“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”Albert Einstein
Every student is different and learns differently and must be taught differently so that they may learn and understand the world around them. This is where different learning styles come into the picture.
In this article I will be exploring different learning styles, analyzing, presenting my thoughts as well trying to find if any one of them is a superior style of learning.
Before we begin, let me preface this by saying that these 7 learning styles that I am going to talk about are not absolute. According to different sources, the number of styles ranges anywhere from 4-8, 7 just seems to be one that sits with me the best.
And of course, I recommend that you do your own research. Let’s go!
Visual Learning Style
It is the model in which the learner needs to see information in order to process it. Visual Learning employs the use of graphs, maps, charts, diagrams, etc.
It is an advantageous style since in a general lecture a student might get distracted and miss out on a part of the lecture. However, using visual learning, these learners are likely to have a photographic memory and may use color, tone, and brightness to recall information. In the visual learning style, educators can teach and learners learn from even YouTube videos.
Visual Learning, however, can also be strenuous, since a lot of people do not enjoy drawing diagrams and poor diagrams will only hinder understanding; the same goes for inaccurate diagrams.
Aural Learning Style
The Aural Learning style is one in which the learners are able to absorb knowledge by listening. These are the people who are able to pay a lot of attention in classes and are able to answer concepts after listening about them.
It is seen that these learners are also proficient in language and acting, and are able to follow instructions to the point. Many school systems follow Aural Learning as it is much easier to apply when teaching.
A lot of subjects are taught exclusively in aural mode with the students having the option to take notes (higher classes).
Verbal Learning Style
In this Learning Style, the Learners prefer speaking out in order to remember concepts. Verbal Learning is similar to Aural and generally learners who are good at these, excel in school.
Verbal Learning is a good way to practice concepts and language at the same time. People efficient in this learning style tend to be good writers and actors. Some students also use Visual Learning along with Verbal by associating a place with a thing.
Physical Learning Style
Physical Learning refers to a person’s ability to process information physically through hand and body movement, control, and expression. It is also known as Tactile-Kinesthetic Learning Style.
In some ways, all children are natural physical learners. As babies, they rely on their sense of touch to grasp new ideas and concepts. If a child learns best by immersing himself in physical activities, he’s kinesthetic. These kids like to move and get their whole bodies involved in activities.
An example of a kinaesthetic learning experience is when a child learns to use a swing or to ride a bike. It is unfortunately a Learning Style that schools do not focus much on.
Logical Learning Style
These learners can make connections and recognize patterns with ease, and work well with numbers. They have a very systematic approach to learning and are excellent at keeping organized.
They make good scientists and mathematicians as these students are easily able to understand complicated concepts of Mathematics, Science, and Coding.
Among other learning styles, logical learning is one of a kind, as it is more of a skill that needs to be honed over time. This is a skill that can be developed over time with consistent studying and logical problem-solving. Personally, I would suggest playing strategy games like chess (not expert advice).
Social Learning Style
Social learners are typically strong at both verbal and nonverbal communication. They are often the people who listen well and give advice. Professional areas to consider for social learners include counseling, coaching, human resources, and sales.
These learners are extroverts and are very social. They work well in teams whether as a leader or a member and generally this is where they shine the most.
Again, this is a skill that is developed by interacting with the public and undertaking group projects.
Solitary Learning Style
Solitary learning style is the opposite of Social Learning; learners of this style work alone and are generally introverts.
They hardly talk to anyone and never want to participate in group projects, rather choosing to their projects on their own. They might be social in their free time but like to fly solo.
A prime example of solitary learning style is private tutoring and homeschooling, where children are mostly the only student. These learners end up being better at teaching and learning in a one-on-one session.
At the beginning of this Article, I said that I wanted to find out which style is the best. However, it seems impossible to judge that.
Each style is useful and important; each student learns differently so for each student the answer is different. I don’t like anticlimactic endings but it seems that I am at a stalemate here.
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