Much like the multiple Intelligence theory there is also research that shows that different styles can affect the quality of our learning. The main 3 are 1. Visual, 2. Auditory 3. Kinetic.
Knowing how our students learn best can give us valuable information on how to best teach them.
So how can we learn to understand our students of our children's learning styles?
Through careful observation, you will be able to pick up certain patterns in how your children communicate. These ways of communication can give you a better understanding on their learning styles. Look for the following clues for each learning
Visual learners: Approximately 65 percent of the population.
1. Express themselves through facial expression. 2. They are more interested in videos and images, flashcards and charts. 3 They are more adept at solving problems using visual aids. 4. Students who are more visual tend to do better in traditional school environments. 5 They may have more difficulty with oral directions, especially those with more steps. 6. They often look to see what everyone else is doing. 7. They may have issues with outside noises or background music. 8. May have difficulty following lectures. 9. They may not remember information given orally without being able to see it. 10. They may perform more poorly on oral or timed tests.
SUGGESTIONS FOR VISUAL LEARNERS
Write things down
Jot down key points on post-it notes and display around the house
Copy what's on the board
Sit near the front of the classroom to see instructor clearly
Write key words
Create visual reminders of auditory info
Use mind maps to summarize large tracts of information
Use highlighters, underlining, etc.
Auditory Learners: Approximately 30 percent of the population.
1. Are best at collecting information with their ears. 2. Are proficient at memorizing words and sounds by repeating the words again and again. 3 They often like background music to block out interrupting noises. 4. They are good at story telling. 5. They like to read out loud. 6. They are not afraid to speak in class. 7. They are good at explaining. 8. They are good at grammar and foreign languages. 9. They follow spoken directions very well. 10. Can't keep quiet for a certain length of time.
SUGGESTIONS FOR AUDITORY LEARNERS
Use audiotapes for learning languages
Read textbooks aloud
Repeat facts with eyes closed
Describe aloud what is to be remembered
Use word association to remember facts and lines.
Participate in group discussions.
Listen to taped notes
Record lectures & listen to them again
Avoid auditory distractions.
Kinesthetic Learners: Approximately 5 percent of the population.
1. Likes to use a hands on approach to learning new material. 2. Generally good at math and science. 3. Would rather demonstrate how to do something rather than verbally explain it. 4. Remembers by using tools, building models and manipulating things. 5. Find it difficult to sit still for long periods of time. 6. Prefer to stand, walk about or use large motor muscles when learning. 7. Do not have good handwriting 8. Are weaker at spelling. 9. Talk fast using hands to communicate 10. Prefer participating actively rather than watching video or reading from a book.
SUGGESTIONS FOR TACTILE-KINESTHETIC LEARNERS
Create a model
Demonstrate a principle
Practice a technique
Participate in simulations
Engage in hands-on activities
Study in comfortable position, not necessarily sitting in a chair
Knowing what how you learn best should help you to decide on how should spend your time studying, and teaching, but proponents to this theory have argued that there is no conclusive evidence that focusing on the learning style is that impactful. It’s still worth it to spend time thinking how you have been successful with learning English, as these learning styles along with your multiple intelligence preferences could help you how you can best study and teach English.