There are many different learning styles of students. It is our duty, as TEFL teachers, to know and understand these. With this knowledge, we can help the learning process of all our students. Each learning style requires different aspects to help the student learn effectively and properly.
There are 4 learning styles of students, which are
Some people believe that all students need to receive all 4 of these aspects equally in order for the learning process to happen. Which is definitely true in most cases. These affect every person. However, it is also true that most people tend to lean towards one particular learning style, which is their dominant learning style.
It is important for us, as teachers or potential teachers, to understand what this means. It is also crucial for us to keep an eye on our students and begin to realize which style may be dominant for them. By doing this, we can help them improve in all aspects. On the contrary, students may also be able to tell what they lead towards as their dominant style. As a team, you can work to create an outstanding learning experience.
So, over the next few weeks, I will discuss the different learning styles of students and you will learn specifics about each learning type, starting with the…
As you have probably already guessed, this learner does best by seeing. They use their sight in order to help learn new concepts and ideas. With this student, they will do best if they visibly see what they are going to learn or what they are currently learning. They work really well with graphs, charts, diagrams, drawings or anything else that is image based. Curious about how to spot a Visual learning student?
Learning Styles of Visual Learners
These students love to see things written out. This can be on the board, in a Powerpoint, on a projector slide, etc. It doesn’t so much matter what the medium is, so long as it is written out in a clear and organized way. In fact, many visual learners will ask you to write something on the board if you haven’t already. For example, if I assign homework orally, I have one student who will ask me to write out homework assignments on the board. This helps her clearly see what she needs to do. These students will always prefer to read, rather than listen. They will most definitely do better at the reading and writing portions of quizzes/tests/exams than on Listening sections. Also, due to the fact that they love to see (read), these students will be some of your best spellers in the class.
Characteristics/Personality Traits of Visual Learners
Visually-dominant learners tend to be extremely organized. Due to the fact that their eye is so keen, everything must look perfect in order for them to do their best. So, many will keep a very organized calendar and “to-do” book. Also due to their nature of loving to read, they also air more towards the side of an introvert than extrovert. Most of the time, they will be quiet and keep to themselves. This doesn’t mean they are totally isolated, it just shows how they depend on themselves a lot for things.
Ways to Recognize You Have a Visual Learner in Your Classroom
Once you know what to look for, it can be pretty easy to spot someone who is a dominant visual learner. Some things you will notice include students who categorize their notebooks and calendars with different colors. They are avid readers, as mentioned before. Also, if you have a good speller in your class, you can be almost certain that that student is a visual learner. Visual learners tend to be extremely good at spelling, particularly because of the fact that they read so much and are able to suck-up so many of those read words. Lastly, you will notice that these students will often make different types of charts in order to help them with their studies. These can include circle maps, lined charts or any other sort of graphs or diagram.s
So now that you know how to spot a visual learner, think about the different ways you can help those students do well. Write the homework on the board, write any important keynotes on the board. Maybe use different colored markers to explain different points. Encourage your students to learn and study in whichever method best suits them and offer them encouragement and help along the way.
If there is anything else you would like to add to this post regarding the personality traits or learning characteristics of visual learners, please feel free to do so. Also, if you have any questions, I encourage you to leave them for me.