Halstrom Blog Post
Benefits of 1:1 Education: Learn the Way You Learn Best
You have probably encountered a situation where a friend grasps a concept right away, and it just does not make sense to you. Then someone explains it to you in a different way, and things suddenly click. The reason for this is that people learn in different ways. Unfortunately, in a traditional classroom setting, the teacher is unable to adapt the lesson plans to fit the learning style of all the students. Instead, material is often taught either in the way that makes the most sense to the teacher or in the way that seems to connect with the most students. Because lesson plans are individualized, the ability to learn through your preferred learning style is one of the benefits of 1:1 education.
In general, there are four learning styles: visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and verbal (or reading/writing). While people can learn through other learning styles, they will learn faster and absorb the material more efficiently if the material is taught through their preferred learning style.
Visual learners learn best when they can see the information. Charts, diagrams, and pictures, including their own drawings, help them to understand the material better. Flashcards are also often a helpful study technique for visual learners.
Hearing the material helps an auditory learner grasp the information. They can learn from lectures. Repeating the important information to themselves may also help them to remember essential material. Creating a song or rhyme to remember difficult facts may also be helpful.
Kinesthetic learners have to do to understand. Reading the information or hearing do not help. They may struggle to sit still and are often moving around while they are learning. For example, a kinesthetic learner may pace while studying. They may also need to touch things to understand them. Like visual learners, kinesthetic learners often benefit from using flashcards to help them memorize material.
For verbal learners, reading information and writing it down works well. Like auditory learners, they may benefit from repeating information aloud so they can hear and understand it.
Of course, most people are not purely one type of learner, which makes individualized learning even more important. For example, maybe you are an auditory learner, who can listen to a teacher's lecture and understand the material, but you are also a kinesthetic learner, who has to do an experiment in science class for the information to make sense. When the student has one-to-one instruction, it is easy to incorporate the learning style or styles that work best for that student.