Every student processes information differently. There is no, one-size-fits-all approach to learning and every child has their own learning styles. Knowing the type of learning styles that your child possesses allows you to guide your child better in his or her academic journey. Three types of learning styles that have been identified are kinaesthetic, visual and auditory. These learning styles will be described below, along with tips to identify that of your child.
Kinaesthetic learners learn best by moving and doing. They are the ones who run around the playground trying everything as young kids. Kinaesthetic learners are good at activities that require full use of their body, like sports and dance. They use many actions while learning, for example, creating an action to remember a concept, or counting with their fingers. Kinaesthetic learners are tactile. They learn best by carrying out the task or working on a problem slowly with little guidance.
Incorporate more tactile and active methods of learning for kinaesthetic learners. The possibilities are endless. For example, create a story to remember specific facts or a rhythm and tune for challenging concepts. You can also encourage them to take notes in class.
Visual learners learn by looking at images and the actions of people around them. They are keen observers and learn well through written instructions or a demonstration of the task. If your child is a visual learner, he or she may most likely enjoy art and craft, reading and watching shows. They also have a good memory for people, directions and places they have been to.
This type of learning styles learns best by using mind maps, highlighters and markers (colours in notes) and visual aids.
Auditory learners absorb information well through listening. As such, they follow verbal instructions better than others. Auditory learners also perform well musically, whether through the playing of instruments or singing. You may find that auditory learners respond well to repetition. These are indications that your child is an auditory learner.
Discussions, lectures and the use of songs are great learning techniques for this type of style. Allow your child to repeat and talk about concepts and engage them in fruitful conversations.
School teachers may find it hard to cater their material to all the different types of learning. Hence, small group classes outside of school will benefit your child. You can also provide a conducive learning environment for your child at home, specific to their style of learning. Like in School Plus, we keep our class size small with a maximum of 10 students in a class. This will allow the teacher to focus on each student more efficiently. In addition, we use our online platform, Geniebook during classes. This effectively targets each student’s specific weakness in the subject which will ensure optimal and effective learning.