Kolb’s model is one of many different ways to approach learning styles. It is important to be aware of the wide variety of factors that influence a particular learning style preference. These include modes of perception or modalities (visual, auditory, and kinesthetic) and environmental factors (room lighting, temperature, sound, and time of day). The following are tips adapted from the philosophy of neurolinguistic programming (NLP) for using modalities (auditory, visual, or kinesthetic) in the classroom.

Auditory learners are often . . .
Natural listeners
Speak more slowly than visual learners do
Speak in a monotone
Favorite expressions:
“I hear that.”
“That rings a bell.”
“Well informed.”
“To tell the truth.”
Quote other people: “He said . . .”

Auditory learners learn by:
Listening and verbalizing
Using songs or rhythms
Oral directions
Rhymes Listening in the classroom

Teaching strategy:
Take your time.
Pay attention to sounding good.
Plan and deliver an organized conversation.

Kinesthetic learners are often . . .
Slowest talkers of all
Slow to make decisions
Favorite expressions:
“I’ve got a feel for it.”
“I grasp your point.”
“It boils down to . . .”

Kinesthetic learners learn by:
Doing and manipulating
Using body movements, dance, gesturing
Physical actions in the classroom

Teaching strategy:
Walk them through everything.
They will need a hands–on demonstration.
Engage their emotions.
Visual learners are often . . .
Often interrupt
Favorite expressions:
“I can picture that.”
“It appears that . . .”
“It’s not yet clear.”
“We see eye to eye on that.”

Visual learners learn by:
Seeing and imaging
Using colors
Using images, shapes, drawings, paintings
Sculpting in the classroom

Teaching strategy:
“Show” them things.
Paint mental pictures.
Use references and examples.
Make reports and charts look good.