Did you know that everyone has his or her own unique learning style? It may be a combination of many different learning styles or a dominant one that works best for you. Understanding your preferred learning style will allow you to maximize what you learn and what you retain. Here at Lafayette Academy learning styles matter. In fact, the owner’s daughter, a University of Michigan graduate, attributes much of her academic success to her own learning style “discovery” as a junior in high school.
VARK Learning Styles
The VARK learning style system breaks down learning styles into four categories:
- Visual Learners: Whenever one of these students sees information in a graph, infographic, or visual manner, they are more likely to retain the information long-term. These students do best when they have charts or diagrams representing the information they are trying to retain and/or any type of visual representation that helps them retain or understand information.
- Auditory Learners: These learners do best when someone speaks the information. They learn best by hearing the information and letting it sink in. These students also tend to retain more when put into groups that discuss the information, since they can hear the different perspectives.
- Reading and Writing Learners: For these students, they do their best learning when they can read about the information, and write down the important points. This combination exercise allows them to get the information in two different formats, leading to longer retention.
- Kinesthetic Learners: These are known as hands-on students. They learn best when they can put the time and effort into learning about a subject with their hands. This can be anything from using building blocks to understand math concepts to performing experiments.
Most students are a combination of these four main styles: they prefer a few categories. Not surprisingly, students who sometimes need the most help have atypical learning styles (e.g. a strong preference for kinesthetic learning). What learning style is your son or daughter?