by Amin Saha | 5 MIN READ
Parents need to find out their children's learning styles carefully, so they can choose how to streamline their learning process, what method and material to choose for teaching them, how to accommodate them as a parent supervising and assisting their traditionally-schooled child, and as the dual-role parent/teacher of the homeschooled child.
Research has singled out four distinct ways of learning that people tend to be predisposed to as children, which persists into adulthood. Populations are divided into visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic learners, each responding better to corresponding study methods and resource material. Let's see what's what.
Facts: Yes, as the name suggests, visual learners look for visual cues to process and channel information, make logical connections, and then commit the input to memory as images. They later recall the data in pictures. They even thinkin images, which equips them with highly developed imaginations. They learn by watching, observing, and analyzing everything during a learning activity, ranging from non-verbal cues like your facial expressions and body language to image-dependent illustrations and demonstrations, whether given intentionally or unintentionally. Example: You may come across a child who has learned only the part of the material where you drew an image of on the board or gave a demonstration of by your hands, or where your body language became indicative of what you were describing, or your facial expression stuck out as associative of that concept. You ask them a question regarding a historical figure. They are reminded of your face filled with pride. They remember that figure was a national hero, and they remember the rest. What Study Method and Curriculum Work for Visual Learners? The Dos: Illustrations, flashcards, charts make sure you present the material accompanied by Picture, images, illustrations. Even if the main point is not conveyed through pictures, it needs to be presented next to one, so their mind associates the concept with the respective image. Written versions, video versions: One of the reasons we encourage language learners to watch movies and TV shows with the target language's subtities on the screen, or we expose them to such material in our onsite classes, is that this method combines two visual media to target the visual learners, which happen to constitute the majority of the people, or at least a big part of their learning system. Therefore, the take-away is that even if your material needs to be presented verbally, make sure the written format is around to be seen simultaneously Color-code material: Add color to the mix, they are drawn to visually distinctive elements, so divide and code concepts by presenting them in colors Image-oriented assignments: Have them draw images of what they have understood of the lesson. They'll excel at it, and it improves their drawing skills, their most impactful tool in their toolbox. The Don'ts: Excessive movement: To analyze and internalize information in terms of images, they need not to be moved around too much, so too much kinesthetic activity might throw off a visual learner's system, disrupt their focus, and defuse their strength. So don't convolute and spoil your image-based method with too much movement..
Auditory learners respond to sound the best, listen for cues, learn by processing what they hear, from both others and themselves. That's why they ask many questions, like to talk about the instructions and descriptions that are given verbally. Analytical discussions are their favorite learning activity. If what they are meant to be taught is presented in a rhythmic or musical form, or a soft instrumental (not made distractive by words or noisy notes) is being played, they learn it a lot faster and better. You'll catch them singing, reading, and repeating material out loud, whispering to themselves, humming the musical notes when practicing, or trying to remember the ideas. Then, they may ask you to sit down and listen to them give a recount or recap of the material, as they learn by listening to their voice saying the learned material. Study Method and Curriculum Types for Auditory Learners The Dos: Verbal instruction, description, questions. Your auditory learning child will need to be given clear, coherent, and well-structured verbal explanations of the material. After you provide plenty of those, they may ask for more or repeat a dissected, classified version. And giving them oral tests and exams also helps with their improvement Repetition, whispering, out loud reading: Let and encourage them to use sound to internalize the material and let them play to their strength. music: Incorporate a musical element into your teaching method. For younger students, provide poems, songs, either played out or in poetry books, and let the older ones play music when studying or even taking a test. The Don'ts: Sound distractions: As much musical accompaniment of their learning efforts help their education along, noise pollution in the form of people talking or singing or even whispering might disrupt their cognitive process, as they are involuntarily picking up all the sonic cues.
We will get the most efficiency and productivity out of our students if we address their strengths, being the modes they will receive, analyze, and master information. 2. Sometimes, it's not about getting the optimum results through the shortest, least demanding pathways. It is about whether they learn or not. Since if they are forced to learn through a channel that is not well-wired in them, they do not learn at all We have all seen a child lagging in developing in certain areas. It worries us that our child is not smart enough, is too much of a slacker to the point of qualifying as a learning disability. Still, the truth is you are just barking at the wrong tree. You are appealing to the wrong side of them, taking the wrong alley. 3. One of the most problematic parts of either devising or supervising a student's education is the curriculum. you need to know what form, media, and presentation style of your target content, end, and substance your child will respond to, then choose and design a curriculum, since the constant doubt and indecision could ` be paralyzing, both to you as the parent and the child's future.