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Previously we’ve discussed what learning styles are, how they are different from multiple intelligences, and how to assess both. Remember, learning styles are how people learn successfully. There are three main types of learning styles – visual, auditory and kinesthetic. It’s important to know how to recognise students’ learning styles and know how to teach each type.
We’ve broken each learning style down into:
Visual learners need to associate ideas, concepts, data and other information with images and techniques.
Auditory learning is a learning style in which a person learns through listening. Auditory learners need to hear what is being said in order to understand and may have difficulty with written instructions.
Kinesthetic (also called Tactile) Learning is a learning style in which learning takes place by the student carrying out a physical activity, rather than listening to a lecture or watching a demonstration.
How to Teach to All Three Learning Styles
Most likely you will have a good mix of all three learning styles in your class. It is highly encouraged to incorporate teaching methods that will benefit each type of learner. Instead of just orally presenting use role play, audience participation and even music to convey information. Give your students guided notes to fill in the blanks and use visuals in your slides. Have your students reteach the information to their neighbor or a small group of people. Not only will your training session be more interesting, your audience will probably learn better!