When it comes to learning styles for children, many parents do not realize that student learning styles vary from child to child. Some children are tactile or kinesthetic learner while others are visual, or auditory learners. It is important to determine student learning styles early so that your student will be more successful in school.
The student that has an auditory learning style will be more receptive to lessons that are provided orally. Those who have a kinesthetic learning style or tactile learning style will have better success in an environment that is more hands on. Visual learners do best with things that they can see and will do better with the written word or illustrative diagrams as opposed to simply listening to a teacher speak.
What’s Your Learning Style?
Visual, Auditory or Tactile/Kinesthetic?
Although an entire class can sit through the same presentation, not everyone receives the information in the same way. Do you know which way you learn best? Identifying student learning styles can help you improve your learning technique and can even improve your grades. There are three main learning styles for children, and most students fall into one of these three categories: auditory learning, tactile/kinesthetic learning, or visual learning.
Auditory learners are more receptive to presentations that are oral. Do you find that theinformation in class is easier to absorb if the teacher stands at the front the room and talks about a subject? Do you find that you are quicker to understandinformation given on audio tape or MP3? If so, one way of making your grades better would be to record yourself reading from the text book of any subjects that you find particularly difficult, and then listening to the spoken word – because of your auditory learning style you may find that it makes the subjects easier to understand.
Tactile/kinesthetic learners on the other hand learn best in a hands-on environment. They understand the physical form and being able to touch the material allows them to understand the subject matter easier. Unfortunately the tactile learning style is not one of the easiest of student learning styles to work with in a school setting as many subject areas don’t easily lend themselves to a kinesthetic learners – and school resources may limit those subjects that do. Consider how you can make a tactile model for subjects you find difficult and then use this to increase your understanding of it.
Visual learners are best with things they can see. They much prefer the written word or illustrative diagrams to listening to a teacher speak. Books and charts are the best educational tools for visual learning and therefore you ought to do well in a school environment. Classes that provide handouts, or use an overhead projector will be your best classroom experiences, but for those where handouts aren’t given, your own notes should provide the best source of information for homework.
If you aren’t sure which learning style you have, visual, audio, or tactile, pay attention to how you learn next time you’re in a classroom. Familiarize yourself with each of the learning styles for children beforehand, and then try to follow each style in turn to investigate which one of them gives you the easier learning experience. Once you identify the learning style, and can use this style more thoroughly in your school work, you’ll find that you’ll understand things faster and consequently should experience more academic success.
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