Learning Styles to Maximize your Students’ Learning

Darryl Bachmeier
May 8, 2019

Teaching is one of the most rewarding yet challenging jobs in the world. Accommodating students of a diverse skill set and learning capability is not an easy task, and this is where the competence of a teacher is really put to the test.

As a teacher, it’s difficult to ensure that each student is able to follow the pace of the class. While some students may be exceptionally quick, others may daydream or find it difficult to comprehend.

So what should teachers do in such a scenario? In this article, we’ll be discussing four learning styles that will help you maximize your student’s learning potential.

Visual learning

As the name suggestions, this learning style caters to everything that’s visual. Students who prefer this style will enjoy learning techniques such using boards, diagrams, pictures, or more. By focusing on learning through their sight, they focus their occipital and parietal lobes in their brains that manage our visual sense. Through this, they can easily memorize or recall the topic at hand.

As a teacher, you can facilitate these students by teaching them through whiteboards, cards, or illustrations. Visual learners also greatly benefit from symbols like arrows and charts to shape and structure information in their minds. If you are not sure how to identify students who prefer visual learning, then look for students who like to make illustrative notes, carry sticky-notes with them, or create diagrams.

Additionally, you should consistently encourage them to make their diagrams and notes, as there is scientific research as well that proves that writing things down leads to better memory.

Kinesthetic learning

The learning methodology behind this fancy word is simple – learning by experience. Kinesthetic learners are also called tactile learners, as they optimize their learning through a physical aspect in the theoretical learning process. If you are teaching them about gravity, it is better if you let them drop a ball from some height to demonstrate the concept. If you are a literature teacher, you can get your students to act our particular scenes of a book or animate the dialogues yourself.

As these students tend to be physically active, you should include lessons that involve movement. Learning games that involve moving in the class or healthy group activities is an ideal way of targeting these students. Even though a traditional classroom structure may not be their cup of tea, you can try different tools like flashcards that make their classroom experience into an interactive activity.

Auditory Learning

As the name implies, students who love to speak out and learn through listening should be catered to the auditory learning style. These students benefit through consistent reinforcement of the lesson through their own voices or their teacher’s voice. This is why they also tend to participate actively in class and read out their chapters to themselves.

If you spot a student like this in your class, ask them questions during the class lectures. Encouraging such students to speak not only increases their confidence but also reinforces their memory. You can also try incorporating educational videos or audio clips to ensure a fruitful session for them.

A word of caution, however, students who prefer auditory learning may not make consistent notes as it acts as a distraction for them. They dedicate their entire focus to listening to you, so make sure to avoid a monotonous tone and keep the content of the lecture engaging.

Reading / Writing learning

Finally, some students excel in their learning progress by reading/writing written words. Students of this group love to read and you will often find their faces stuck in a book. They are also excellent in expressing themselves through their writings and fulfilling their curiosities through research and web browsing.

Students who prefer reading and writing should be encouraged to make extensive notes and assigned text-centric and research-based assignments. Since they are efficient at being attentive in class, making notes, and studying, they often find traditional examinations easy as well.

Luckily for you as a teacher, accommodating these students is a walk in the park, as most of the traditional education structure is based on this methodology. It should be noted however that just because these students are good at reading and writing, that does not mean that the content of the education is not modified to be engaging and interesting.

Summing it up

One teacher has the potential of turning a student’s life around.

If you’re a teacher, we applaud you for your dedication and hard work. We hope this article proves to be useful for you. Happy learning and teaching!

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