Every individual has a unique way of absorbing information. This is called “Learning Style”. Teachers will try to incorporate teaching methods into their lessons that cater to the three main learning styles so that they can engage all students. The main learnings styles are visual, auditory and kinaesthetic. However, it is also important for parents to understand their child’s learning style so that they can help them with their home learning. This is particularly true at the moment, while many parents across the UK have had to adopt the role of a teacher in their homes. Read on for some tips on how to identify your child’s learning style from an independent co-educational school in Somerset.
Find some time to observe your child whilst they are doing their schoolwork. Think about their preferred methods for absorbing information. Do they use lots of coloured paper and pens to write down their notes? Are they drawn to graphs and pictures? Do they read and re-read their notes in a quiet and studious manner? If so, they might be a visual learner. If they prefer listening to audiobooks and like to read their notes aloud or talk things through with another person, they are most likely an auditory learner.
Kinaesthetic learners, on the other hand, use their senses to absorb information and they like to move around and touch things. A kinaesthetic learner is usually drawn to more practical subjects, like PE, Science, Drama or Art and they may struggle to sit still for long periods of time. It will also help you to know that some people might not necessarily fit into just one of these categories; they may have more than one learning style.
Once you have grasped which type of learning style your child prefers, you will be better equipped to help them with their learning. For instance, if your child is a visual learner, there’s no point trying to verbally explain something. You will be far better using visual cues, like photos, to help explain what you mean. It’s worth trying to figure out your own learning style too because this will determine the way you teach.