There are seven different learning styles. Children with a verbal learning style tend to use spoken or written words to help them to learn information.


How do I know if my child has a verbal learning style?

Verbal Learning Style Reading Children with a verbal learning style are similar to visual learners because they like to have words written down. However, they are also similar to auditory learners because they like to hear words spoken. The key traits of verbal learners are:

  • Enjoy reading
  • Enjoy writing
  • Enjoy drama
  • Think about the meaning of words
  • Express self through words
  • Write in a diary
  • Prefer to work in a quiet environment
  • Prefer words to diagrams
  • Often ask “why”
  • Link word puns, rhymes and tongue twisters


What are the strengths of verbal learners?

Children with a verbal learning style enjoy information when it is presented with a lot of words. As they enjoy listening to speech, they may develop good memories and be able to learn foreign languages easily. Children with a verbal learning style may also be very good at explaining information and tend to develop into very fast readers and good writers.


How might verbal learners struggle?

Although verbal learners have some similarities to visual learners, a key difference is that verbal learners may have poor spatial-navigation skills. This is because they do not like diagrams and drawings. Moreover, as verbal learners are sensitive to words, they may be easily distracted by music with lots of lyrics or other people talking when they are working.


Verbal learning style study tips

As verbal learners are very good with words, many of the traditional learning methods may suite them well. Those with a verbal learning style may benefit from:


  • Writing notes or information in their own words
  • Talking through and explaining ideas with another person
  • Memorising phrases
  • Reading notes aloud in different voices
  • Using acronyms
  • Using flashcards
  • Re-reading notes and books several times
  • Using the dictionary, internet or reference books for research
  • Incorporating facts they need to remember in a made up story


As verbal learners like words to be written and spoken to them, they may also benefit from learning strategies used by visual or aural learners. It’s a good idea to try out different methods with your child to figure out what works best for them.


What types of career options might my child like?Writing

Towards the end of key stage 3, children will begin to choose their GCSEs. Around this time, schools often give career guidance in order to ensure that your child chooses suitable GCSEs for they type of career that they wish to pursue. As children with a verbal learning style enjoy using words, they may like to become an actor, journalist, public speaker, author, editor, teacher, news correspondent, psychologist, lawyer or they may like to go into advertising.