Learning depends on individual choice

Teacher Showing Students Map --- Image by © JLP/Jose L. Pelaez/Corbis
Teacher Showing Students Map --- Image by © JLP/Jose L. Pelaez/Corbis

We all have our own unique learning style.

We all have our own unique learning style.

And, if we can identify a child's learning style we will be much better able to connect with them and support them in their learning. Our teaching will also be much more effective.

Children too can benefit from understanding their personal learning style. This knowledge can help them to access learning opportunities more effectively, and give them a sense of empowerment and control over their learning.

It can also help them relate to and communicate better with the various people in their life, including their teachers.

Learning styles are based on the way we each receive and process information, an issue that is of particular importance for a child with dyslexia.

There are four basic ways we each receive information. We can most effectively support a child's learning by offering them materials and experiences designed for their unique learning style.

l Visual learning style - This child receives information best through their eyes and what they see and read. Often these children teach themselves to read. They may find it difficult to concentrate on spoken instructions but respond well to visual aids such as pictures, diagrams and charts. They tend to visualise ideas and remember the visual details of places and objects they have seen.

l Auditory learning style - This child learns best by hearing things - either on tape or in a discussion. They are good at listening and then repeating instructions either aloud or mentally in order to remember what they have learned. Researchers say about 30 percent of people use this learning style.

l Kinaesthetic learning style - This child reminds us of the term "energy in motion". They need to make physical contact with things that they are learning about. In fact, most young children instinctively prefer this method of learning - touching and experiencing helps them to make sense of new information. This is also a particularly important method of learning for dyslexic children of all ages. About 5 percent of adults prefer to use this style of learning too.

l Social learning style - This child learns by interaction with other people. They thrive on one-to-one attention. - Articles Base