
70% of what they say and write
90% of what they say as they do something.

These figures may be difficult to prove, but the point is that we all need to be aware of our own learning style and the ways of doing things which work best for us personally.


Learning styles questionnaire

There is an online learning style questionnaire at the Vark web site ( - VARK: visual, auditory, read/write, kinaesthetic. There are 13 multiple choice questions, and it then tells you what your main learning style is and gives you suggestions about how to make the best use of it.