Ideas To Help You Teach and Lead Better


 

I’m a lifecoach and there are things I need to know about my client before we get too far into the relationship. It’s important to know HOW the client learns. Why? Because as I assist her in finding her new lifestory I will be presenting new ideas. Having a knowledge of how she learns will determine the method I will use to guide her through new concepts. For example suppose the client is a visual learner and I present something to her by using an audio tape. Can you say “in one ear and out the other?” This will not be as effective as using a computer which will stimulate her learning process through visuals. Below are different learning styles and their characterisitics. This should be of great value as you begin with a new client.

Learning Styles

      Print Learner

  • Often takes notes
  • May like to write on the blackboard
  • Remembers quickly and easily what is read
  • Learns better after seeing or writing something
  • Is often perceived as a “bookworm”
  • Grasps important concepts on first reading of material
  • Loves to read books, journals, magazines

      Aural Learner

  • Tends to remember and repeat ideas that are verbally presented
  • Learns well through lectures
  • Is an excellent listener
  • Can reproduce symbols, letters or words by hearing them
  • Likes to talk
  • Enjoys plays dialogues, dramas
  • Can learn concepts by listening to tapes
  • Enjoys music
  • Can repeat or fulfill verbal instructions

      Interactive Learner

  • Learns best through verbalization
  • Often hums or talks to self or others
  • Usually is not quiet for great lengths of time
  • Often talks at length…just to hear him/herself talk!
  • Likes to use other people as a sounding board
  • Enjoys question/answer sessions
  • Finds small group discussions stimulating and informative
  • Prefers to discuss things with others

Visual Learner

  • Learns by seeing and by watching demonstrations
  • Likes visual stimuli such as pictures, slides, graphs, demonstrations, etc.
  • Conjures up the image of a form by seeing it in the “mind’s eye”
  • Often has a vivid imagination
  • Often stares
  • Needs something to watch
  • Is often quiet and does not talk at length
  • Becomes impatient or drifts away when extensive listening is required
  • Prefers the visual arts and media

Haptic Learner

  • Likes a “hands-on” approach to learning
  • Involves the sense of touch in learning
  • Likes to do artwork
  • Likes to piece things together
  • May be fond of doodling
  • Likes to trace words and pictures
  • Is often seen “fiddling” with something
  • Is successful with tasks requiring manipulation

      Kinesthetic Learner

  • Learns by doing, direct involvement
  • Often fidgets or finds reasons to move
  • Is not very attentive to visual or auditory presentations
  • Wants to be “doing” something
  • Tries things out and likes to manipulate objects
  • Gestures when speaking
  • Is often a poor listener
  • Responds to music by physical movement
  • Often finds success in physical response activities
  • Learns better when able to move during learning
  • Likes to move hands (doodling, tapping,) while learning
  • Uses movement to help concentrate

 

Learning styles can be helpful to all Gracefull Women. As we lead a class, work with others, or teach our children  it is beneficial to know how they learn.  This can put you one step ahead as you seek to help others discover new things for changed lives.

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