When it comes to learning, individuals have their unique personal way to grasp and absorb things around them. Most people fall into four main categories of learners (although there are seven in all) or a combination of two or more, depending on their style and orientation. These four categories are V-A-R-K;
As their names suggest, Visual learners learn best by seeing/witnessing, Aural learn best through their listening sense; Read/Write learners learn best by reading text and exercising writing; and Kinesthetics learners learn best when they can touch and feel or do things that are taught. These four categories of learners have certain characteristics specific to them.
Learners can also learn through a combination of two, three or four learning styles. There have also been a significant number of studies determining the percentage of students in each category.
Bases of the Theory of Different Learning Styles
Everyone is Unique. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to people. Everyone is different and these differences form the foundation of learning.
Interest Varies. If someone is inherently interested in layout and designs of houses, they may excel in architecture and designing and may master the subject better than someone who has a different interest.
Disabilities. People who suffer from mental disabilities may have a different style of learning. This is very commonly seen in the cases of dyslexic children. Other teaching methodologies may be best suited for children who are unable to cope up with conventional teaching methods.
Various Backgrounds and Experiences. People come from different backgrounds and have different past experiences. These two factors affect learning style to a great extent or shall we say, also have a major impact on the interests that a person develops.