Identifying your child’s learning style can help with many things such as homework, studying, classroom learning and other daily tasks. Even though most people use all their senses while learning, there is usually one that is preferential for your child.
- Learn best by hearing or listening
- Prefer to talk about a situation
- Learn best through verbal instruction
- Remember auditory repetition
- Study well with a friend to discuss material
- Learn best by seeing
- Prefer watching demonstrations
- Have intense concentration and ability to visually imagine information
- Write down things and take detailed notes; doodle
- Quiet–don not talk at length
- Learn best by doing; need direct involvement
- Express emotions physically
- Fidget when reading and are not avid readers;
- Remember best what is done, not seen or heard
- Find reasons to move; need frequent breaks when studying
If your child is an auditory learner, the following study tips may be helpful:
- Tape record your notes and study questions so you can listen to them for studying
- Verbalize things you want to remember and study with a friend so you can discuss and hear the information.
- Use a highlighter for main ideas and important facts
- Read aloud whenever possible
- Preview a chapter before reading it by looking at subtitles and key terms to increase your ability to maintain your focus while reading because you will have familiarity with the information.
If your child is a visual learner, there following study tips may be helpful:
- Write information down on index cards like vocabulary words on one side and the definition on the back side
- When listening to a lecture, look at the teacher to maintain attention; summarize important concepts, but don’t try to write verbatim what they are saying
- Study in quiet area
- Study alone
- Practice visualizing or picturing important information by using flashcards to help you isolate and mentally “see” facts and their chronological or sequential order.
If your child is a tactile learner, the following study tips may be helpful:
- Walk around while studying with flashcards or memorizing prayers or other information
- Write down important facts several times while studying
- Try to act out words with simple gestures which will aid your recall such as smiling at the word “amiable”…
- Use graphic note-taking methods such as mapping, concept tress or time lines; use a a highlighter
- Try studying in different positions; for example, lying on your back or stomach and change positions frequently
- Write key terms/spelling words in the air with your finger or in sand, carpet, or on a smooth surface
- Study with background music that is not distracting
- “Do” your assignments in an active way–use manipulatives for math, draw key events, play basketball to practice spelling
Sometimes, your child may need more than one way to learn a certain concept so trying out a variety of ways is best. If you ever need ideas, please do not hesitate to email or meet with me. My goal is to help everyone find the best way to learn anything and everything!