What are the different types of learners and how can we support them?
August 04, 2021

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 enjoy 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!

We want educators to feel empowered with knowledge that can help cater to their students.
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