How Does Your Child Learn? Understanding the 4 Types of Learners

Ivy Prep Team on June 25, 2019

Did you know that every person learns in different ways? According to the VARK model of learning, established by Neil Fleming in 2987, psychology plays a major factor in how each individual learns. According to this model, there are 4 types of learners. And each of these types of learners can use different methods of education successfully. If you think your child isn’t learning the same way as his or her peers, you may be wondering what type of learner they are. And if they need any special educational tools to help along the way.

What is VARK?

VARK is a module developed in the late 1980s meant to help teachers and students understand how individuals learn. Furthermore, this module helped to develop various different teaching strategies which can stimulate learning in different ways. Basically, this module of various learning is a test that individuals can take which consists of various questions regarding learning. The answers students provide to these questions determine which type of learner they are of the four types. According to the VARK module, the four types of learners include visual, auditory, reading/writing/ and kinesthetic.

Visual Learners

Just as the name suggests, visual learners learn best by seeing something to then form a hypothesis and solve problems. Visual information that can help these types of learners may include globes, maps, charts, graphs, diagrams, models, and more. However, visual learners don’t learn most from pictures and videos, which is a common misconception. Rather than photos, these types of learners can gain further insight from visual informational tools instead of written words. To best help these types of learners gain knowledge, it’s best to offer information in a visual way with flow charts, poster boards, and diagrams.

Auditory Learners

How Does Your Child Learn? Understanding the 4 Types of LearnersThese types of individuals learn best when auditory information is presented to them. So, they learn when they are taught through spoken word or when they speak themselves, basically repeating what they’ve already heard. These students may benefit from recordings of lessons so they can better recall what they’ve learned before testing. Additionally, they may benefit from testing orally and practicing what they’ve learned by speaking with others about it.

Reading and Writing Learners

Students of this learning category prefer to gain information by reading or writing it down rather than hearing spoken words or using visual cues. These types of learners are usually easier to spot than the other types as they may be prone to love reading and/or writing. Plus, they may do very well on written portions of tests and/or reading comprehension assignments. These types of students can benefit from taking notes and reading aloud in a classroom setting.

Kinesthetic Learners

Finally, kinesthetic learners are students who are referenced to as “hands-on” people. They learn best by carrying out actions. These are your most realistic types of individuals, as they use what they experience in the world around them to gain insight, form ideas, and learn new things. These types of individuals may benefit most from conducting experiments, group projects, making models, and acting out scenes.

How Knowing About the 4 Types of Learners can Help Your Child

Getting to know the ways your child learns best can help parents equip their children with the knowledge they need to succeed in their academic careers. So, if you know which type of learner your child is, you can help by studying with your child using some of their favorite techniques.

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Here at Ivy Prep Early Learning Academy, we understand that every child learns differently. That’s why we utilize a number of successful educational approaches as a way to address every child’s specific learning. If you’re looking for an educational early learning experience for your child that includes getting to know how he or she learns best, consider enrolling your child into one of our NYC locations today! Contact us on our website to inquire about your visit.


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