25 Jun Find your learning style at GOTS
When she was little, Veronica Shepherdson struggled in school.
Grumpy and indifferent teachers made it hard for her to absorb lessons but she couldn’t figure out then why it was so.
Was something wrong with her? Was she not being taught correctly?
It was only after finding a teacher who believed in her in secondary school did Shepherdson begin to excel in her studies.
As she got older, she discovered humans have three learning styles – visual, auditory, and kinesthetic (VAK) – of which, one is usually more dominant.
Shepherdson dug deeper and realised she was among the five per cent of the world population who are kinesthetic learners – those who need to do an activity to understand a concept or lesson.
About 65 per cent of people are visual learners – those who need to see pictures, graphs and videos.
The remaining 30 per cent are in the auditory group and learn by hearing the information.
As such, she decided lessons at Global Oak Tree Scholars (GOTS) would incorporate all three learning styles so that no child would be left behind.
“Each lesson plan is divided into three parts to cater for all learning styles,” says Shepherdson, who developed the NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) for Academics with help from the American Board of NLP which is used to train her coaches on how to spot a scholar’s dominant learning style.
“Once you know which learning style suits a scholar, you can get the best out of him or her,” said Shepherdson who is GOTS co-founder.
All lessons are planned beforehand, meaning whoever takes a class will follow it and this ensures none of the scholars are left out.
A typical lesson at GOTS would see a coach begin by having ice breakers – either a review of the previous day’s lesson or a preview of the day’s class.
It could be in the form of quizzes, games or songs.
This helps to stimulate the scholars’ brains as the icebreakers cater to all – visual, audio and kinesthetic learners.
All classrooms are also fitted with smart televisions as educational videos and games are among the teaching methods.
Besides the traditional way of teaching, which is teachers reading from textbooks, scholars are also given tasks.
For example, if they are learning the history of Egypt, they would have to build their own miniature pyramids or chariots.
“We want all our scholars to get the best out of the lessons.
“I have parents telling me how pleased they are with their child’s performance but that they are perplexed how we can get them to understand the lessons.
“Some had struggled at their previous schools and could not follow the lessons.”
It is this approach to teaching which makes GOTS ‘definitely different’.
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