VAKT Learning Styles: How To Increase Learning Retention

 

VAKT Learning Styles are “Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic and Tactile.”

vakt learning styles kinesthetic tactile learningThe VAKT learning styles model is the best known learning styles model. It focuses on HOW learners learn. 

VAKT simply means visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile.

Using these senses to teach your child makes learning easier for your child. It also makes learning more interesting, so your child will listen better.

There are many VAKT teaching activities. You can click the links above to go to the lists of learning activities for each learning style.

VAKT Learning Styles: The big picture:

VAKT Learning Styles use your child’s senses as input for learning information.

Our children take in information through seeing, hearing , doing activities and touching objects.   They also take in information through smell and taste, but those senses are not useful for academic learning.

Learning styles-based teaching focuses on using the senses for teaching. With VAKT learning styles, you use the sense or learning style your child favors to make learning easier.

Your child will learn better with VAKT Learning Styles Based teaching!

If you know your child’s individual VAKT learning style, and teach that way, your child will learn more quickly.

If you teach in a way that is against your child’s natural learning style, your child may not learn well. He may argue and say he hates schooling, and you may have to repeat lessons.

Learning problems can’t be fixed simply by focusing on your child’s learning style, but teaching your child using his personal learning style(s) removes one problem with learning. Since VAKT learning styles teaching is easy to do, it just makes sense to use your child’s learning style when teaching.

The Visual Learning Style and Visual Learners

When a learner takes in information through his eyes, he processes the information in the visual, picture-oriented center of his brain.  Anything that is an image qualifies as a visual learning activity.

For learners who prefer visual images, typical teaching by talking or reading will not bring a high level of learning progress.  If teaching is provided through rich imagery, charts, graphs, and other visual depictions of information, then your visual learner will process the information with the greatest efficiency.

Check out our Visual Learners page to learn more about the Visual Learning Style.

The Auditory Learning Style and Auditory Learners

When your child prefers listening or reading, the information is language-based in nature. The information is processed in the language center of the brain.

The vast majority of traditional teaching is taught towards an auditory learning style. Therefore, if your child has an auditory learning style, you have a  greater ability to find ready-made curricula that meets the needs of your auditory learner.

Check out our Auditory Learners page to learn more about the Auditory Learning Style.

Kinesthetic & Tactile Learning Styles and Learners

The least common learning style is the Kinesthetic/Tactile learning style.  Kinesthetic and Tactile learners learn best by actively doing things.  Hands-on activities and bodily movement are used to teach these active learners.

Kinesthetic and Tactile learners are the most problematic to teach in a traditional classroom.  These kids require modifications of most instructional materials in order to meet their individual needs.  In a traditional classroom, these are the learners who are most likely to be fidgety, in and out of their desks, swinging their legs, and are otherwise unable to “sit still” at the request of their teacher.

If your child has a Kinesthetic/Tactile learning style, when he is not moving, he is not learning effectively.   Check out our Kinesthetic/Tactile Learners page to learn more about the dynamic and fun Kinesthetic/Tactile Learning Style.

VAKT Learning Styles Explanation Video

For additional information, you may like to watch this YouTube video. It discusses each of the VAKT learning styles along with some tips for working with each learning style (opens in new window):

Learning Styles with Lisa – Part 1

VAKT Learning Styles Inventories

To determine if your child is an Auditory, Visual, or Kinesthetic/Tactile learner, try this quick and easy assessment: http://www.schoolfamily.com/school-family-articles/article/836-learning-styles-quiz. This test is quick, easily understood by most children. It gives a form of ranked results, letting you know the primary, secondary, and least favored learning styles for your child.

Here is another quick, easy, and free VAKT Learning Styles inventory, which is a printable PDF, at: http://www.njea.org/pdfs/LearningStyleInventory.pdf . This inventory is easy for you to use and gives you a clear, singular result.

Similar inventories, with different questions, can be found at: http://www.whatismylearningstyle.com/learning-style-test-1.html and http://www.whatismylearningstyle.com/learning-style-test-2.html. These two tests by Piedmont Education Services use different testing formats. Use whichever one you prefer.

By using these tools, you should be able to find your child’s VAKT Learning Styles.

BE SURE to check out the VAKT Learning Styles activities for each learning style:

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