Take our short test to find out what sort of learner you are.
At the end of the test you will be given advice on how to make the best of your preferred learning style.
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Teacher's Guide to Learning Styles
How to help your Visual Learners....
- Make sure pupils can see you!
- Use multi media
- Use graphs, charts, illustrations, or other visual aids, in books and when talking
- Supplement text with illustrations whenever possible.
- Include outlines, worksheets, handouts, etc. for reading and taking notes. Leave white space in handouts for note taking.
- Invite questions to help them stay alert in auditory environments.
- Post flip charts to show what will come and what has been presented.
- Use flash cards.
- Emphasize key points to cue when to takes notes. Use colour to highlight important bits.
- Let pupils use colour pens to trace words/ letters
- Have them draw pictures or do mind maps etc in the margins.
- Show diagrams and then explain them.
- Have the learners envision the topic, act out the subject matter or illustrate the story
- Eliminate potential distractions - sound, strip lights
How to help your Auditory Learners...
- Make sure pupil can hear you!
- Begin new material with a brief explanation of what is to come, end with a verbal recap.
- Encourage class discussions/debates/ group work/ speeches /presentations/brainstorming
- Let pupils use a tape recorder instead of taking notes
- Read text out aloud
- Let pupils create musical jingles to aid memorization
- Use mnemonics to aid memorization
- Discuss ideas verbally
- Let pupils dictate their thoughts to someone
- Use verbal analogies, and story telling to demonstrate your point
- Use Socratic lecturing - question the pupils to draw out what they know, then fill in the gaps
How to help your Kinesthetic Learners....
- Use activities that get the learners up and moving.
- Give frequent stretch/study breaks (brain breaks).
- Play music, when appropriate, during activities.
- Let pupils stand to work.
- Use coloured markers to emphasize key points on flipcharts or white boards. Let pupils do the same in their books
- Provide toys such as stress balls and Play-Dough to give them something to do with their hands.
- To highlight a point, provide food or scents, etc. which provides a cross link of scent (aroma) to the topic at hand (scent can be a powerful cue).
- Provide highlighters, coloured pens and/or pencils.
- Guide pupils through a visualization of complex tasks.
- Have them transfer information from the text to another medium such as a keyboard or a whiteboard.
- Encourage pupils to skim read text first to get the rough detail.
- Use colourful posters/ display.