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May 24, 2017


Learning style is an individual’s natural pattern of acquiring and processing information in learning situations. For improving your learning efficiency is to recognize your learning habits and styles.

Students learn in many ways and research has shown that students can perform better on tests if they change study habits to fit their own personal learning styles. Some remember things they’ve seen, some what they’ve heard, while others remember things they’ve experienced. But for most students, one of these methods stands out.

For example, visual – learning students will sometimes struggle during essay exams, because they can’t recall test material that was ‘heard’ in a lecture. However, if the visual learner uses a visual aid when studying, like colorful outline of test materials, he or she may retain more information. For this type of learner, visual tools improve the ability to recall information more completely.

There are three main types of learning styles: auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. Most people learn best through a combination of the three types of learning styles, but everybody is different.

Auditory learners: Hear
Auditory learners are those who learn best through hearing things.

Some important characteristics of an auditory learner:

  • Follows spoken directions well.
  • Is good at explaining.
  • Remembers names.
  • Likes to read self out loud.
  • Not afraid to speak in the class.
  • Notices sound effects in movies.
  • Enjoys music.
  • Can’t keep quiet for long periods.
  • Enjoys acting, being on stage.
  • Reads slowly.

Activities for auditory learner:

  • Oral presentations
  • Tape recordings
  • Panel discussion
  • Verbal games
  • Debates
  • Oral recitation
  • Demonstrations
  • Poems/songs

Highlights for teachers:

  • Learns best by verbal instructions.
  • Easily distracted by noise.

Visual learners: See

Visual learners are those who learn best through what they read and write. They understand information best when they SEE IT.

Some important characteristics of a visual learner:

  • Prefer to see the words written down.
  • Prefer a diagram to remember historical events.
  • Prefer written instructions rather than verbal instructions.
  • Observes all the physical elements in a classroom.
  • Prefers photographs and illustrations with printed content.
  • Remembers and understands through the use of diagrams, charts and maps.
  • Studies materials by reading notes and organizing it in outline form.
  • Enjoys visual art activities.

Activities for visual learner:

  • Illustrations, diagrams, photographs
  • PowerPoint presentation
  • Posters, collages
  • Movies, games
  • Flash cards
  • Writing , reading

Highlights for teachers:

  • Learns best by writing down things (taking notes).
  • Most visual learners learn best alone.
  • Use charts, maps, posters, power point presentations, videos, computer.

Kinesthetic learners: Touch

Kinesthetic learners remember what they DO, what they experience with their hands i.e. they learn best through things they experience.
Some important characteristics of a kinesthetic learner:

  • Remember what they do.
  • Enjoys making and creating.
  • Enjoys using computers.
  • Has trouble staying still for a long time.
  • Enjoys hands-on activities.
  • Fiddle with small objects while listening or working.

Activities for Kinesthetic learner:

  • Role play /interviews
  • Plays
  • Projects
  • Science labs
  • Surveys
  • Cut –and –paste tasks
  • Demonstrations
  • Field trips

Highlights for teachers:

  • Encourage to write down their notes.
  • Allow to take breaks during lessons.
  • Incorporate multimedia resources.

Knowing and understanding the types of learning styles is important for students of any age. It is advantageous for students to understand their type of learning style early on so that homework and learning may become easier and less stressful in
the future.

Manmeet Kaur Reen holds a degree in Home Science, M.Sc in Child Development, Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Child Guidance and Family Counseling, M.A in Psychology, B.Ed, and has also done a course in Learning Disability.
She loves teaching, to inspire young minds to develop their unique personalities. She believes a good teacher is someone who enjoys what he/she does and has the ability to receive and give feedback to support learning among students to make studies joyful and enable students to grow. She likes to write articles for newspapers, magazines and journals concerning areas related to education, parents and adolescents.
She is currently working as a PGT Home Science Teacher in Doon International School, Mohali.

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