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How to tell learning styles by the eyes

A student who sits still and looks straight ahead, or whose eyes look upwards when accessing information, and who is a fast talker, is generally a

visual learner.

A student who looks from side to side when accessing information, or looks down to his “offside” (right-handed student looking to the left), is probably an auditory learner. He will generally speak with a rhythmic voice.

A right-handed student who moves a lot, looks to the right and downwards when accessing and storing , and is a slow speaker, will probably be a

kinesthetic learner.

Teachers skilled in neuro linguistic programming (NLP) say that they can often tell students’ preferred learning styles by looking at their eye movements and listening to them speak.

Teaching to Modality Strengths: A Common Sense Approach to Learning, by Walter B. Barbe and Raymond H. Swassing, available through Zaner-Blozer, Inc., Columbus, Ohio. Copy-right 1979. *Similar points are covered in extensive detail in Righting The Educational Conveyor Belt, by Michael Grinder, published by Metamorphous Press, P.O. Box 10616, Portland, Oregon 97210. Note: Barbara Prashnig says strong tactile learners can generally be identified by the way their eyes tend to look up when pondering a question.