What is more important to acknowledge is that your child may have one or two primary learning styles. Let’s learn together the different types of learning, how to identify your child’s primary learning style and the best homework and studying tips to help your child succeed in school and at home.
The process of learning through the use of pictures, images and spatial understanding. Simply, your child learns best by seeing what is in front of them. For example your child may like to read charts, graphs, or diagrams as main learning technique. Visual learning is a main style and used frequently in most curriculum. If your child is a visual learner, try incorporating a whiteboard into their homework nights and having them draw or write out what they are learning.
2. Aural (Auditory)
Also known as auditory learning, is the type of learning through sound. This type of learner prefers education through listening, music, and repetition. Often schools will incorporate music and auditory learning techniques like audio books or verbal direction in order to jump start the learners brain. Often group discussions, rhythmic patterns like songs and poems, and reading out loud are good techniques for learning and studying.
3. Verbal (Linguistic)
Verbal learners prefer to learn through the written and spoken word. The learner succeeds highly in reading and writing. It will help the learner by participating in group discussions, asking questions, and reading studying notes out loud. The verbal techniques are similar to the aural learners. This is because your child is using the same sensors. Try having your child teach you the lesson or homework they are trying to grasp as a studying technique.
4. Physical (Kinesthetic)
Physical or Kinesthetic learners would rather learn through movement; by using the body, hands, and sense of touch to figure out something new. If your child uses their hands often when they speak to help them explain, then your child is likely to be a kinesthetic learner. Incorporate fun activities to keep your kinesthetic learner’s hands busy. Combining an activity with studying like flashcards to keep the learner active is a good tactic for future success.
Logical learners use reason and logic to solve problems. Often this learner will use mathematics and critical thinking to their advantage. Logical learners look for connections between concepts and ideas in order to problem solve. The best way for your child to study as a logical learner is to expand all the information, break it into sections and recategorize the information with the new found connections to other parts of the subject.
Social learners excel in group settings. Group projects, discussion and team building exercises. Your child will be highly interested in joining clubs or extracurricular activities like sports teams, debate teams, or band. Keeping a social learners brain active is important; they are likely to respond well to a teacher who keeps them engaged by asking them questions about the topic. Try forming a playdate/study session with your child’s classmates. But, stay involved and run the study group with constant engagement with your social learners.
If your child enjoys spending time by themselves in order to read, write and do homework, it’s likely your child is a solitary learner. This type of learner succeeds best by independent learning in quiet studying areas. It’s often difficult to aid a solitary learner, but by giving your learner a quiet work space is the key to success. Solitary learners are also known as “thinkers”; meaning that they often reflect heavily on the subject they are learning about. Try incorporating self reflection journals daily for your independent learner to promote a healthy thought process.