Every child learns differently; determining your child’s learning style is what makes the difference in their learning journey.
Everyone learns differently.
But when all kids are learning in the same way under the wing of an education system (which might need an overhaul), that’s when disaster strikes.
Students’ grades suffer when the inability to learn slowly creeps up. But it’s not entirely their fault. They could very well just be poor receivers of the current learning style.
So how can you help your child learn better if conventional teaching methods don’t work?
For starters, do you know your child’s learning style?
What are learning styles?
This is how teach.com defines learning style:
An individual’s learning style refers to the preferential way in which the student absorbs, processes, comprehends and retains information.
VARK can be broken down into 4 components:
- Visual (V)
- Aural/Auditory (A)
- Reading/Writing (R)
- Kinesthetic (K)
Does your little ones digest materials better when learning materials are accompanied by images, maps and graphics instead of just words?
That’s visual learning.
Basically, for visual learners, content are processed with greater effect with the use of meaningful diagrams and patterns.
But don’t take it as a good excuse for your child to watch TV. Because visual aids doesn’t include still images, movies or slideshow animations.
Some children grasp concepts best when heard from or spoken to.
We don’t refer to purely sounds. They respond better to lectures, conversations, radio and discussions.
If you notice that your kid is an aural learner, here’s a tip: reciting can help them memorize better.
Even if they learn better aurally, learners in this category can ingest written content more effectively through informal expressions and abbreviations.
Sceptical? Don’t be.
Yes, there are children who learn well through the traditional method.
These kids might love textbooks, manuals, encyclopedias, dictionaries and online blogs.
The lack of visual aids poses no threat to them as they rely mainly on reading and writing to absorb and retain information.
Bottomline, buy more books.
The word ‘kinesthetic’ loosely relates to one’s personal experience of reality.
Children in this category learn best because they’re able to transform knowledge and theory into practical experiences.
Here’s an example:
To know how a clock works, a kinesthetic learner will have to take it apart and put it back.
|Preferred presentation mode||Avoid using|
|Visual||Maps, diagrams, symbols,
|Text-based information, still
|Aural/Auditory||Audio recordings, lectures,
|Reading/Writing||Words, words, words||Still images, movies,
maps/diagrams with no words
|Kinesthetic||Hands-on practice, instructional
videos, live demonstrations, point -form manuals, examples,
|Text intensive information,
audio materials, ambiguous
instructional videos (not
following step by step)
Summary table for children of different learning styles; Know what works and what doesn’t
Identifying your child’s learning style
The most direct way is observing.
Take note of your child’s interaction and performance when they’re learning in different ways. Don’t forget about their attention span, time taken to complete a chapter, and test results to determine their learning style.
Speak with your child too. He or she might already know their favoured learning style.
Multimodality – the specials amongst our young
What if your child has 2 or more preferences?
Are they different? No, they’re just multimodular.
Sounds complicated, but it’s an easy concept.
Multimodal children can be 1 of 2 types, they either:
- Possess special preferences for specific situations (Type One)
- Slow in delivering specific results (Type Two)
Type One learners uses different aids according to different needs.
For instance, they lean toward using graph to solve math problems and memorizing dictation passages through reciting.
Type Two learners takes awhile to develop their study inclinations. A lot of trial and error processes will be made too before determining the method that suits them best.
Before you go…
Every child is, without a doubt, unique.
If your child already has a solid learning style, don’t force a new one upon them.
Review their likings as they progress, and teaching styles should always be readjusted in light of your findings.
Also, have your child’s tutor adapt to their learning style to maintain consistency in their learning.
If your child’s learning style has not yet been ascertained, don’t worry. Discovery takes time. Speak to your child to see if they’re open to discovering their learning styles.
Learning should be fun and exciting for your child, instead of mundane and boring.
With the right learning style, your child will embrace the beauty of knowledge in no time.