No one learns in exactly the same way as somebody else. While there is various evidence out there recognizing three, four, seven or even eight different styles of learning, what’s most important to remember is that there are many ways to learn — which means there are multiple ways to teach. Teaching is not a one-size-fits-all field!
The following infographic, Teaching Strategies for Different Learning Styles, lists seven ways students are known to learn. Learners are described as visual (spatial), aural (auditory/musical), verbal (linguistic), physical (kinesthetic), logical (mathematical), intrapersonal (solitary) and interpersonal (social). Under each type of learner, the characteristics that allow you to recognize that particular type of student are listed, along with suggestions for engaging students who learn in that unique way.
Educational systems which recognize the different learning styles of their pupils and attempt to appeal to them can result in very different outcomes versus more traditional methods. No student is labelled “smarter” or “dumber” than others; simply put, each student absorbs, understands and retains information differently. Presenting information in a range of different styles is important when it comes to bringing out the best in each student.
Read the infographic below to learn more about the various learning styles and how to successfully teach students who learn in different ways.