Auditory, Visual, and Tactile: Three ASVAB AFQT Study Strategies - dummies

Auditory, Visual, and Tactile: Three ASVAB AFQT Study Strategies

By Rod Powers

When preparing for the ASVAB AFQT, you may benefit by changing the way you study. First, ask yourself the following question: “Do I learn more quickly by hearing something, seeing something, or doing something.”

If you learn better by hearing, you are an auditory learner; if you learn better by seeing, you are a visual learner; and if you learn better by doing, you are a tactile learner. If you still aren’t sure which type of learner you are, the following information should help.

Auditory learners—learning by hearing

Here are some characteristics of auditory learners:

  • They prefer to hear information.
  • They have difficulty following written directions.
  • They have difficulty with reading and writing.
  • They may not look the speaker in the eye; instead, they may turn their eyes away so they can focus more on listening.

If you’re an auditory learner, keep in mind the following study suggestions:

  • Listen to readings and lectures on CDs or online recordings (when available).
  • Participate in discussions, ask questions, and repeat given information.
  • Summarize or paraphrase written material and record the information.
  • Discuss the material with someone else.

Visual learners—learning by seeing

Visual learners share the following characteristics:

  • They need to see it to learn it; they must have a mental picture.
  • They have artistic ability.
  • They have difficulty with spoken directions.
  • They find sounds distracting.
  • They have trouble following lectures.
  • They may misinterpret words.

If you’re a visual learner, follow these suggestions:

  • Use visuals (graphics, films, slides, illustrations, doodles, charts, notes, and flashcards) to reinforce learning.
  • Use multicolored highlighters or pens to organize your notes.
  • Write down directions.
  • Visualize words, phrases, and sentences to be memorized.
  • Write everything down; review often.

Tactile learners—learning by touching

Here are some characteristics of tactile learners:

  • They prefer hands-on learning or training.
  • They can often put objects together without the directions.
  • They have difficulty sitting still.
  • They learn better when they can get involved.
  • They may be coordinated and have athletic ability.

If you’re a tactile learner, try the following strategies:

  • Make a model, do lab work, role-play, “be the ball.”
  • Take frequent breaks.
  • Copy letters and words to learn how to spell and remember facts.
  • Use a computer to study as much as possible.
  • Write facts and figures over and over.
  • Read and walk, talk and walk, repeat and walk.