Different Learning Styles
The idea of different learning styles started to gain popularity in the mid-70’s and since then, the notion has influenced the way education and learning is perceived. Just like there are different teaching methods, many individuals also believe there are different ways to learn and understand new information.
Despite criticism, many people started looking into the different ways of learning and assessing their own student’s preferred learning method. Many parents of struggling students who are looking into homeschooling as an educational alternative for the first time, usually start out by learning more about the types of learning styles and how children learn best.
Jump to the sections below to understand a bit more about the different types of learners:
- How do Children Learn?
- What Are the Different Learning Styles?
- How Does Time4Learning Work For Different Types of Learners?
How do Children Learn?
Every child has different learning preferences. Among the different ways of learning, some prefer to learn by hearing, some by seeing, others by doing, some by reading and others by asking questions. One thing all students have in common is that they all learn best when they can incorporate items and topics that interest them into their studies, for example, building blocks, music, fashion, airplanes, etc.
While there are different learning styles, your student will likely favor several styles and not just one. However, you may be able to see patterns in their learning preferences. For example, a student who is a visual learner may also be a very social and verbal learner who prefers to learn especially difficult topics using their primary skills.
Understanding how your student learns is perhaps one of the most important parts of homeschooling your child. Learning styles allow your child to get the most from their homeschool experience, and helps parents choose the best curriculum for their children.
What Are the Different Learning Styles?
There are currently seven learning styles:
Visual (spatial) Learner
Visual learners are those who prefer learning by observing things. Using pictures, images, diagrams, whiteboards and more helps these types of learners understand information better. These students can easily visualize information, have a good sense of direction and usually likes to draw and doodle. Learn more on our Visual Learner page.
Aural (auditory) Learner
Sound and music are a strong suit for these types of learners who typically have a good sense of rhythm. These learners are usually singers or musicians who are familiar with different instruments and the sounds they make. Aural learners are good listeners who normally learn best through verbal presentations like lectures and speeches. Learn more on our Auditory Learners page.
Verbal (linguistic) Learner
These learners prefer using words, both in speech and writing. They can easily express themselves and usually love to read and write. Verbal learners tend to have a vast vocabulary and excel in activities that involve speaking, debating, and journalism. Learn more on our Verbal Learning page.
Physical (kinesthetic) Learner
Whether it’s by using their body or hands, these learners are all about the sense of touch. Physical activities and sports play a big part in these student’s lives. Getting hands-on is a must for these learners who love to tinker and learn best when they can do rather than see or hear. Learn more on our Kinesthetic Learning page.
Logical (mathematical) Learner
If there is logic, reasoning and numbers involved, these learners are sure to excel. These students function and solve complex problems by employing strategies and their scientific way of thinking. Computer programming, math and science are usually favored by these types of learners. Learn more on our Logical Learning page.
Social (interpersonal) Learner
Learning in groups and working with others is favored by social learners. These students know how to communicate effectively and enjoy collaborating with others, brainstorming and discussing ideas and concepts. Social learners are generally good listeners who are thoughtful and understanding. Learn more on our Social Learning page.
Solitary (intrapersonal) Learner
These students prefer to use self-study and work alone. They are independent and are very self-aware and in tune with their thoughts and feelings. These learners prefer being away from the crowds and learn best in a quiet place where they can focus on the task at hand. Learn more on our Intrapersonal Learning page.
How Time4Learning Works For Different Types of Learners
Identifying how a child learns best and catering to those needs can have a dramatic effect on how your child understands and connects with the different topics being taught. Time4Learning has developed a comprehensive, multi-modality learning curriculum that allows all students to reach successful levels of understanding no matter what their preferred learning style is. Our lessons are scientifically designed to meet a vast array of learning needs, which reduces learning anxiety and improves performance.
Different types of learners will benefit from our award-winning online curriculum because:
- Our visually appealing, animated and interactive lessons keep students engaged.
- Lessons can be redone for those who benefit from repetition to fully grasp concepts.
- Our curriculum offers a wide selection of written and spoken materials for those who learn best by listening, speaking, reading and writing.
- There are tons of printables to work with for those who love learning with their hands.
- Our online curriculum provides the perfect environment for those who learn best independently.
- There are plenty of lessons with verbal instruction to help those who learn best by listening.
- Our interactive activities help auditory and verbal learners understand concepts and ideas.
- Our wide selection of printable worksheets and ideas for science projects helps physical learners get hands-on.
- Our comprehensive math and language arts curriculum allows verbal and logical learners to excel with access to multiple levels.
- The student-paced approach and individual log-ins allow solitary learners to work when and where is most convenient for them.
Time4Learning tracks student progress and helps children advance through individualized learning paths. This ensures complete coverage of the needed skills and concepts to ensure success.