Definition of Learning;
The acquisition of knowledge or skills through study, experience, or being taught.
– The Oxford English Dictionary
For most of us, the first eighteen or so years of our life are dedicated to learning. From birth, our brain is like a sponge looking to absorb information. Between the age of four or five, up until the age of eighteen we spend our time in school learning maths, literacy, science, geography, history and many other subjects, learning the basics up to the more complex. However depending on what the school we go to is like and whether we went to school five years ago, thirty years or more, the way we were taught would be different.
For those who don’t know it, I want to introduce you to learning styles. Both children and adults, older or younger have a different way in which they learn. There are discussions and theories of whether there are three or five different learning styles, however I am going to explore the three learning styles, Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic.
WHAT IS A VISUAL LEARNER?
A visual learner will learn through pictures,text, colours, shapes, images and video. When recalling information they will be able to visualize it.
Also, a visual learner may;
-use colour to organise things.
WHAT IS A KINESTHETIC LEARNER?
A kinesthetic learner will learn through movement and touch. The body and sense of touch will play a huge part in aiding a kinesthetic learner in remembering. When learning new things, they may;
-Find it hard to sit still.
-Want to actively participate in something rather than have to learn everything before.
-Like learning through texture.
What is an auditory learner?
An auditory learner will learn best through sounds whether verbal, musical or direct sounds from sources. To remember information, they may learn best by;
-Listening to things rather that reading things.
-Use recording of information to absorb new things.
-Remember thing said to them in conversation or direct, verbal instructions.
-Work better in small group discussions or pair work rather than learning independently.
-Read out loud.
If you figure out what sort of learner you are and what sort of learner a child is, it will help things improve in many ways. You will realise that you will either be on the same page when it comes to learning styles, or completely different.
But the important thing is for a child to know is that it is okay to learn in a different way to someone else!
It may just mean for an auditory learner that at home you need to start recording things on your phone, playing them back and seeing how many different things a child can remember.
For a visual learner you may need to give them extra paper so they can doodle their thoughts and ideas whilst they are trying to remember things.
And for kinesthetic learners it may mean that you need to put posters with headings on around the house and put all the information they need to learn on strips of paper. They will find it much easier to learn if they are scurrying around the house, blue-tacking facts on a wall than by being made to sit and listen.
Of course, in a classroom it is much more difficult, and in even in families with more than one child- there are different learning styles all around. It’s about finding the balance of activities rather than deciding that one way is better than another due to a majority of preferences.
Now that this article is out there, all of our future articles for ideas of projects or learning will contain different ways to adapt an exercise for each type of learning.