How To Best Utilize Your Individual Learning Style

As you may or may not know, in addition to freelance writing, I also work as a tutor. Though the work is rewarding, sometimes it can be frustrating due to common learning obstacles. Whether you’re a tutor or a student, this post will likely benefit you if you want to learn new material with ease. 

The Four Styles of Learning 

As of right now, there are four primary styles of learning: visual, aural, verbal, and physical.

These different types of learning are based in various realms of the senses and can be utilized in order to help overcome learning blocks or to simply ease the process of learning, and retaining, new information.

Because individuals learn new concepts in different ways, switching up your teaching style can make your job a thousand times easier. Once you’re able to identify which learning style best fits a particular student, you can start teaching them in ways that they’ll find easy to understand.

Visual 

Visual learners learn best when they’re able to utilize their sense of sight in the classroom. Typically, they utilize tools like maps and color coding in order to better facilitate the learning process.

If a visual learner hits a roadblock during a certain lesson, or has trouble retaining a certain concept, it’s a good idea to introduce brainstorming webs, mind maps, color coding, illustrations, photos, images, and systems diagrams into the lesson.

When working with visual learners, you want to replace text with colors and images as frequently as possible.

For example, if a student is learning about anatomy and physiology, an illustration of the body’s inner anatomy would likely be beneficial.

Aural

Aural learners learn best when they’re able to utilize their sense of hearing in the classroom. Typically, they utilize tools like mnemonics and rhymes in order to better facilitate the learning process.

If an aural learner, like me, hits a roadblock during a certain lesson, or has trouble retaining a certain concept, it’s a good idea to introduce mnemonics, rhymes, onomatopoeia, acrostics, music, background noise, and musical anchoring techniques into the lesson.

When working with aural learners, you want to replace information with sound as frequently as possible.

For example, if a student is learning about solving algebraic equations, using mnemonics, like the infamous PEMDAS, would likely be beneficial.

Verbal

Visual learners learn best when they’re able to utilize written or spoken words in the classroom. Typically, they utilize tools like scripts and mnemonics in order to better facilitate the learning process.

If a visual learner hits a roadblock during a certain lesson, or has trouble retaining a certain concept, it’s a good idea to introduce scripts, mnemonics, role playing, and reading aloud into the lesson.

When working with visual learners, you want to emphasize written and spoken words as much as possible and replace pictures or color coding with text as frequently as possible.

For example, if a student is learning new vocabulary, giving him or her flash cards to practice with would likely be beneficial.

Physical 

Physical learners learn best when they’re able to utilize their sense of touch in the classroom. Typically, they utilize tools like hands-on experiences and models in order to better facilitate the learning process.

If a physical learner hits a roadblock during a certain lesson, or has trouble retaining a certain concept, it’s a good idea to introduce models, hands-on work, role playing, drawing diagrams,  and using physical objects into the lesson.

When working with physical learners, you want to replace text and pictures with hands-on experience or physical objects as frequently as possible.

For example, if a student is learning about sailboats, giving him or her a model sailboat to examine would likely be effective.

Hopefully, this post was informative and will allow you to better cater to your students’ individual needs or simply help you to better utilize your own individual style of learning.

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