Adjust to the extent that you can.
Once your student has described how they learn best and you have a sense of how you learn (and teach), you can adjust to the extent that you feel comfortable. If you like to see things done first but have a student who prefers to talk about a procedure initially, make an effort to provide a learning experience that they will find most effective. This will also help to build rapport with your student.
In summary keep in mind that…
- Learning styles are general and not every student may fall directly into any particular category
- Not every student learns best with the same methods
- Discovering ways to accommodate various learning styles can facilitate successful learning for students
- It begins with having a conversation with your student about how they learn best