Learners come in all shapes and sizes and this can make delivering engaging and successful training challenging. Unless workplace trainers can quickly identify and cater to these differing learner styles, it will be difficult to help them learn at their maximum potential.
Each person is unique and has their own way of approaching learning and processing new knowledge, skills and attitudes. Most people also use a combination of learning styles with a preference of one or two of them. This means that trainers should be using a range of different learning materials and methods to cater for different preferences.
In this blog we will briefly examine the top three learning styles to help trainers identify the types of learners they’re dealing with, and to plan the delivery of training to best suit your learners needs.
Visual learners learn most effectively from what they can see.This can include written notes, diagrams and pictures.
Some strategies for catering to visual learners include providing printed learning materials and plenty of interesting visual materials including maps, diagrams and photos. These can be shown using a variety of visual aids such as video footage and Powerpoint. It is important to ensure that visual learners are in a good position to see what is going on and that you provide them with opportunities to take notes.
Auditory learners engage with information best when they can hear it, such as information presented in a lecture or read out loud.
The best ways to involve auditory learners is to use verbal delivery methods, rephrase points, ask questions and encourage group discussion. It is great to read written material out loud where possible and ensure that they are seated in a good position to hear the training well.
Kinaesthetic learners engage most effectively by actively doing things throughout training sessions. This can be through movement, touch, imitation and practice.
Some ways that trainers can cater to these learners are to provide plenty of opportunities for imitation and practice, use role-plays and activities that involve movement and include practical activities wherever possible.
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