Children learn in different ways and understanding this as parents can help a great deal.
In our previous post, it was identified that the common learning styles are kinesthetic, visual and auditory. Knowledge of the different learning styles will help you understand the learning techniques your child needs to succeed.
Instead of constantly complaining about your child’s inability to learn at the same pace as his or her peers, every parent must learn to embrace their child’s unique learning ability; accept their differences and find ways to assist them when they struggle academically or socially.
Parents and teachers often tend to treat all children the same way, which is a mistake that should be avoided. Children like to learn, but they sometimes hate to be taught, therefore teaching shouldn’t be done using a single approach. Other unique ways of teaching a child can always be explored to ensure that every child reaches a desired peak.
The most effective way of getting the best out of your child is to adopt the appropriate learning techniques that suits his/her learning style.
Learning techniques for different learning styles;
1. If Your child is a visual learner
- Get materials to add colour to their note:
Highlighters and road map stickers are great tools visual learners should have. Your child will retain information better when they see colours in their notebooks and textbooks.
- Encourage your child to take notes during lectures:
It can be difficult for visual learners to remember what the teacher says; so they must be encouraged to take notes.Get your child a notebook.
- Encourage your child to illustrate his/her ideas in pictures;
During home study , give your child the option of expressing his/her thoughts using pictures or thinking bubble before writing down a point.
- Encourage your child to study in quiet places;
Studying in quiet places will help your child stay focused, because visual learners get easily distracted.
2. If Your Child is an auditory learner
- Record lessons;
Encourage your child to record lessons taught, this way they can replay it over and over again. Auditory learners retain information faster by listening.
- Allow the use of words association;
This is a good way for auditory learners to study and remember things. Devices such as songs or rhymes are good to pair with assignments. Your child’s brain will automatically recall the song and the information it represents.
- Encourage group discussions;
Auditory learners study best by hearing information. Encourage your child to have study groups at home or even at school. This is a brilliant way for him/her to practice and learn from others.
3 If Your Child is a kinesthetic learner
- Encourage your child to use a flowchart;
The use of tables and graphs are great tools your child can use to create a flowchart. Motivating him/her to use a flowchart will help your child recognize patterns easily.
- Study outside with your child:
There is nothing as great as having fun while studying for a kinesthetic learner. Parents enjoy extra-curricular activities with your child, this is a great way to discuss their assignments. Kinesthetic learners retain information faster this way.
- Encourage your child to take study breaks ;
kinesthetic learners often have a hard time sitting for a long time. This is why you should encourage them to take frequent breaks while studying.
Now that we have highlighted the learning techniques for the different learning styles. It is important as parents not to limit your methods when helping your child with his/her studies.