What is Learning Styles?

The Learning Styles application allows students to find out their preferred learning style; Visual (seeing), Auditory (listening) or Kinaesthetic (hands on) based on their response to a series of questions. Once a student has taken the test the students preferred learning style will then be visible to the teacher.

Why is knowing a students Learning Style important?

Learning Styles theory dictates that each student has a preferred way of absorbing information. Some learn better by seeing, some by listening and others by actually doing. The Learning Styles application can help teachers to identify their student’s preferred Learning Style. Once a learning style has been identified, you can then maximize it to enhance the student’s education.
It is important to remember that no one learning style is better than the others; it is all about what works best for the individual student.

Visual Learners:

  • Learn through seeing the world around them.
  • Think in pictures and need to create vivid mental images to retain information.
  • Enjoy looking at maps, charts, pictures, videos, and movies.
  • Need to sit near the front of the class so they need to see the teacher’s body language and facial expressions to fully understand what is being said.
  • Have visual skills which are demonstrated in puzzle building, reading, writing, understanding charts and graphs, manipulating images, constructing, fixing, designing practical objects, and interpreting visual images.

Auditory Learners:

  • Learn best through verbal lessons, classroom discussions, talking things through and listening to others.
  • Have highly developed auditory skills and are generally good at speaking and presenting.
  • Think in words rather than pictures.
  • Have auditory skills demonstrated in listening, speaking, writing, storytelling, explaining, teaching, using humour, understanding the syntax and meaning of words, remembering information, arguing their point of view.

Kinaesthetic Learners:

  • Learn through moving, doing and touching.
  • Express themselves through movement.
  • Have good sense of balance and eye-hand coordination.
  • Remember and process information through interacting with the space around them.
  • Find it hard to sit still for long periods and may become distracted by their need for activity and exploration.
  • Have skills demonstrated in physical coordination, athletic ability, hands on experimentation, using body language, crafts, acting, miming, using their hands to create or build, dancing, and expressing emotions through the body.

Introduction to Learning Styles

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