Learning Styles and What to Do about Them

One morning at school last week, I chanced on an article on learning styles in my reading.  It had some intriguing information that I thought was worth sharing.

It can be summarized into three succinct points:

  1. Children (people, actually, to be more accurate) learn with different styles.  While most people are a mix of one or two of these styles, one of them will usually dominate the way they learn.
  2. These styles are: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.
  3. Even though a child may be dominantly visual, or auditory, or kinesthetic, it is best for them to learn through all three.

Then, the article posed a question:

If children should learn to use all three styles, when do we use which?

The answer was delightfully sensible:

When teaching material that the child finds difficult, use his dominant learning style.  When teaching material that the child is good at, encourage him to use learning styles other than his dominant one.

Makes sense, doesn’t it! :)  But I didn’t consciously think of it until I read the question… so I thought it wouldn’t hurt to post it here as a timely reminder to us all.

Thank you for reading!



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