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Types of Learners

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What type of learner are you?

While types of learners have fallen out of fashion, it can be a useful tool to systematically come up with new approaches to explaining topics in the classroom. Everyone has their own way of learning and the truth is not one way of learning can be applied to everyone.

Do you remember a time where you’ve had to remember hundreds of facts for an exam the night before and you’ve found yourself trying to cram it all in? You may have used sticky notes, spider diagrams, pictures or reading out loud … Finding out the best way of learning can help a child exceed in their education.

Visual Learners

This style usually involves viewing pictures, graphs, diagrams and graphs. They usually remember what they read and write.

– Use flash card
– Draw pictures, bullet point, create posters, watch movies, copy notes and use highlighters!

Teaching strategies
– The best way to engage with visual learners is by creating presentations or getting them involved in visual projects. This could be by supplying magnets in class/home, which teaches them about the north and south pole. They can SEE how opposites attract and how the same points (north and north or south and south) repel each other.
– Make handouts visually appealing

Auditory learners

It is all about listening! Group discussions are a must because listening to what people say is the best way they recite information. Auditory learners enjoy reading out loud to themselves and speaking in class.

– Using acronyms for facts needed to remember.

Teaching strategies
– Using different sounds like music can be effective
– The tone can be important as they can recall a line of numbers by the tone of voice being used
– They may struggle with understanding a complicated text but is made clear when discussed by either teacher or peers
– Learning a song with meaning to it e.g. about the timetables

Kinaesthetic learner

The characteristics for this type of learner is being ‘hands on.’ They usually want to experiment and solve real-life problems. Studying with other students can be enjoyable and effective.

– Taking short burst of breaks can be more efficient when revising rather than studying for long periods of times.
– Taping what they’ve learnt and listening afterwards.

Teaching strategies
Embed field experiment trips
– Make models out of clay
– Exercises to get students moving around the class to demonstrate and objective

Reading/Writing Learners

These types of learners process information better by reading and writing. It’s easier for them than trying to learn with pictures and diagrams. Learners prefer to interpret pictures into words, thereby they will annotate pictures. Learners typically do well in writing long answers for exams.

– Write things out
– Use the ‘look, cover, write, check’ method

Teacher strategies
– Get students to compare class notes with each other – helpfully this enables students to evaluate each other’s work
– Encourage students to use highlighters and focus on key points
– Writing explanations for diagrams and charts can also be beneficial.

What type of learner do you think you are?

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