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How Does Your Child Learn?

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Learning is the ability of an individual to absorb information and later use it for problem-solving. It is the foundation of intelligence and cognition. But just because an individual has trouble learning does not make them unintelligible; it just means their technique for gripping information is different. Everyone is different and therefore has a different learning style.

What is a learning style?

A learning style is a variant approach for inputting information. There are different approaches for learning, and some may benefit some individuals more than others. It is important for us to know which is our unique learning style. It will improve our learning skills and facilitate an easier way to intake information.

For children, this can oftentimes be a little tricky. Parents should observe their child and the way they learn; it will not only benefit their child but also improve parent’s techniques for helping their children with homework and studying. Eventually, children do grow into preteens, teens, and adults. It is important for them to know what their best way of learning is.

Knowing your child’s learning style is extremely important, but it is specifically important for children with special needs. If your child is learning disabled or has ADHD, therapists and teachers will try different methods to advocate learning. If they know how your child learns best, then it will make the process a whole lot easier.

4 Types of Learning Styles

There is an assortment of learning models. But the one that we are going to focus on is Flemming’s VARK model, which is based off a neurolinguistic approach.

There are four styles of learning; each involving our receptive senses. Some people may only use of them while others may use all. Let’s take a deeper look into what each style entails.

1. Visual or Spatial Learner- this type of learner requires visual learning. These learners will learn through visual stimulus. In other words they learn through observation of images, pictures, words, colors, and maps in order to organize and process information. These individuals can easily “picture” thoughts in their minds, and problem solve without the need of a paper or concrete map. They are usually excellent with directions because they can map themselves through routes. Students who are visual learners will be fans of drawing diagrams and using pictures for studying.

2. Auditory Learner- these are the ones that you see distracted doodling on their notepad in class; yet pass their exams with passing grades. That is because they learn by listening. How lucky are they! These students will hear their professor speaking and will store information instantaneously. When they study, they speak out loud to themselves and like to explain information to others. They may even repeat things over and over again as a method for memorizing. Unfortunately, they do have a flaw, selective attention. Any little auditory distraction may cause them not to process information correctly!

3. Tactile or Kinesthetic Learner- these individuals learn by using the sense of touch. They may feel or use certain body movements in order to intake information. They will most definitely have great hand-eye coordination and most likely good athletes. These are the “hands on” students that feel that they need to touch, and feel things in order to understand them. Their excellent project makers! Anything that allows them to use the sense of touch is a great source for facilitating learning. Finger painting, blocks, and art materials are all wonderful tools to use with them.

4. Reading and/or Writing Learner- this style administers to learning by writing, and reading things over and over again. It is sort of a memorization method. Good note takers usually have this learning style; they will most likely organize themselves with lists and notes. Highlighters, different colored pens, and other tools to differentiate headings, titles, and sections are usually used when studying, particularly when doing outlines. These are the students who use flashcards for everything, and carry an assortment of papers with them everywhere in school. They’re also the ones with the nicely organized binders!

What Learning Style Are You?

You may click on the following link to find out what learning style you are.


Here’s a link for your middle schoolers!


Reference:

Vark: a guide to learning styles. (2009). Retrieved from http://www.vark-learn.com/english/index.asp


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