Different learning styles in the classroom by Jo Currington – How easy do you find it to learn?

LearningStyles

Picture the scene- Monday morning- 8.30. It’s maths – your least favourite lesson. There’s a stack of work on the board. Someone is making a load of noise so you can’t hear the teacher properly and it’s hard to focus on something fixed at the other side of the room. Try as you might, (you know maths is important), your brain can’t help but wander off to thinking about the weekend and the fun you had playing on the Xbox.

Now the teacher is glaring at you for an answer. You’ve missed the last few steps so you know you’re in trouble. Everyone else has noticed so you can feel the smirks/chuckles and your confidence is rapidly evaporating as you take the walk of shame to the desk for the inevitable detention slip.

Now try that scene again: this time as you walk in, the interactive whiteboard is on. There’s a countdown timer playing and a maths game is on the screen. There are cards in front of you with instructions at the top. You can work in pairs but have only 5 minutes to complete the challenge. Quickly, you read the instructions, put the steps in order and answer the task on the board before the timer goes.

The challenge is the same as the one before. No drama, no detention needed- just great progress and everyone’s happy!

So, why do some ways of learning grab our attention and others just don’t?

It all comes down to our preferred learning style. We all have ways in which we find it easier to learn and ones in which we don’t. Once we’ve worked out which ways we learn best, learning becomes a whole lot easier.

At Vaks, our name (Visual, Audio, Kinaesthetic) reflects our belief in this tailored approach to learning. We believe that every child matters, that they are all unique and we work hard to ensure different learning styles are catered for so no child is ever left behind.

Which learning styles suit you and your family best?

Experts agree that there are 7 different styles ⁽¹⁾. Most of us prefer a blend of them. Why not get your family to have a go at our quick quiz and find out which they prefer?

Put the statements below in the order you agree with them:

  1. Visual (spatial) You learn best using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
  2. Aural (auditory-musical): You prefer using sound and music.
  3. Verbal (linguistic): You like using words, both in speech and writing.
  4. Physical (kinaesthetic): You like to move around, use your hands and sense of touch.
  5. Logical (mathematical): You like problem-solving, logic, reasoning and systems.
  6. Social (interpersonal): You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.
  7. Solitary (intrapersonal): You like being alone and use self-study.

Click the link next to each one if you want further information on how each of the learning styles works. There are more details on our blog below too. ⁽²⁾ ⁽³⁾

Once you’ve identified your child’s preferred learning styles, why not see if you can incorporate these into your homework or revision programme?

Don’t forget, we are here to help at every step of the educational journey. We have a huge range of programmes for 4-18-year olds in Maths, English and Science at primary level, KS3, GCSE, A level and 11+. All of our staff are fully qualified and DBS checked. Our rapid growth and success in exam results speak for itself.

So do get in touch with us today if you would like further details of how we can help your child achieve their full potential!

References:

⁽¹⁾ https://learning-styles-online.com/overview/

⁽²⁾ https://vaks.co.uk/inspire/auditory-learning-style-definition-and-techniques/

⁽³https://vaks.co.uk/inspire/visual-learning-style-definition-techniques-and-activities/