21st September 2020
An individual’s learning style is their naturally favoured way of taking on and retaining information. People don’t have a choice as to which type of learner they are – that’s dictated by the size and make-up of your brain tissue! If teachers are able to recognise and identify pupils with different learning styles in their class, teaching can be tailored to be as impactful as possible. For example, if you know you have 5 pupils who fit the Auditory Learning style, they could be given a different part of a task to your Kinaesthetic Learners.
A quiet and calm environment supports Auditory Learning, so be aware of the noise level in your classroom and how it may affect individuals – consider creating a ‘quiet corner’ if you have the space!
There are three main learning styles, most people will be a mix of all three with one that takes precedence. Research shows that Auditory Learners are the largest category, making up around 25% of the population. If you are interested in finding out which type of learner you are, there’s a simple online quiz here.
Auditory learners are best able to retain and recall information that they hear. Verbal instruction, audio revision and recorded lectures are all ideal ways to impart knowledge to an Auditory Learner. In the classroom, Auditory learners may display some of the following characteristics, but not necessarily all of them – why not try your pupils with a Learning Style quiz too? This one is designed for parents to identify their child’s learning style, but it could work well for teachers too and there are only 10 questions!
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