Understanding Your Child’s Learning Style

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Did you know there are three main learning styles? Every child has their own dominant learning style and by understanding the characteristics of each of these styles, parents can identify the best teaching techniques to aid their child’s development.

To help you identify your child’s individual learning style and unlock their full potential, an Independent School in Hampshire have provided the following information and advice…

What are the three common learning styles?

Each learning style relates to the individual senses we use when we are learning. For example, seeing, feeling and listening. Schools try to incorporate a mixture of these learning styles into lessons using a number of different teaching methods. For example, hands-on tasks, interactive whiteboards and roleplay activities.

Read through the characteristics of each learning style below and see if you can identify which one matches your child…

Visual Learners

Visual learners like to see what they are learning and work best when using pictures, diagrams and instructional videos. Visual learners often have a ‘photographic memory’ which means they are particularly good at remembering what they have seen in lots of detail.

When teaching visual learners it is a good idea to have pens and paper available, as they like to write things down and draw whilst listening. It is also beneficial to visit museums and art galleries with your child to enhance their learning experience.

Tactile Learners

Tactile learners process information best using hands-on activities. They want to touch and feel whilst they are learning and they also like to learn through movement. You may notice that this type of leaner will move around whilst talking and often use hand movements to explain something.

Tactile learners enjoy subjects such as Art, Science and Drama because they love to experiment and create. They also enjoy PE because it provides a lot of physical activity.

Auditory Learners

Finally, auditory learners like to have information explained to them verbally. They like to listen and then absorb the details. Auditory learners are more likely to remember key details by saying things out loud. If your child is an auditory learner, you may notice that they remember verbal instructions well, however they require more time to process information when reading.

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