Visual, Aural and Tactile Learning Styles

Both of our children were exceptional learners, but they had different styles of learning where they excelled. Our daughter was a visual learner. She excelled when she read how to do something in a textbook. Our son learned best by tactile, or hands-on, kind of learning. When both of them were having a little bit of trouble in physics class, we got them specialized physics tuition to help them both learn what they needed to improve their grades to As.

The tutor helped our daughter using her learning style, and he helped our son by using real-world physics examples that he could grasp better. It is all about reaching the kids where they are at when it comes to improving their grades. Learning styles include aural and tactile learning. Aural learners do great with lectures as they learn by listening. Tactile learners like to use their hands to do the things they are learning. Experiments and real-world examples help them. Most learning in textbooks is visually based. You see and learn. Our daughter liked to read and our son liked to do.

For example, in physics the concept of the lever is a fundamental. Our daughter learned it best by reading it in a better textbook than what the school had. Our son learned it by seeing how a lever works in real life as presented in video examples. Both of them got a better grasp of the subject of levers used in physics. I had trouble visualizing atoms and how they work. I could not grasp electrons, protons and neutrons well enough to get good grades on tests. Models of atoms helped me. I was tactile in that learning, but I am mostly visual and prefer textbooks. There are times when we can cross over and do better in something by learning it through a different method.