Understanding Student’s Learning Styles

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The topic I chose to research revolves around the idea that all students learn differently. It is crucial for the student to understand at an early age which learning style makes them the most successful, and it the teachers job to help them figure it out. Teachers have an amazing opportunity to guide young learners, and help them understand what is going to make them most successful.

One of the topics this article mentions is that there are 4 types of learners: Visual learners, Auditory learners, Reading/ Writing learners, and Kinesthetic learners otherwise known as VARK. Visual learners prefer the use of images or pictures to help guide their thought process, Auditory learners prefer talking through situations or learning via a lecture or presentation. Reading and Writing learners usually are avid note takers and learn from writing things down and rereading them where as kinesthetic learners prefer to be hands on and learn things by practicing the process of doing them or walking through it. As one can see, understanding that there are all these different types of styles can help a teacher tailor their approach.

This article provides great advice for teachers to identify what types of learners their students are. This article provides recommendations for teachers to potentially provide their students with. It is labeled SWOT: study without tears. It essentially groups the 4 different learning styles and provides tips to for studying and learning.

Visual Learners:

  • Utilize graphic organizers such as charts, graphs and diagrams.
  • Redraw your pages from memory.
  • Replace important words with symbols or initials.
  • Highlight important key terms in corresponding colors.

Auditory learners:

  • Record your summarized notes and listen to them on tape.
  • Talk it out. Have a discussion with others to expand upon your understanding of a topic.
  • Reread your notes and/or assignment out loud.
  • Explain your notes to your peers/fellow “aural” learners.

Reading/ Writing:

  • Write, write and rewrite your words and notes.
  • Reword main ideas and principles to gain a deeper understanding.
  • Organize diagrams, charts, and graphic organizers into statements.

Kinesthetic learners:

  • Use real life examples, applications and case studies in your summary to help with abstract concepts.
  • Redo lab experiments or projects.
  • Utilize pictures and photographs that illustrate your idea.

Overall this is a great article and the next will be focused on the types of learners potentially in more detail and touching more on how teachers can tailor their lessons to help their students. Stay Tuned!

View Article: https://teach.com/what/teachers-teach/learning-styles/

 

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