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Tutor Doctor | Sep 15, 2015

Understanding Your Child's Learning Style

Categories: Education, Children, Performance

Every child learns in different ways, but understanding your child’s learning style is important when helping them achieve academic success. Here at Tutor Doctor we want to help you recognise the different learning styles and the best study practices for each.

What is learning style?

Learning style is to put it simply the way you acquire information. Students learn faster and retain more when the information is presented to them in their dominant learning style. However it’s important to remember that children can still learn when they are presented with other styles. The benefit of recognising your child’s preferred learning style means that you can help tailor information and present it in a way that benefits them best.

Learning Styles

Visual Learners

Characteristics

  • Learns by seeing
  • Respond well to demonstrations
  • Enjoys visually pleasing presentations
  • Thinks in pictures
  • Takes detailed notes
  • Likes to sit at the front of class

Best Study Practices

  • Use maps, charts, graphs and diagrams
  • Use videos and PowerPoint presentations
  • Make and use flashcards
  • Highlight and underline when reading

Auditory Learners

Characteristics

  • Learns by listening and verbalising
  • Listens for keywords and phrases
  • Responds well when things are read out loud
  • Thinks in a linear fashion
  • Reads Slowly
  • Prefers to hear, rather than read information

Best Study Practices

  • Records lessons and listen again later
  • Read material out loud
  • Record yourself reading notes and listen later
  • Explain concepts in your own way out loud
  • Use word associations to help remember

Kinesthetic Learners

Characteristics

  • Learns through doing and trial and error
  • Prefers a hand on approach
  • Use multiple senses to engage with material
  • Enjoys solving real life problems
  • Suffers from a short attention span

Best Study Practices

  • Make and use flashcards
  • Study with others and exchange idea with one another
  • Study in short bursts
  • Use examples when taking notes

Read-Write Learners

Characteristics

  • Learn by reading and writing
  • Best understand explanations on paper/screen
  • Organise thoughts by making lists
  • Translates lessons into words

Best Study Practices

  • Take detailed notes
  • Create and use bulleted lists
  • Translate charts and graphs into a verbal or written summary
  • Write questions based on the material and answer them

Although it may be tempting to stick with what works, keep in mind that a child’s preferred learning style may change as they grow. Always keep an eye out for differences or if they are struggling with learning technique in particular.