The different approaches people use to learn or study are called learning styles. Each of
us has a unique preference for how, when, where and with whom we’d like to learn or study, and these preferences help to enhance our learning potential. Learning styles do not reflect a person’s academic ability or achievements. Rather, the styles are a combination
of environmental, emotional, sociological, physical and psychological factors that influence how a person receives, processes and stores new information. Often times a person has more than one learning style or preference. Therefore, it is good practice to present information in a variety of ways to help encourage the student to be successful regardless of how information is presented. As a tutor, you must be sensitive to the signals that indicate a student’s learning style.
Major Learning Styles
There are four main learning styles, Visual Learners, Auditory Learners, Read/Write Learners and Tactile Learners, and their characteristics are given below. Tutoring strategies are also provided to help you capitalize on the strengths of each style.
Adapted from http://www.ccsf.edu/Services/LAC/lern10/newlearnsty.html Adapted from http://www.vark-learn.com/english/index.asp