The first reference to Learning Types that I could find was from 1987. Apparently, Neil Fleming, a New Zealand researcher, came up with the idea for the VARK model:
I am an auditory and reading/writing learner. I like to talk about things I am learning, and I like to write about the things I am learning.
Visual Learning Type
The visual learning style, or “spatial” learning, caters to learners who prefer to see the information presented to them clearly and try to visualize how different ideas and lessons relate.
Visual learners don’t just learn from reading the words but by going further and illustrating the words in different ways.
Visual learners like charts and graphs with other class material.
Many visual learners use index cards to learn on the go.
Auditory Learning Type
Auditory learners retain information best after hearing the information and reciting it back to themselves or someone in the room.
Often, these learners sort things out by “talking them out” and learning to say the material in their own words.
A tip for these learners: When you’re in the car, try to recite what you’ve been learning out loud. It will help you remember what you’ve learned and also can be a fun way to see what you still need to work on.
You can also use a “text to speech” website, which allows you to type in your notes, and the site will read them aloud to you!
Reading/writing Learning Type
Reading/Writing learners usually do their best when interacting with text and reading the information they need to retain.
This is similar to the “visual” learning style but deals more with the actual words rather than charts and graphs.
Many employers look for strong reading and writing skills when hiring.
A tip to retain your material: Try to annotate the notes from your class yourself. It can help you remember key concepts and can also help you study in the future.
Kinesthetic Learning Type
Kinesthetic or “tactile” learners learn through experiencing or doing things and usually jump at the chance to participate in a hands-on activity.
Kinesthetic learners should look ahead in their lesson plans and apply new concepts in real life.