Understanding How Your Child Learns

As humans, we all have a unique way of processing information. Some of us learn best by seeing, others by hearing, and some by doing. Understanding your child's learning style is crucial for their academic success

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Visual learners rely heavily on images, diagrams, and other visual aids to retain information. They tend to have a good sense of direction and are excellent at remembering faces and places. Auditory learners, on the other hand, learn best through hearing and listening. They are often good at processing spoken information and can easily pick up on tone and inflection. Lastly, kinesthetic learners learn best by doing. They need hands-on experiences to fully understand and retain information.

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Five Signs of a Visual Learner:

  1. They prefer to read written instructions, rather than listening to someone explain a task.
  2. They enjoy using diagrams, charts, and graphs to understand information.
  3. They are able to remember things better if they have seen them written down.
  4. They enjoy watching videos and other visual media to learn new things.
  5. They have a good sense of direction and can easily visualize maps and other spatial information.

Five Signs of an Audio Learner:

  1. They prefer to listen to spoken instructions rather than reading written ones.
  2. They enjoy participating in group discussions and debates.
  3. They have a good memory for conversations and discussions.
  4. They enjoy listening to podcasts and audiobooks to learn new things.
  5. They may be easily distracted by background noise or other sounds.

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Five Signs of a Kinaesthetic Learner:

  1. They enjoy physical activities such as sports, dance, or yoga.
  2. They learn best by doing things, rather than just reading or listening.
  3. They may have a hard time sitting still for long periods of time.
  4. They enjoy taking things apart and putting them back together to see how they work.
  5. They may be more prone to taking risks and trying new things.

Unfortunately, many public schools are not equipped to cater to individual learning styles. They often rely heavily on lectures and reading assignments, which can be a struggle for students who learn best through other means. As a result, many students fall behind and struggle to keep up with their peers.

It is important to recognize your child’s learning style and advocate for them.

Advocate for a visual learner by:

  • Request that their teacher use visual aids such as diagrams, flowcharts, and graphs to illustrate concepts and ideas.
  • Encourage them to take notes during class and review them regularly, as this can help them retain information.
  • Suggest that they use flashcards or other visual aids to study for exams and quizzes.

Advocate for an audio learner by:

  1. Ask their teacher to incorporate audio recordings, podcasts, and other audio resources into the curriculum.
  2. Encourage them to record lectures and class discussions to review later.
  3. Suggest that they use headphones to block out distractions and focus on auditory learning.

Advocate for a kinaesthetic learner by:

  1. Ask their teacher to incorporate hands-on activities and experiments into the curriculum.
  2. Encourage them to take frequent breaks and engage in physical activities such as stretching or walking to help them stay focused.
  3. Suggest that they use manipulative objects such as blocks or puzzles to help them understand complex concepts.

By understanding their learning style and finding ways to work with it, you can set your child up for academic success!