What are the different types of learners and how can we support them?

Education is an experience. A wonderful experience that becomes slightly forced since we still have standardised education systems around the world. While a lot of money is being spent on research to improve educational offerings, the fact remains that academic systems around the world rely on the same rote methods of teaching and learning.

For this reason, the individual needs of different learners are not met and they fall behind their peers since their learning needs are not being met. How do we help these learners and what can we do to enhance their academic performance? It is simple – find out what their learning type is! Let us first examine the different types of learners and see what each type stands for.

1. Verbal Learners

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They are the communicator. They learn through active conversations. Verbal Learners generally enjoys doodling, writing down notes, engaging in discussions, word games and the likes. The key to engaging verbal Learners is by figuring out what their corresponding Verbal Learning personality is like – are they outgoing or are they introspective? Engage the more outgoing ones in discussions and debates and support the others with reading materials. That should do the trick!

2. Kinesthetic Learners

When you think of Kinesthetic Learners, think of mechanics opening up an engine to see what’s wrong. Those are your Kinesthetic Learners. They enjoy the hands-on experience learning expedites and they are constantly looking for ways to break down concepts to their smallest components.

They tend to be ones with more experiential learning programs and also choose careers that require more physical activity. They also make up less than 5% of the total population of learners. Want to engage a Kinesthetic Learner? Give them physical components of concepts to help stimulate their learning!

3. Visual and Spatial Learners

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These kinds of learners need to see pictorial evidence of concepts taught to understand and learn. They are known for their ability to concentrate and attention to detail. The best way to engage a Visual and Spatial learner is by using a lot of maps, diagrams and video-based teaching techniques. Also, try using colour codes and cues as this helps them retain details a lot more accurately!

4. Inter-personal Learners

Solitary learners can be any type of learner from the above-mentioned list. However, they learn best when they have a quiet space to work from with nobody else to distract them. They tend to go into professions that require more solitary quiet work like research, writing and other art-related activities. If you have one of them in your classrooms, make sure you spend some time observing their behaviour in class.

5. Mixed Learning Type

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In a realistic environment, this is what a classroom looks like and a teacher may feel overwhelmed by the sheer variety of learners. Mix up your teaching strategies to cater to all those various needs and the best thing is variety adds flavour to learning!

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How to Build Meaningful Learning Experiences for Students?

The world is a competitive place. Especially in the 21st century with colleges lowering their acceptance rates, schools accepting students only with high performance indicators and jobs following the run of the mill evaluative process that has nothing to do with skill.

The wave of liberal education hasn’t brought significant changes – schools still require students to demonstrate their abilities through marks. Research indicates that this evaluative technique is largely redundant, but it persists because it offers an easy way to standardize performance.

In this competitive environment, students internalize stress and focus solely on exam performance. So, how do we make sure students are learning academics in school for the long run and not just to stamp their merit on paper very temporarily? Let us read on to find out!

Remember that every child possesses a unique affinity or skill

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If you’re a concerned parent, don’t worry if your child’s grades are below the class average. Every child displays interest uniquely and it is unfair to stress your child if they don’t comply with class standards. Make learning and assimilating the goal and take the emphasis away from marks.

Encourage their talents and feed their natural curiosity for their areas of interest. For example, if your child has an interest in art, enrolling them in a subject-specific drawing class, such as wildlife drawing, would be beneficial. This way your child will learn in ways that the classrooms don’t support naturally.

Identify your child’s learning style

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To build on the last point, we must understand that each child learns uniquely. Some are okay with rote learning, others do better if they see concepts visually and some others respond to auditory stimuli for memory and retention.

Paying close attention to a child’s learning style can help teachers and parents intervene with content that facilitates their learning. Teachers can also leverage it by enlisting the help of parents to model a specific learning environment at home if practising this in the classroom is difficult on a daily basis.

Build a relationship with your student / child

By this, we don’t mean an intimate, personal relationship. In simple terms, whether you’re a teacher or a parent, showing an interest in students’ passions helps them learn more effectively.

This forms a trust-based relationship in academics – one where students feel comfortable enough to be vulnerable with their learning lags without inciting performance anxiety.

If a student knows that their facilitator understands their interest and their difficulties, it creates an open space for them to reflect on their doubts and clear it within their support systems.

Make learning a relatable experience

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A lot of us have had moments where we’ve sighed at trigonometry and wondered under what critical circumstance will we need to remember the value of sin θ. This happens because we are taught concepts before we understand the usefulness of them.

Teachers can bring a sense of reality into the classroom by screening documentaries, broadcasting podcasts and encouraging students to conduct research on these topics at home.

Encourage independent learning practises

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Students often find it tough to think for themselves since school curriculums and regressive academic practises are doing the thinking for them. It is time to move away from that practise. Instil natural curiosity in students by helping them stage research on their own.

Encourage the use of technology and teach them that social media is a good source of information when used rightly. Research global teaching techniques and show students how learning environments are curated in different ways, in different parts of the world. All these are good ways to stir the natural curiosity students have and it also pushes them to see the world of academics differently, independently.

We hope that these tips help you make learning a worldly experience for your students/children. At TagHive, we believe that learning needs to be durable, buildable and sustaining. There is no point in raising students only to perform in examinations since it is the student who loses out on a lot of gainful experiences. Be the change you want to see in your students/children and learn before you teach!

Why is Class Saathi a Reliable Pioneer of Tech-Based Learning?

A simple google search should tell you what the meaning of education is. According to Wikipedia, “Education is the process of facilitating learning, or the acquisition of knowledge, skills, values and habits.” Over the years, education may have undergone various reforms to keep pace with the changing needs of the time. However, the core values of education have always remained the same.

Class Saathi has ensured that in offering our unique learning product, we are not deviating from the core values of education. That is how we claim to be a reliable pioneer of tech-based learning. Let us break this down a little bit based on the key values mentioned above:

1. Facilitating learning:

Class Saathi facilitates learning by creating an engaging ecosystem in classrooms where teachers and students can give and receive feedback in real time. This allows for teachers to check for a student’s understanding immediately after teaching a concept and also allows them to moderate teaching strategies specific to each student’s needs.

Class Saathi creates a real-time feedback loop between students and teachers.
Class Saathi creates this real-time feedback loop between teachers and students.

2. Acquisition of knowledge:

The free Class Saathi app is an endless reserve of quizzes designed specifically to challenge a student’s natural curiosity. These quizzes help students identify their learning lags and also fosters an independent learning approach in youngsters without relying only on classroom learning methods.

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With endless practice questions, the free Class Saathi app is designed to challenge students’ natural curiosity.

3. Acquisition of skills:

Class Saathi allows teachers, students and parents to assess skills under each concept, chapter and even question. For instance, in a Maths question, basic or complex multiplication skills could be tested as an add on to concept assessments. This enables students to not just work on the concepts they are lagging in but also refine skills that support or supplement those concepts.

4. Acquisition of value:

Through our Class Saathi free quiz app, we create value for the effort by simplifying study goals and making students more resourceful. When students know what concepts and skills to focus on and how exactly to get there, they learn to become resourceful and independent. We believe that students acquire the value of independence through our products.

Class Saathi shows students where to focus on and how to get there.
In Class Saathi, students get to know where to focus on and how to get there.

5. Acquisition of habits:

Consistently using the Class Saathi app has proven beneficial for students since they cultivate the habit of accessing learning channels on their own. We aim to help students cover concepts and topics after each chapter or topic through our quizzes. Progressive use of the app allows students to inculcate the habit of being consistent with self-assessment and learning.

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Since we have made all these points, you may now wonder how Class Saathi is reliable. The textbook definition of reliability is a scheme that can be trusted or one whose meaning maintains integrity. To close, let us examine how Class Saathi is reliable. We maintain the core components of education by upholding all the values it strives to achieve.

We do that in today’s age, with advanced technology without losing the essence of education. Maintaining the integrity of a very serious process while also delivering it with fun makes us reliable. Parents and teachers need not worry about a student’s time with our technology since we have designed it with the specific intention of doing what education has always demanded across times. 

Changing times need innovative solutions. However, they also need to uphold core values only then can they be fully trusted by the key stakeholders. At TagHive, we believe we have been able to achieve just that. In shorter words, we are definitely the reliable pioneers of education technology.

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