Learning preferences refer to the unique ways in which individuals prefer to acquire and process new information. Each person has their preferred learning method, including visual, auditory, or physical learning styles.
By accessing your child’s learning method in a homeschooling environment, you can give them the best opportunity to succeed and enjoy their educational experience.
At Euka, we understand that one’s learning preferences can help optimise the learning process, so we offer individualised programs to best suit your child’s needs. In this blog post, we will explore the concept of learning preferences, their different types, and how to utilise them to enhance your child’s learning experience.
Facilitate Your Child’s Future Learning By Supporting Learning Preferences
Supporting your child’s learning preferences can be a powerful way to facilitate their future learning and academic success, which is why Euka prioritises individualised learning programs. Learning preferences are unique to each individual, and understanding and accommodating them can help children to better engage with and retain information.
One way to support your child’s learning preferences is to identify their preferred learning style and tailor their learning experiences accordingly. By supporting your child’s learning preferences, you can help create a positive and effective learning environment that can benefit them for years. But you don’t have to do it alone; by utilising a Euka Curriculum, we can support you and your child and provide a well-rounded experience.
Let’s look at the different learning styles to help you identify what kind of learner style your homeschooler prefers.
Characteristics of a Visual Learner
Visual learners prefer learning and processing information through visual aids like images, diagrams, charts, and videos. They rely on their sight to understand new concepts and ideas, and they often have a strong visual memory. Some characteristics of visual learners include:
- Love for visual aids: Visual learners prefer to learn through visual aids and enjoy visual stimulation. They are more likely to remember information when presented in a visual format and using bright colours.
- Strong observation skills: They have a keen eye for detail and often pick up on subtle visual cues that others might miss.
- Good spatial sense: Visual learners have strong spatial awareness and can often visualise complex concepts or relationships in their minds.
- A tendency towards creativity: Visual learners often have a creative mindset and can develop innovative ideas and solutions.
A hands-on learner, also known as a kinesthetic learner, learns best through physical activities and direct involvement in the learning process. Here are some characteristics commonly associated with hands-on learners:
- They learn through doing rather than just listening or reading.
- Good coordination and motor skills.
- They have good spatial awareness and can visualise concepts in their minds.
- They benefit from using manipulatives or interactive materials to learn.
- They tend to remember things better when they have physically experienced them.
- They may prefer to work in groups or with a partner, as they enjoy hands-on collaboration.
Understanding an Aural Learner
Aural or auditory learners prefer learning and processing information through sound and verbal communication. They rely on their sense of hearing to understand new concepts and ideas and often have a strong memory of sounds and words. You can expect an aural learner to have some of the following characteristics:
- Good listening skills: They have strong listening skills and can often pick up on nuances in tone and inflection that others might miss.
- Musically minded: They often have a natural affinity for music and may be skilled at playing musical instruments or singing.
- Difficulty with written instructions: Aural learners may struggle with following written instructions, as they may have difficulty processing information, not in an auditory format.
- Enjoyment of podcasts and audiobooks: Your child may enjoy listening to podcasts and audiobooks to learn and engage with new information.
The Verbal Learner
Verbal learners prefer to learn and process information through written or spoken language. They rely on words and language to understand new concepts and ideas and often have a strong memory for words and phrases. Some characteristics of verbal learners include:
- Love for reading and writing: Verbal learners enjoy reading and writing and may have a natural talent for languages, grammar, and vocabulary.
- Strong memory for words: These learners can recall large amounts of information presented in written or spoken form.
- Enjoyment of puzzles and word games: Your child often enjoys puzzles and word games to engage with language.
- Difficulty with visual aids: Your verbal learner may struggle with processing visual information such as diagrams or charts.
Logic & Reasoning
A child who learns through logic and reasoning (mathematics) does so through analysing and solving problems. The following characteristics are usual for this type of learner:
- They are good at recognising patterns, relationships and connections between concepts.
- Solving puzzles and problems that require critical thinking and reasoning interests them.
- Their skills include mathematics, science, and logical reasoning.
- A strong ability to think abstractly and conceptually.
- They value evidence and facts to support their ideas and arguments.
- They may find using diagrams, charts, and graphs help to visualise complex concepts.
When someone is a social learner, they retain information best through interaction and collaboration with others. These are ways a social learner usually learns information best:
- Social learners enjoy working in groups and interacting with others.
- They tend to be outgoing and enjoy meeting new people.
- Discussion and collaboration are enjoyable for them.
- They benefit from feedback and guidance from others.
- Good at reading body language and social cues.
- They may struggle with learning in isolation or in situations where they have little interaction with others.
A solitary learner is someone who prefers to learn on their own rather than in a group setting. They tend to have unique characteristics that distinguish them from social learners. Here are some common traits of a solitary learner:
- Self-motivated: They are highly self-motivated individuals. They have a strong inner drive to learn and pursue knowledge independently. They do not rely on external factors to motivate them.
- Focused: Solitary learners are highly focused individuals. They can concentrate for long periods without getting distracted. They can block out external distractions and remain focused on the task.
- Curious: They’re curious by nature. They have a deep desire to learn and explore new things. They constantly seek new knowledge and are unafraid to delve into unfamiliar territory.
- Resourceful: They are highly resourceful individuals who can find the information they need on their own without the assistance of others. They know how to use resources such as books, the internet, and other tools to their advantage.
Ask How Euka Can Help Support Your Child’s Learning Preference
Do you recognise your learner’s character traits? If you are looking for ways to support your child’s learning preferences, consider exploring how Euka can help.
Your child can access various resources and tools to support their learning style, whether they prefer to learn independently or in a group setting. Euka’s expert instructors work with your child to create a customised learning plan that meets their unique needs, interests, and goals.
Contact our team, and let’s get started towards giving your child the support to work within their optimum learning preference.