All of our time travellers are passionate about educating and inspiring the young people they encounter.
As we are engaged in the activity of education, we therefore take an avid interest in the ways children take information on board and assimilate it.
Different learning styles
It is widely accepted that individuals differ in how they learn, and that each person will have their own learning ‘style’.
There are numerous theories on learning styles but for us a simple, easy-to-understand model that outlines the basic approaches is the so-called VAK model, which says people fall into three basic camps, preferring either Visual learning, Auditory learning or Kinaesthetic learning.
How to do you find out which type of learner you are?
Most of us will have a hunch which learning style suits us best but by taking a short, specialist questionnaire we can have this confirmed.
There are numerous online questionnaire’s out there, where the true or false questions are along the lines of: ‘I prefer to hear a book on tape rather than reading it’; ‘When I put something together, I always read the directions first’ and ‘When I am alone, I usually have music playing or hum or sing’.
While many of us will tend towards one style, we will also require small element of the other approaches as well, so for example, a person could be an 80% visual learner and both 10% auditory and kinaesthetic learner.
Are you an auditory learner?
Auditory learners learn best through listening and depend on hearing and speaking as a main way of learning.
Auditory learning methods could include using musical notes to memorise lists, or using voice recordings or chants to take on board history terms.
They tend to get a lot from class discussions, enjoy listening to audio tapes and find themselves reading and talking aloud to aid their understanding.
Are you a visual learner?
Visual learners gain a lot from the use of images, pictures and maps to organise information and communicate with others. They rely on the mind’s eye a great deal to help them visualise objects and outcomes.
If you find pictures or diagrams really helpful or take very detailed written notes then you are probably a visual learner.
Are you a kinaesthetic learner?
Kinaesthetic learners, or tactile learners, as they are sometimes known, are most comfortable when carrying out physical activities, rather than listening to a lecture or watching demonstrations.
They prefer to handle things and learn by doing, rather than having a written or verbal description of an activity or object.
What type of learner are you?
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