No standard method of learning is effective for all children. Different people process information in different ways. So educators have broadly classified learning styles into three types: visual, auditory and kinesthetic. It helps to identify your child’s learning style so you can help them tailor their study habits for better academic success. Here is what characterizes each and how you can identify your child’s learning style.
Visual learners learn by seeing and observing. They process information as pictures, graphs, charts and videos. These children may not find audio lectures and hands-on activities as effective as visual aids. They are good at spotting the fine details in everything they see.
If your child is a visual learner, they will benefit from pictures, images and print. Use visual aids like flashcards, charts, lists, graphs and diagrams to teach them. Encourage your child to use their imagination to think of topics in terms of pictures to remember it easily.
Auditory learners depend on listening skills to process information effectively. Their auditory skills are better than their visual skills so they usually prefer oral instruction. These children talk a lot, have a good sense of rhythm, and typically enjoy music.
If your child has an auditory learning style, reading out loud helps them understand things clearly. Use aids like audiobooks to engage them. Include rhythm and rhymes in teaching. Encourage them to repeat aloud what they just learned to understand it better.
Kinesthetic or Tactile Learners
Often considered fidgety and distracted, kinesthetic learners have trouble sitting still and concentrating. The main reason for that may be because they learn by doing. They like to touch and take things apart to learn about them. These children must be actively involved in the learning process to benefit from it.
If your child is a kinesthetic learner, use hands-on activities and physical learning aids to help them learn better. Objects like counters, blocks, clay, textured tools and hands-on projects will allow them to explore concepts and understand them better.
Although one of these will be your child’s learning style, you should encourage them to learn in other ways, as well. Expose them to different learning styles, as the ability to learn in a variety of ways will give them an added advantage in the long run. Exposing them to different methods of learning will also keep them from struggling in learning situations that call for a specific form of learning style.