Every student learns differently and each has a distinct preferred learning style that refers to the way in which they absorb, process, comprehend and retain information.
For example, when assembling a model car, some students understand the process best by following verbal instructions, others may need to read through the instructions, while some have to physically manipulate the pieces themselves and figure it out – everyone’s different. It is important for homeschooling parents to understand these different learning styles, so that they can adapt their teaching methods accordingly. Unfortunately, teachers in a school environment with many students are not able to do this as effectively, but it certainly can help for homeschooling.
VARK is a popular theory on learning styles and is an acronym that refers to the four types of learning styles: Visual; Auditory; Reading/Writing Preference; and Kinaesthetic. (The VARK model is sometimes also referred to as the VAK model, when Reading/Writing is eliminated as a category). The VARK model acknowledges that students have different approaches to how they process information and these preferred learning modes have significant influence on their behaviour, learning and motivation.
Prefer the use of images, maps and graphic organizers to access and understand new information. It is said that visual learners convert words into images in the brain and vice versa.
Best understand new content through listening and speaking in situations such as lectures and group discussions. They use repetition as a good study technique and benefit from the use of mnemonic devices.
Students with a strong Read/Write preference learn well through words. They may be copious note takers or avid readers and are able to translate abstract concepts into words and essays.
These students best understand information through tactile representation. They are hands-on learners who learn best by figuring things out by hand.
You can find lots of info online as well as on-line questionnaires that will help you identify your learning style.
By understanding what kind of learner you and/or your students are, you can now gain a better perspective on how to implement these learning styles into your lesson plans and study techniques.