Tips for Writers

Embracing different learning styles

It is important to remember that learners have different ways of learning and absorbing information. Activities and exercises within each section of your book should try, as far as possible, to be structured in such a way as to accommodate different learning styles.

Different styles of learning should include the following aides:

  • Visual
  • Aural
  • Verbal
  • Physical
  • Logical

Visual or spatial learners prefer learning by observing and seeing things. Including diagrams, maps and pictures in your textbook helps these learners to learn. Activities such as drawing mind-maps or tables helps them to visualise information.

Aural or auditory learners learn best through verbal presentations, lectures and speeches. Include activities such as discussions and demonstrations.

Verbal or linguistic learners also benefit from discussions and presentations. These learners are good with words, both spoken and written. They will benefit from activities that include speaking, debating and writing.

Physical or kinesthetic learners learn using the sense of touch. They like to be active and hands-on. Wherever possible include activities that promote action.

Logical learners are mathematical and use reasoning and numbers wherever possible. They benefit from activities that include scientific or logical ways of thinking and/or use of internet technology.

Last but not least, remember that some learners are more social than others. Social, or interpersonal learners will benefit from group activities where they can communicate and collaborate with others. Intrapersonal learners like to work alone, and benefit most from individual activities where they can research and form their own ideas and opinions.