Sunday 11 December 2022

How to Identify Your Child’s Learning Style

The way that individuals process information differs from person to person; this is referred to as a learning style. By understanding your child’s unique learning style, you will be in a better position to teach them and support their overall development. I have teamed up with an independent school in Surrey to share some information that will help you determine which learning style is most applicable to your child. 

Visual Learners

As the name suggests, visual learners like to see information in order to absorb it. This could be in written form, or even better, presented as images, charts, and graphs. Visual learners are often keen readers and often enjoy doodling and using coloured pens to highlight and emphasise information.  When studying, encourage your child to look at slideshows, watch videos, and practise with flashcards, as this will help them retain the information.

Kinaesthetic Learners

A kinaesthetic learner is better at processing information in a hands-on environment. They might be drawn to more practical subjects, such as art, drama, or sport. They might be referred to as hyperactive or a fidget because they are not great at sitting still for long periods of time. If you suspect your child is a kinaesthetic learner, encourage them to take regular breaks, pace while reading notes, or put on performances to demonstrate information. 

Auditory Learners

The other main learning style is auditory. An auditory learner prefers to be given information and instructions verbally and would usually favour audiobooks over reading. However, they are also easily distracted by noise such as background conversation or music. If you think your child is an auditory learner, encourage them to read aloud, listen to podcasts, and watch how-to videos rather than reading from a textbook. 

If you require more information on how to support your child’s learning, don’t hesitate to contact their teachers for some recommendations. 

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