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General College information for parents, students and staff.

Eight ways of Learning

Students are encouraged to study the contents of the table below. They should use this tool as a guide to assess the type of learner they may be. It is important then for the student to develop strategies with the support of their teachers and parents on “ways of knowing” and adopt the most effective methods of study to achieve the best possible learning outcomes.

TYPELIKES TO...IS GOOD AT...LEARNS BEST BY...
Linguistic LearnerRead
Write
Tell stories
Memorizing
Telling and re-telling
Saying, hearing and seeing words
Logical / Mathematical LearnerDo experiments
Figure things out
Work with numbers
Ask questions
Categorizing
Reasoning
Logic
Problem-solving
Classifying
Working with abstract patterns and relationships
Spatial LearnerWatch movies, pictures slides
Play with machines
Create things in visual format
Imaging things
Sensing changes
Mazes / puzzles
Reading charts / maps
Visualizing
Dreaming
Using the mind's eye
Musical LearnerSing / hum tunes
Listen to music
Play an instrument
Respond to music
Picking up sounds
Remembering
Melodies
Keeping time

Rhythm
Melody
Music

Bodily Kinaesthetic LearnerMove around
Touch and talk
Use body language
Physical activities craftTouching
Moving
Interacting with space
Processing knowledge through bodily sensations
Interpersonal LearnerHave lots of friends
Talk to people
Join groups
Understanding people
Leading others
Organizing
Communicating
Sharing
Comparing
Relating
Cooperating
Intrapersonal LearnerWork alone
Pursue own interests
Mediating conflict
Understanding self
Focusing inward on feelings / dreams
Following instinct
Pursuing interests/ goals
Being original
Working alone
Individualized projects
Self-paced instructions
Having own space
Naturalist LearnerObserve things
Recognize things
Categorize things
Naming things around them
Finding connections between objects
Creating taxonomies and hierarchies
Investigating
Observing
Linking
Analysing
Experimenting

Source: Pohl, M. (1998) Teaching Thinking Skills in the Primary Years, Hawker Brownlow.