KNOWING YOUR LEARNING STYLES AND ADAPTING TO AN ONLINE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

Ever wondered why some people understand better when they listen than when they read through materials? Or vice verse? A person’s method of capturing, absorbing and processing details may be different from the next.

What Is A Learning Style?

People grasp information differently and the ways or patterns through which a person can easily follow, soak up, assimilate, understand and process any information without getting worn out or weighdownwn quickly, is the person’s LEARNING STYLE.

With the new precautions laid out due to the pandemic, the world at large has readily embraced the idea of Online Learning. At a more speedy rate, the use of internet for virtual learning as increased rapidly, and even developing and under developed countries are not left out in this feat. People are now see the use of virtual learning and try to keep up with using them.

However, the problem emanates when a student finds it hard to understand because of the monotony that may occur in presenting this information. But as a student, eager to learn, you should be willing to know what learning style you possess and how to adapt it to an online learning environment.

Therefore, we at Tutor-Here, as a platform for online education, have perceived these problems and are here to provide some solutions to them. We shall take you through a journey of discovering your learning style and how to cope with online learning with them.

What are the types of Learning Styles? How can they be adapted to an online Learning Environment?

In 1987, Neil Fleming, a teacher, took a look into the different information absorption and came up with four styles of learning, which is called the VARK model. These are the first learning styles as proposed by Fleming. Let’s critically dissect them.

1. Visual (Spatial) Learners

These learners understand better when information is visually presented to them. A diagram, graph, table, photograph, video, etc.—anything that can convey the idea or detail in images for their eyes to comprehend, can be quickly captured by their brain. They keep doodling and sketching ideas of what they have in mind, rather than writing it or saying it.

If you are a student with such learning style, online learning should definitely not be based on only words. So, in trying to adapt, it is advisable to:

  • Look out for diagrams displayed about the information to get a grasp of it.
  • If there’s little or no visuals in the lesson, take out your time to surf the internet for images and/or videos of the idea relayed to you.

2. Aural (Audio) Learners

These category of learners are more susceptible to sound and voice and understand more when they listen to information. They would rather have a conversational lesson than read and write. They want to be told an information. They can easily detect a change of tone, volume, pitch and anything related to voice and sound.

In an online learning scheme, unless it is in the form of a video, a written knowledge may be tough for these learners to assimilate. If you fall in this category, it is advisable to:

  • Read with music online, to enable you get an emotional connection with the piece of information.
  • Read aloud/to yourself what is written allowed to come in terms with the idea.
  • Download audio apps that help in voicing words as commanded by you.

3. Read and Write (Verbal or Linguistic) Learners.

These learners as students who enjoy and understand the subject of discussion when they engage in reading and writing. Their attention span is held once the lesson enables to to take part by reading and exercising their strengths by writing down.

As a student of this learning style, online learning can become engaging for you when you:

  • Write down the lesson presentations and exercises.
  • Take up role plays that explain the lesson.
  • Reading more materials that explain the subject.

4. Kinesthetic (Physical/Tactile) Learners.

These learners prefer a real “hands-on experience”. They learn by doing and engaging in activities that explain the information. They want to have a physical interaction with the subject of learning, rather than merely hearing or reading about it. Being actively involved makes them take in every process and help them understand the procedures better. They are the “doers”, hence the name “kinesthetic”.

If you are of this category, it is not all about reading, listening and hearing to you, you long to be a part of the experience. In online learning, this may seem difficult to achieve, but these are ways to adapt:

  • Get involved in the learning process by following up the procedures that are being talked about by yourself.
  • Get the exercises given to you and work on them.
  • Experiment on your own as per what has been explained to you.

In trying to decipher your learning style, you might have a hard time assessing which style works best for you. The fact is that sometimes, or even most times, one may have 2 or 3 learning styles that work for them. For example, a person can understand when reading and when diagrams are used to illustrate the subject.

Online learning is gradually becoming a norm and to be a part of the revolution and not be lost in the trend, it is important to note what your learning style is and be sure to incorporate it when studying online.

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