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Know Your Learning Styles

Most people learn in a variety of ways. However, we tend to have one or two preferred learning styles. If your child is struggling in one or more subjects, one way to help them is to identify their preferred learning styles and to teach them accordingly. Utilizing your child’s preferred learning styles can help improve their learning.

Below are seven learning styles and some ways to help your child learn based on their preferred learning styles. Remember that most people tend toward one or more of these learning styles but could exhibit different learning styles in different situations.

Learning Styles

1. Visual Learner - Does your child retain information better when presented in videos, graphs, books and pictures? Visual learners will often take detailed notes and draw pictures to remember what they have learned.  If your student is a visual learner, encourage them to use pictures, images, colors and diagrams for taking notes, studying, and test preparation. Utilizing pictures or images instead of text increases retention because of the extra visual stimulation.

2. Auditory Learner – Does your child learn more when information is presented in lectures, speeches, and audio? Auditory learners are often musically inclined. If you student is an auditory learner, encourage them to use listening techniques like sound, rhyme, or
music to memorize and retain learned information. Even background music can help an auditory learner with comprehension. One effective learning technique for auditory learners is to add lyrics and music to learning materials to memorize information.

3. Verbal Learner – Does your child like to express themself both verbally and in writing? Verbal learners often like to read and write, enjoy tongue twisters and utilize rhymes. Verbal learners enjoy speaking and/or writing for study techniques and find using
acronyms to helpful in memorization.

4. Physical Learner – Does your child learn better through hands - on interaction and participation? Physical learners like to experience things and learn more when they can touch their learning topics. Classes with lab work will be their strongest. Building models, creating of timelines, or using blocks for math will aid comprehension.

5. Logical Learner – Does your child like to use logical reasoning skills to learn new material?  Logical learners are better able to learn information by organizing different information to make connections in the data. Encourage your logical learner to understand the meaning behind a subject they are studying. Answering why will give relevance to their new material. If child is seeking to do automobile or bike repairs, they will be more effective with more time spent physically making the repairs than reading in a book.

6. Social Learners – Does your child like to use written and verbal communication skills? Is your child at ease speaking with and understanding others? Social learners often work best in groups and quickly see other people’s perspectives. For social learners, opportunities to study with others are usually beneficial.

7. Solitary Learner – Does your child prefer to work by themself in a private setting? Solitary learners might want to spend significant time on a problem before seeking assistance. They also prefer to study alone free of distractions. I hope this is a helpful tool to better understand learning styles and how you can help your child learn more effectively based on their natural preferences.