What Type of Learner Are You? Week #1: Visual Learner

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Confessions of a Visual Learner

"See how this works" …

"I can’t picture it" …

"Let’s draw a diagram/map" …

"I never forget a face" …

My language is all about pictures. I remember what I see more easily than what I hear. I have a great memory and tend to be good at spelling. I usually prefer art to music. I normally have a good sense of direction.

How to help me learn:

  • Write out directions/instructions with pictures and little writing.
  • Help me create to-do-lists, assignment logs, and written notes by teaching me a short hand of visual cues.
  • Let me highlight key words with different colours!
  • Show me PowerPoint presentations, pictures, graphs, and other visual media when it's something you really want me to remember!
  • Encourage me to draw lots of diagrams, mind maps, graphs, pictures; on poster board if possible. 
  • Encourage me to use lots of colour in notes, diagrams, etc. 
  • Encourage me to use arrows and other shapes to connect key concepts.
  • Let me watch a video on the subject. Yes, even from YouTube! And the library!
  • Help me make flashcards.
  • I can get antsy if I it's note-taking time and it's a lot of words. Also, I may “tune out” while trying to listen & take wordy notes. Let me draw, doodle, or scribble. It actualy helps me pay attention!
  • Let me preview reading material if at all possible.
  • Let me see your facial expressions and body language. Please use expression in your voice and props in your explanations and lectures!
  • I work best when I have a clear line of site of what I should be looking at.
  • Help me create a visual journey or story to memorize concepts that aren’t easy to “see.”
  • I work best in a quiet environment. 
  • Help me develop my other learning styles. Verbal and written information is all around me; it is often the preferred choice. Help me practice my note taking. Practicing dictation would help me learn how to process auditory information.  Encourage me to explain my visuals in words to other people.

Tutoring...With a Twist tutors not only support learners in every subject area; we also support them with a predetermined life-skill. By helping learners develop the tools they need to succeed in the classroom, we also help them develop the tools to succeed in life.


What Type of Learner Are You? Week #1: Auditory Learner

what kind of learner are you

Confessions of an Auditory Learner


"I hear you"…


"That sounds about right"…


"That rings a bell"…


"That’s music to my ears"…

listening through cans

My language is all about sounds. I remember what I hear more easily than what I read. I prefer to listen and present orally rather than read and write. I may have trouble following complex written instructions. I love music and I am usually talkative in class. I am often found singing, humming, or whistling to myself.

How to help me learn:

  • Auditory learners tend to do well in the traditional classroom where information is presented lecture style and student discussions are the norm.
  • Regulate voice tone, inflection, and body language to maintain interest and attention.
  • Read directions out loud.
  • Present the information orally, especially if it is complex. Help me break down the charts and diagrams into sentences and words.
  • Sometimes I learn by talking it out. I am not trying to be disruptive; I’m trying to cement the concepts. Allowing time for group discussion allows me this in a way that works for both of us.
  • Encourage me to read out loud from the book.
  • Let me watch a movie.
  • Help me tape myself reading vocabulary words.
  • Test me orally to ensure understanding. Let me give an oral presentation to the class.
  • Encourage me to use word association to remember facts.
  • Encourage me to make a rhyme or use rhythm when creating mnemonics and other memory aids.
  • Let me put the information into a jingle or a song.
  • Help me develop my other learning styles. Charts and diagrams are difficult for me, and they are used to quickly present a lot of information. Encourage me to make notes, group information by concept, create visual links and charts, diagrams, or other visual model.

Tutoring...With A Twist tutors not only support learners in every subject area; we also support them with a predetermined life-skill. By helping learners develop the tools they need to succeed in the classroom, we also help them develop the tools to succeed in life.


What Type of Learner Are You?




Learning to LOVE: Writing

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A few days ago, I decided to do a simple journaling exercise. I wanted to make a quick list of 20 things I love about writing. However, when typing the number 20, I accidentally typed 200 instead. As I hit the backspace key to correct the error, I paused and said, “What the heck… I can do 200.”

Initially the ideas flowed as quickly as I could type them. Most of them were ego-based surface thoughts along the lines of success, achievement, recognition, and so on. Once I got those out of the way, I slowed down considerably for the second half of the list and felt like I was connecting more deeply. Some of those items gave me a strong emotional hit. By the time I reached the end of the list, I felt a much deeper sense of gratitude for the opportunity to write. I also had a clearer sense of which reasons were truly meaningful to me and which were socially conditioned responses. This was all stream of consciousness, so expect to see some redundancy.

Here it is:

  1. humor
  2. being witty
  3. getting positive feedback
  4. getting links
  5. seeing people comment on my work on other sites
  6. spawning interesting discussions
  7. helping people grow
  8. sharing myself
  9. baring my soul
  10. being honest
  11. coming up with great new insights
  12. being creative
  13. expressing myself
  14. connecting with my higher self
  15. connecting with other people
  16. making friends
  17. building a reputation
  18. earning income
  19. being successful
  20. being good at writing
  21. being a popular writer
  22. having lots of readers
  23. seeing people extend and refine my ideas
  24. seeing people make my ideas their own
  25. seeing people apply my ideas
  26. seeing people get positive results with my ideas
  27. seeing people follow my advice and have it work for them
  28. seeing people have a-ha moments
  29. raising people’s awareness
  30. creating a large body of work
  31. doing good quality work
  32. being in the zone
  33. experiencing flow
  34. experiencing timelessness
  35. being enthusiastic about the flow of ideas
  36. reading an article I wrote and knowing it’s good
  37. anticipating a positive reception for something I wrote
  38. being able to write anywhere
  39. using my laptop and writing in public places
  40. being inspired
  41. incubating ideas
  42. writing a cool series
  43. building web traffic
  44. seeing people debate my ideas
  45. stimulating people
  46. waking people up
  47. disturbing people
  48. writing a piece I’m proud of
  49. coming up with truly elegant wording
  50. writing poetry
  51. coming up with new ideas that work for me
  52. inspiring myself
  53. tapping into a source beyond my ego
  54. experiencing oneness
  55. tuning in
  56. being free
  57. being free to write about whatever I want
  58. owning my own outlet to write
  59. getting thank you cards and letters in the mail
  60. hearing people’s stories
  61. seeing the word writer next to my name
  62. opening up with people
  63. letting people get to know me
  64. transforming painful lessons into inspiring stories
  65. turning my life into a lesson
  66. living by example
  67. being responsible
  68. doing what’s right
  69. feeling fulfilled
  70. knowing the flow of ideas is endless
  71. being satisfied
  72. feeling connected to other writers
  73. being an authority
  74. writing for myself
  75. writing for people I know
  76. expressing myself through written language
  77. having a global reach
  78. connecting with people I’ve never met
  79. changing lives of people I’ve never met
  80. making a positive difference
  81. changing people for the better
  82. changing myself for the better
  83. feeling connected
  84. turning off my ego
  85. turning my back on fear
  86. expressing courage
  87. writing daily
  88. enjoying the flow of fingers on the keyboard
  89. hearing the clanking of the keys
  90. typing fast
  91. brainstorming
  92. finding the third alternative
  93. doing something unique
  94. writing something new
  95. writing something that never existed before
  96. adding to the substance of the universe
  97. creating information out of thought
  98. manifesting pure thought in physical form
  99. putting nonlinear concepts into a linear structure
  100. storytelling
  101. coming up with good analogies
  102. simplifying complicated ideas
  103. being understood
  104. being loved
  105. being loving
  106. allowing people to know me
  107. bypassing people’s surface selves
  108. connecting with people’s true selves
  109. communicating soul to soul
  110. sharing energy
  111. expressing divinity
  112. being wrong
  113. accepting all outcomes
  114. being detached from outcomes
  115. letting people know I care about them
  116. reminding people they aren’t alone
  117. giving hope to people who’ve lost hope
  118. encouraging people who are discouraged
  119. learning from mistakes
  120. being kind
  121. being generous
  122. giving without expecting anything in return
  123. being human
  124. teaching people it’s OK to make mistakes
  125. teaching people not to be so afraid
  126. releasing my own fears
  127. hugging people through words
  128. showing people we are the same
  129. remembering that I’m not alone
  130. building a community
  131. seeing people support each other
  132. bringing light to darkness
  133. seeing someone smile
  134. deepening my connection
  135. growing
  136. changing
  137. changing my mind
  138. disagreeing with what I’ve written
  139. knowing I’m on the right path
  140. knowing this is what I’m meant to do
  141. knowing that writing is good
  142. seeing the good in other people
  143. helping people see the good in themselves
  144. preventing a suicide
  145. helping people embrace life
  146. helping people reconnect with what matters to them
  147. being a teacher
  148. being a student
  149. sharing discoveries
  150. making people laugh
  151. making people cry
  152. writing while crying
  153. writing something powerful
  154. writing something profound
  155. writing truth
  156. empowering people
  157. helping people raise their standards
  158. seeing people happier
  159. changing the world
  160. shedding the nonessential
  161. understanding essence
  162. knowing people by knowing myself
  163. egoless writing
  164. writing for the planet
  165. writing for the highest good of all
  166. heart-centered writing
  167. being discouraged and still being able to encourage someone else
  168. writing in the dark
  169. seeing a blank screen and knowing it will soon be full
  170. writing without fear
  171. writing as Source
  172. becoming one with the ideas
  173. becoming nothingness
  174. becoming pure awareness
  175. losing awareness of my fingers typing
  176. listening to music while writing
  177. smelling vanilla
  178. instant publishing
  179. watching birds outside my window
  180. writing about my family
  181. feeling good while writing
  182. writing peacefully
  183. writing all day
  184. losing track of time
  185. becoming my writing
  186. reading something I wrote and not remembering I wrote it
  187. writing for a timeless reader
  188. writing for people who aren’t born yet
  189. knowing my writing can outlive my body
  190. reincarnating in a future life to read what I wrote in this one
  191. loving to write
  192. being in a state of joy
  193. wanting to write even though I don’t have to
  194. writing even when I think I have nothing to say
  195. being surprised at what comes out of me
  196. being relaxed
  197. writing on paper
  198. writing with a candle burning
  199. writing for no reason at all
  200. writing by being instead of doing

Consider making a similar list for a passion of your's! And maybe you have gleaned another aspect of writing that you might enjoy!



Learning to LOVE: Writing

heart on page

Winter has arrived on the Island...hope everybody was able to be safe and enjoy it! Where we live it snowed for 3 days straight. I wasn't able to "write home about it" as my original home is Ontario and I don't think they would have given me too much sympathy!

Our final blog on the “Learning to Love” series is on WRITING!

Writing seems another struggle for students. The Foundational Skills Assessment results for Nanaimo shows that 23% of students in Grade 4 and 19% of Grade 7 are not yet meeting expectations. The results are similar for the whole of Vancouver Island. (

Some ways to encourage writing practice:

Let your child write naturally. Do not work on correcting spelling and grammar as much as encouraging the writing practice. After the story is finished work on proofreading and editing. Praise the story ideas, characters, and other elements of the story to encourage them. See last week’s blog on how to teach spelling at home.

Make a writing corner, near your word wall list.

Let them write out the grocery list; make writing practical. If they want a treat, have them write a few words on why you should let them. Write notes to each other; they can be silly or express emotions that might be difficult to do otherwise.

Provide writing prompts; sometimes is just that they don’t know what to write.

Have them write a story about a familiar character (tv, games, websites, etc.)

“Publish” their stories. Write down the stories they start to tell. Start with you writing the words and the child drawing the pictures. Advance to providing the pictures, or better yet your child providing them, and have the child write the story. Create covers with construction paper. Include these stories in reading time.

Tell a relay story. This can be done orally, while waiting in traffic, or share a piece of paper between you. Writing is more than pen to paper – it’s the creative ideas too.

Start a family newsletter to keep in touch with relatives.

Encourage them to keep a diary and/or a journal!

Have them write a letter to a celebrity, the editor of your local paper or a family member.

Have them experience an item with all of their senses. Have them touch it, smell it, listen to it, look at it, draw it, and if safe taste it. This will help them develop descriptive writing.

Tutoring...With A Twist tutors not only support learners in every subject area; we also support them with a predetermined life-skill. By helping learners develop the tools they need to succeed in the classroom, we also help them develop the tools to succeed in life. 



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