Learners differ from the other learners in different aspects. It is very important for somebody to notice it especially for the one that will be going to teach. There are those learners that learn immediately while others find it hard to understand. Some learners need learning assistance and providing this assistance needs the knowledge about certain elements that varies learners to learners.
There are certain elements that distinguish the learner individually in the aspect of learning. These distinguishing elements are the individual ability, aptitude, interest, family and cultural background and the attitude. The learners have different abilities, they have different aptitude, they have different interest, they have different family and cultural background as well as different attitudes and these differences provide impact on individual learning process.
Different learners differ from their ability in learning. The ability is one of the factors that will dictate an individual’s failure or success in any particular activity. Since different people have different ability. They have different capacity in understanding or assimilating different information. They also have different observations and interpretations.
With these differences, different individuals are classified into fast, average and slow learner or in high, moderate and slow achievers.
Learners also differ from their aptitude. The aptitude indicates an individual’s natural capacity to learn a specific skill, thus it can be considered as an innate talent or an inborn gift. Learning to play a guitar is an example since not all have the skills of learning to play it.
Interest is another distinguishing element among learners. Different people have their different things of interest. There are those people who show interest in the field of music, some others into sports and others are interested in some other things. This is also true in learning since learners have different fields of interest that distinguish them from the others.
Another distinguishing element is the learner’s family and cultural background. The learners have their different personalities as well as behaviors. They come up in different upbringing practices which influenced their personalities.
Attitude is also considered as a factor that distinguishes learners from each other. All the learners have their own and different way of thinking. Each of them differs on the way how the react in the same situation considering that they have different personal traits and characteristics. It is important to determine these distinguishing elements to be able to cater with the individual learning needs.