Learning Styles

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Visual Learner:
The Seeing-is-Believing Student
Is Natural at ----
  • Dressing well
  • Remembering details and colors
  • Reading, spelling, proofreading
  • Remembering faces of people (but forgets names)
  • Remembers names seen in print
  • Creating mental (visual) images
Solves Problems by --
  • Reading information, listing problems
  • Preparing graphic organizers to organize thoughts
  • Uses flow charts
  • Seeing that it works graphically -- on paper -- and in the mind's eye
Testing and Assessment Needs
  • Visual/written tests
  • Research papers
  • Written reports
  • Graphic illustrations
Learns Best by -- 
  • Taking notes, making lists
  • Reading information to be learned 
  • Learning from books, videotapes, filmstrips, printouts 
  • Seeing a demonstration
Studying/Reading Characteristics
  • Reads for pleasure/relaxation 
  • Can spend long periods of time studying 
  • Requires quiet during study 
  • Reads rapidly 
  • Learns to spell words in configurations rather than phonetically

Difficulties in School
  • Need to take action before seeing what  needs  to be done
  • Working in an environment with noise or movement 
  • Tuning out sounds
  • Listening to lectures without visual picture or illustrations
  • Dealing with unappealing physical appearance of teacher
  • Working in classrooms with no decorations or drab colors
  • Working under fluorescent lights -- makes is hard to concentrates

Auditory Learner:
The Talking, Listening Student
Is natural at ---
  • Speaking extemporaneously -- can think on his/her feet
  • Noticing sounds in environment
  • Remembering names of people he or she meets -- forgets faces
  • Working with words and languages
  • Tuning into small shifts in voice intonation
Solves problems by ---
  • Talking about pros and cons
  • Talking about options
  • Asking others what they would do in a situation
  • Verbalizing the goal until it sounds right
  • Auditory repetition
Testing/Assessment Needs
  • Verbal rather than written
  • Describes projects orally
  • Sings or recites poetry as projects
  • Needs to be interviewed for what has been learned
Learns best by ---
  • Talking aloud 
  • Listening to a lecture
  • Discussing in small or large groups
  • Hearing music without words as a background in the learning environment
Studying/Reading Characteristics
  • Reads dialogues and plays
  • Sub vocalizes internally or externally for comprehension
  • Stops while reading to talk to self or others about what is read
  • Good at phonetically sounding out new words
Difficulties in School
  • Reading quickly; reads more slowly than visual learner
  • Reading silently for prolonged periods of times 
  • Reading directions; unaware of illustrations 
  • Taking timed tests that must be read and written 
  • Living with enforced silence -- can't wait to talk 
  • Seeing significant detail 

Kinesthetic Learner:
The Action Student
Is a natural at --
  • Sports, dance
  • Adventure, competition, challenge
  • Running, jumping, leaping, rolling
  • Action using large motor muscles 
Solves Problems by ---
  • Taking action, then planning based on results
  • Attacking problems physically
  • Seeking solutions that involve great physical activity
  • Preferring to solve problems individually or in small groups
  • Trial and error/exploration 

Testing/Assessment Needs
  • Performance based
  • Project oriented
  • Show or demonstrate what student has learned
  • Application level -- prefers to show how to do something
Learns best by ---
  • Doing, hands-on approach -- manipulation, simulations, live events
  • Physical involvement in learning
  • Field trips to gain knowledge
  • Small group discussion
Studying/Reading Characteristics
  • Reads primarily for meaning and function, rather than enjoyment 
  • Reads “how-to” books 
  • Reads action-oriented books/plays 
  • Reads books that are brief 
  • Studies for short periods interspersed with moving around 
  • Lays on floor or bed to study 
Difficulties in School
  • Having good interpersonal skills Having legible cursive handwriting
  • Sitting still
  • Listening to lectures of more than four minutes
  • Spelling
  • Recalling what was seen or heard -- remembers everything that was done
  • Expressing emotions without physical movement
  • Sticking with any activity for long periods of time

Tactual Learner
The Sensitive, Feeling/Tactile,
Touching Student
Is natural at --
  • Interpersonal skills, anticipating people’s feelings
  • Reading nonverbal communication
  • Fine motor activities, graphics, crafts, cursive writing and calligraphy
  • Sensing environment issues such as hot, cold, smells
Solves problems by ---
  • Thinking “what would it feel like if…
  • Talking to people in order to share feelings about the problem and the solution
  • Following a solution when he or she knows it feels right
  • Going at own pace
Test/Assessment Needs
  • Performs or takes test when he or she is ready or comfortable
  • Tests best when he or she can be subjective -- essay questions
  • Open book, low pressure
  • Could be “test phobic” if environment is not secure
Learns best by --
  • Liking and respecting the teacher
  • Having a welcoming, comfortable, secure classroom climate and environment
  • Working with things they can handle
  • Progressing at own pace
  • Rewriting notes taken in class
Studying/Reading Characteristics
  • Reads for pleasure and feelings it evokes
  • Reads at his or her own pace and likes to select what is read
  • Prefers historical and/or romantic novels or biographies
  • Studies best in pleasant surroundings
Difficulties in School
  • Learning if feelings are hurt 
  • Succeeding without teacher approval and respect 
  • Working in a classroom not decorated in a warm way 
  • Working with people that don't like him 
  • Being in the class of a teacher whose interpersonal skills are weak 
  • Needs to touch, feel, manipulate things  

Related Links
Learning Styles
Learning Styles
Meyers Briggs
    Prayers by type
Multiple Intelligences
Kiersey Personality Type

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