Visual, Auditory & Kinesthetic Learning Style Model

Visual Learners

     Visual learning is a particular learning and teaching style that focuses primarily on images and graphics to associate the information, concept or idea that they need to comprehend or teach. Much of everything is taking in by the eyes and little children especially enjoy observing someone else experiment first before they try. Organization is mainly seen and needed by these children and they do appreciate color stimulation. Early attempts at art are often seen, such as scribbling, doodling and drawing. As the children are largely visual in nature, “visual language” is also heard, words uch as “look, i see.., imagine.., i dream of..”

Traits of Visual Learners:

  • Likes dressing up at the dramatic corner
  • Good at spelling
  • Requires quiet time
  • Understands and likes stimulating charts
  • Dreams in color or colors
  • Imaginary friends
  • Enjoys picture books
  • Sensitive to the way their environment appear

Assessing Visual Learners:

  1. Draws maps frequently during class work or play E.g. mind maps, treasure maps
  2. Constantly refers to things drawn or written on board by teacher
  3. Diagram games. E.g.lottograph
  4. High concentration in motion pictures
  5. Picture sentences are readily absorbed
  6. Likes to circle words, underline or highlight
  7. Flashcards should be used

Auditory Learners

     Auditory learning is a style of learning that narrows down to simple listening hearing. Reading to remember will pose as a problem and therefore most auditory learners listen to what people say instead to take in information. Speech recognition tools that are used in PCs are usually used to overcome barriers to learning or teaching. Background sounds such as music aid these learners to concentrate and work more effectively. Takes note of different layers of music, changes in tones, pitches and melody. Most face no problems in talking/ communicating and oral testing is typicall aced. Auditory language is also used, “I hear.., listen to me.., can we talk..”

Traits of Auditory Learners:

  • Reads out loud to self and others
  • Good at explanations
  • Uses a wider range of vocabulary
  • Enjoys show and tell in clas
  • Good at grammar
  • Picks up language quick
  • Repeats words said by others
  • Remembers mot of what they hear in passing
  • Remembers names but forgets faces
  • Talks while writing or playing

Assessing Auditory Learners:

  1. Attentive to verbal directions
  2. Learns better in group discussions and activities
  3. Inserts information learned into songs or poems
  4. Prefers the listening corner where stories are taped. E.g. Headphones
  5. Constantly asks questions and gives comments
  6. Conducts private speech E.g. talks to self through step by step as a process
  7. Phonics should be applied at times

Kinesthetic Learners

     Kinesthetic learning, also known as tactile learning is a style where physical activity is carried out in order to allow effective learning to take place. This is commonly known as a “do-er” and associated with natural discovery learners where realization is accomplished through the process. Generally moving around helps students to learn better and score better in written papers. Subject and activities such as chemistry experiments, sports, acting or multitasking are what these learners excel at. Facts and information is recalled by remembering what their body was doing when receiving the information. Phrases in the “kinesthetic language”, “I want to do.., I feel tired, can I try that?”.

Traits of Kinesthetic Learners:

  • Remembers what was done not what was seen or talked about
  • Likes the science lab
  • Builds architectural models
  • Fidgets when is still too long
  • Learn by imitation or practice
  • Physically active and impulsive
  • Role playing commonly seen at dramatic corners
  • Enjoys music and movement activity
  • Gestures a lot
  • Requires short breaks between lessons

Assessing Kinesthetic Learners:

  1. More animated at dramatic corners
  2. Concentrates better at exploratory periods
  3. Fascinated with 3D models
  4. Gathers concept fast at field trips
  5. Poor handwriting/ penmanship. E.g. unable to practice for long periods
  6. Sometimes considered hyperactive. E.g. move to remember
  7. Need physical objects that can be handled. E.g. learning aids for seriation