At Elite Scholars STEAM Academy, we aim to empower students through education. One way we do this is by providing learning opportunities for all different learning styles. Though learning styles are a relatively recent phenomenon, it is widely recognized that there are different ways in which to learn, and that each individual has a preference for how to learn. You may have a mix of different styles, or just one dominant learning style that you prefer. It may change based on the situation. Many school environments rely solely on textbooks to teach new material; however, this does not engage all of the learning styles. The seven styles of learning are:
Visual learners prefer the use of images, colors, maps, and other visual aids to learn and organize information. Visual learners find it easy to picture objects and outcomes in their mind. They also tend to have good spatial reasoning and sense of direction. For visual learners, it is important to incorporate visual aids into the classroom. The teacher may include posters around the classroom outlining information in a visually interesting way.
Aural learners use sound and music to understand and organize information. Aural learners are often musicians, and have a good sense of rhythm and pitch. They typically have strong emotional responses to certain types of music, and are more inclined to notice the soundtrack of a movie or the song playing in the grocery store. Teachers may incorporate music or chanting into lesson plans to help aural learners.
Verbal learners prefer using language to learn, both on the page and out loud. Verbal learners love reading and writing, and express themselves easily. They often have extensive vocabularies, and enjoy word play. For verbal learners, the teacher may use mnemonic devices and rhyming to convey information in a way that will be easier to retain.
Kinesthetic learners obtain information using their bodies and senses of touch. Kinesthetic learners are often athletes, or just physically active people in general. They like to work out their problems while exercising. When learning a new skill, they generally prefer to just jump into it rather than reading handbooks or guidelines beforehand. For kinesthetic learners, teachers will often incorporate a physical movement into learning, or bring in real life examples of the topic.
Logical learners prefer mathematics and logic. They work well with numbers and patterns, and prefer to work through problems step by step. Logical learners often use organized to-do lists to accomplish their goals. They prefer to learn through statistics and logical examples, and tend to find flaws in other people’s logic. In the classroom, logical learners benefit from drawing mathematical or logical examples from real life.
Social learners have a strong preference for being around people. They enjoy communicating with people, and are attuned to their feelings, moods, and motivations. Social learners are energized and engaged when they are working with other people. Therefore, an ideal classroom for a social learners involves a lot of group activities and interpersonal relationship building.
In contrast, solitary learners prefer to do things on their own. They tend to be more introverted, introspective, and independent. They are able to self-analyze very well, and tend to spend a lot of time pondering past events and alternative ways you could have approach them. In the classroom setting, a teacher may use journaling or logs as a way inside the solitary learner’s mind.
Regardless of your child’s learning style, Elite Scholars STEAM Academy can offer a solid education that addresses their individual needs. Contact us today to learn more about enrollment.