Different Learning Styles

Date: December 6, 2017 Author: admin Categories: Learning Styles, The Reading Tutor

Just as we are all different individuals with different needs, opinions and beliefs, we also learn and take in information in different ways.

Some of us are more visual while other are more hands on.  Some are introverts and learn best in a smaller, organized setting, while others are extroverts and love a group setting with vivid discussions.

The same is true for children and their ability to learn. If you as a teacher or a parent can figure out the best learning style for your child, you can greatly help your child learn a new task or new material.

It’s said that there are 3 basic learning styles:

  • Auditory
  • Visual
  • Kinaesthetic.

According to .kidspot.com, when parents know their child’s best way to learn, they can help their child learn more effectively. And part of this process is for parents to understand their own learning style, because we tend to teach in that style. Understanding how your child learns can make their education a better experience. Kidspot.com breaks these basic tree learning styles down as follows:  

 

Auditory or language learners2017_DEC. Auditory

These types learn through listening to what others have to say and talking about what they’re learning. They’re also more likely to remember information by talking aloud and they need to have things explained orally. They often have trouble with written instructions and talk to themselves while learning something new.

 

Visual learners

2017_DEC.Visual1Visual learners are children that learn through watching. They prefer using images, pictures, colors, and maps to organize information and communicate with others.  They also have a good spatial sense, which gives them a good sense of direction. This is the most dominant learning style and many traditional classrooms are geared towards the visual learner.  Visual learners remembering visual details and prefer to see what they are learning.  They typically need  to have paper and pens handy and they tend to draw and doodle while listening.

 

 

Kinaesthetic/tactile learners2017_DEC.HandsOn

These children are hands on. They like to be actively involved in the learning process they tend to want to actually do whatever is being talked about. They often like to move around while listening or talking and use a lot of gestures while talking. They “talk” with their hands. These children also like to touch things in order to learn about them and remember events by recalling who did what rather than who said what.

 

Seven Learning styles

While any child can fit any of the three basic learning styles, there are other styles of learning that could help and enhance learning as well. time4learning.com have identified 7 learning styles that takes the subject one step further and that also integrates personalities.

  • Visual: You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
  • Aural: You prefer using sound and music.
  • Verbal: You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.
  • Physical: You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.
  • Logical: You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.
  • Social: You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.
  • Solitary: You prefer to work alone and use self-study.

 

When integrating personas and learning styles, a child can fall into multiple learning styles. For example, a child that is very visual may also be social and physical. By understanding where your child or student fall, you can as a parent or a teacher help your child tremendously and make learning so much more fun!