Learning Styles

Many people are able to recognize that students vary in the way they learn best, using different methods and techniques though unfortunately many of these aren’t implemented in schools. The main learning styles include, visual, verbal, physical, logical, social and solitary. With this wide variety and with students all having a personal preference in which way they learn best, it is easy to see how it becomes difficult for schools to cater to everyone. However, teachers aren’t doing enough to encourage different ways of learning to their classes, and are not as open to new and exciting ways of learning as they should be.

 

A major concern is that teachers are teaching their classes in the same way that they themselves were taught when they went to school. This usually comprises of the teachers doing most of the talking and the teachers asking all the questions. Shouldn’t the students themselves be the ones to ask questions? This will get them involved in the lesson and in what they are learning. More interaction in lessons is vital to encourage students in their studies. The time has passed when it was believed children should be educated by sitting in silence listening to a teacher.

 

Some schools use techniques and questionnaires so that students can understand for themselves how they learn most effectively and what kind of learner they are. This is extremely useful for their personal revision purposes and when doing homework or assignments they can also use these techniques in their home environment. But ultimately the schools themselves need to ensure they are giving varied and interesting lessons, which cater to all learning styles in some way. This will keep the students engaged and interested giving everyone a chance to learn in the way they find most comfortable.

 

For example, using coloured cards and diagrams as a means of learning is far more interactive than listening to a teacher speak. Also, getting students to work in groups and setting them each a topic to present to the class gets them working together and then learning from each other as well as the teacher when all the ideas are presented to the class. This kind of vocal learning isn’t appropriate in every occasion but can be a good way of getting the class talking and generating new ideas. Thinking for themselves is a key skill they will need in further education as well as in later life.

 

Many teachers do try to create interesting and engaging lesson plans to keep students motivated in their studies, however this does not happen in every school, when it needs to.  More emphasis needs to be placed on the development of lesson plans and the introduction on varied learning styles being implemented within them. This needs to be the future for education. It is the most effective way of getting students learning as well as enjoying their studies.

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