Understanding your child’s learning style

Published by Sarah Hughes on

child education

A child’s learning style is a lot more important than perceived. Learning styles is the term used to describe different ways in which a person attains information, with everyone processing and understanding things in a method different to others.

These can be divided into four main learning styles: visual, auditory, tactile and kinaesthetic. Identifying your child’s learning style can make their academic life easier and be the barrier between falling back and success. Below is some advice on understanding and adapting your child’s learning style better.

Visual learning is all about learning through seeing. Children who learn visually tend to prefer to observe a person’s body language and facial expressions and prefer to learn through demonstrations and description. these types of learners are extremely imaginative and find excess amounts of movement distracting to them. For older children, reading and writing is the best way to absorb information.

Auditory learning is learning through listening. These types of learners like to take part in Group discussions and talk about content. Instructions being explained verbally is more effective than written information. These types of learners prefer a quiet environment to study in.

Talk to learners like to learn through touch. These children prefer activities and projects that allow them to use their hands. This could be doodling, painting, drawing and sketching to help them with their memory.

Kinaesthetic learners learn through moving and completing activities. these types of children struggle to sit in one place for a very long period of time and learn through physical sensations. A hands-on approach is the best way to teach this learner.

Understanding a child’s learning style is more than just identifying it and leaving them to it. The best way to ensure your child is getting the most out of their learning style is to observe and practise with them. Start by focusing on their strengths and their favourite activities. Identifying these will help your child feel more motivated when it comes to their learning.

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