No standard method of learning is effective for all children. Different ways of processing information are effective for different children.
Educators have broadly classified learning styles into three types—visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. If you identify which of these best describes your child’s learning style, you can help him tailor their study habits for better academic success.
Here is what characterizes each learning style and how you can identify your child’s style.
Visual learners learn by seeing and observing. They can best process information presented to them as pictures, graphs, charts, or videos. These children may not find audio lectures and hands-on activities as effective as visual aids used in education. They are good at spotting fine details in the information presented to them.
If your child is a visual learner, they will benefit from the information in the form of pictures and print. Use visual aids like flashcards, charts, lists, graphs and diagrams to teach. 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 developed than their visual skills; hence, they usually prefer oral instruction.
These children talk a lot, have a good sense of rhythm, and typically enjoy music.
If your child is an auditory learner, read out loud to help them understand things clearly. Use aids like audio books 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; a big reason for this 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, and 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 dominant 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 help from struggling in future learning situations that call for a more specific form of learning tactics.