To Be Decided: Learning Styles

Hey everyone, for this column we’re going to be doing something similar to the one where we covered the different kinds of schooling systems that exist. We’ll be going a little more in-depth, instead of school systems we’re going to be covering learning styles. Well, not all of them as they are in great abundance but the primary seven of them that seem to recur quite a lot both online and in schools.

So, number one is visual learning. Visual learning is pretty self-explanatory in the sense that yes showing pictures or videos that maybe relevant to the lesson at hand is very useful. It can also be helped by less apparent visual cues like bullet points that may cause people to think back to any other relevant material. A good example of visual learning is showing a scene from a film that was originally a book. This may help the learner greatly in making important plot and character notes, and even notes about the adaptation from book to film. Now, while it is important to give visual learners lots of visual cues it is also important to give information with said cues otherwise they may make lots of connections to random pieces of information rather than the relevant material. This shouldn’t be too hard for a teacher to provide adequate information for their subject.

Number two is auditory learners. These are learners who work best with sounds and music. This has sometimes proven to be a hard method for  traditional subjects but it is more than possible. Sometimes it’s even practice, for example when learning maths in my secondary school we learnt this amazing and simple song to memorise radius and diameter. It was called the circle song, hear it on YouTube here. It was quite useful for me and more or less every student passed maths that year so even non-auditory learners can benefit from forms of aural learning. Another thing to remember about aural leaning is that it isn’t just linked to music. So if you can think of a way to say a word weirdly, it that might stick in a student’s head and help them remember something extra about it.

At number three, we have verbal learners. Verbal learners are those who work better when talking things through in more interactively. So ,unfortunately verbal learners aren’t just better at learning when you speak at them. Although, that would make a demographic of people far easier to teach. So a good way to teach verbal learners would be by doing things like acronyms that they have to talk through. You can help these types of learners even more by having them interact with another student and trying to get them to memorise things. Another handy way of getting these kinds of learners to remember things could be presentations where they have to talk about the information they are trying to memorise this way the class as a whole gets to hear the information more and those in the class that are verbal learners can intake this information easier.

For number four we have physical learners and physical learners work better with, yeah you guessed, it physical things. Physical learners tend to do things like move their hands more when they talk or often just move. Of course these aren’t the only attributes of a physical leaner as they tend to vary, but physical learners are the type that learn things much better when they’ve gone through things. This can be quite a challenging one for people as physical activities as part of the learning process can be hard to implement. Other than perhaps activities in class, but while working out and problem solving things themselves can work as well some people may find this difficult if they are trying to learn something new.

The fifth learning style we have on this list is logical learners. This type of learner is usually the type of person who enjoys solving hard thinking issues problems. This type of learner is usually easy to indulge, giving them puzzles to solve and anything that can make the subject a little more fleshed out. Anything to let them ask questions about why things are usually helps quite a lot, although these kinds of learners may sometimes struggle with more open-ended problems where there isn’t necessarily a right or wrong way to solve something.

Our sixth learning style on this list is social learning. This one is just about as self-explanatory as the rest. Shockingly, social learners work best in groups and among friends so for an example they will often work better when they feel like they are engaged with the classroom. It could be by the teacher themselves talking to the students or getting them to read out work as they often like hearing what others have to say on the subject. Including and especially their friends and those they respect. In a situation where a social learner is properly attended to the teacher may well be deemed as a friend or at least respected and this will give a social learner a safe and comfortable situation to learn.

For our final and seventh learning style we have solitary learners and sometimes it can be difficult to know how to approach and engage these learners. They will often prefer to figure things out independently but this doesn’t mean they are necessarily introverted or stay away from others. It may shift depending on if they are learning or not, as a result it makes them a little harder to identify sometimes. When you have you can provide them tasks that they can work through themselves. When appropriate in learning situations you can engage them with questions as and when you think it is right to.

Thanks for giving one of our longer columns a read and I hope that you learnt something. Why not try some of these different learning styles to see how you work best and remember there are more out there. Something will work for you so have a good day and happy learning.

Matt Exell

Kappu Education Researcher, Blogger, Intern and College Student

2 thoughts on “To Be Decided: Learning Styles

    1. i do agree that prior knowledge of a learner is more helpful as that gives a clearer picture to a learner than putting them into a group certain of learners although i’d say its good for seeing how learners respond to certain things and can definitely help build that picture of what a learner may need to continue improving

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