A Brief Introduction to 7 Learning Styles by Coach and Educator James Padlock
As an experienced coach and accomplished educator, James Padlock has had the pleasure and privilege of working with various students from diverse backgrounds; and as such, he knows that not everyone learns the same way at the same pace. It’s important for educators and coaches to consider each student’s individuality because therein lies their learning style. Such information, says James Padlock, gives teachers and coaches a push in the right direction; that is, a push towards helping each student fully grasp the lessons being taught.
For the reader’s reference, there are seven general learning styles; of these, four are the most popular: visual, auditory, reading/writing, and kinesthetic. But first, James Padlock shares the seven:
Visual learners are those who learn better with the help of visual aids, which can be in the form of graphs, charts, images, and other visual presentations.
Auditory learners are those who learn better by listening to lectures. Often, they repeat what the teacher has just said either in a soft audible tone or in their minds. They remember lessons through oral repetition (which they often do when reviewing for exams).
These learners grasp lessons through reading textbooks and written presentations/reports, and writing. These are often the one you see scribbling on their notebooks or typing away on their laptops. According to James Padlock, writing notes is their form of repetition and retention.
Kinesthetic learners on the other hand, learn better when they are given tasks related to the lessons. These could be experiments, projects and such; they key here is learning through hands-on experience. In other words, says James Padlock, they are experiential learners.
Logical learners are those who prefer learning through logic and reasoning. They are often the organized ones, and they prefer systems over hands-on or auditory learning. You can say that they are methodical and mathematical.
These are learners who prefer learning in group settings. They think and grasp lessons better when they are working with a group—sharing ideas, discussing lessons and such.
Last but not the least, are solitary learners. These are learners who prefer to work alone, and often you’d see them reviewing for exams on their own or struggling with group projects.
Some students, says James Padlock, use several learning styles; not preferring one over the other but more of doing what works best for a lesson or situation. And most of the time, these combined learning styles take on aspects of the visual, auditory, reading/writing, and kinesthetic styles.