Student Learning Styles

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A good teacher accommodates individual learning styles. If you teach every student in the same manner, you will not meet all of their needs, so your instruction must include techniques that encompass each style of learning.

Visual

  • Visual learners like pictures and charts. Visual presentations, such as PowerPoint slide shows, help these learners internalize material.

Auditory

  • Auditory learners love traditional, college-style lectures. These learners remember most of what they hear and can listen to you talk all day.

Logical

  • The logical learner works well with equations and formulas. Her world contains lots of black and white, yes/no type of thinking, with little gray area in-between.

Kinesthetic

  • A kinesthetic student enjoys using his hands as he works. Physicality helps him make connections. This student sometimes has trouble on standardized tests, since manipulatives aren't allowed.

Social

  • Social learners thrive in a group setting as students pass around information. Provide ample group work for this student, but make sure she also acquires the ability to work alone.

Solitary

  • Solitary learners prefer working by themselves. They don't process information well within a group, although they may need to learn social skills.

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