Section 5: Beyond the OGT: Helping Students Achieve Success
Understanding Learning Styles
“Each learner has a primary learning style, and can be taught how to study and concentrate capitalizing on that style … In addition, educators should vary their teaching style to accommodate their students’ varied styles” (Teachers College Record, 102).
Learning styles, or learning modalities, can affect how students take in and process information. The three main learning styles are visual, auditory and tactile/kinesthetic.
Click on the links to download and use the Learning Styles Template for Teachers and the How Do I Learn Best? Parts One and Two for Students to help students determine how they learn best. After students determine their learning styles, there are two ways to use this information to improve both teaching and learning:
- Help students develop strategies that complement their learning style. Encourage them to use these strategies in the classroom and when studying or doing homework.
- Engage all students in your classroom and analyze your classroom instruction, assignments and assessments to ensure that you use aspects from each of these three learning styles.