Find your child’s learning style, and learn smarter
At Whizz, we’re constantly amazed at how adaptable and hard working children continue to be, despite the trials and tribulations of the last eighteen months. For much of lockdown, education became this isolated, and isolating, activity which required great self-motivation during a time of anxiety and mental fatigue for children. So, to see the way in which so many children are applying themselves to their studies is hugely impressive.
One of the ways you can help with home-learning is to change the way in which home-learning is done.
There are four main recognised learning styles. Do you know which learning style is best for your child? By identifying which style is best, you’ll not only make learning more effective, but less of an ordeal for them too.
1. Visual learning
If your child is someone who enjoys observing, and then reacting to and recalling what they see, then visual learning might be the learning type for them. Visual learners tend to be artistic, creative and will naturally annotate notes and draw diagrams to help retain information and solve puzzles.
Colored post-its, folder inserts, highlighter pens and mind maps are all fabulous tools to help visual learning students study and retain information. Encourage them to decorate their walls of their bedrooms with post-it prompts. Not only will this help to categorize and order their thinking, but writing out questions and answers is a great way to retain knowledge.
2. Auditory learning
Auditory learners are the complete opposite of visual learners. Instead of writing stuff down, they love to read and recite subjects and topics. If your child is an eloquent conversationist, takes verbal instruction well, and is musical, then auditory learning might be perfect for them.
Give them a dictaphone, or they could use their cell phone, to record themselves and play back their work to themselves. Give them plenty of space and peace to work. Don’t make them feel that they are being listened to or judged when recording themselves, or it might put them off working in this fashion. But always make sure they know that you are there for them to raise any questions which they might have or be struggling with. Being auditory learners, they’ll love to talk the problems through.
3. Reading/Writing learning
Similar to visual learning, where reading/writing learning differs is that instead of mind maps, colored pen and post-its, the student learns by writing hand written notes, over and over. The repetition of writing helps to remember facts and figures for later recall.
It’s important for reader/writers to work in complete silence, so make sure the house is quiet to ensure effective working. And don’t expect only to see pages and pages of long hand text in their books. Reading/writing learning works just as well with bullet points, check lists, headings, summaries and descriptions.
4. Kinaesthetic learning
The final learning type is kinaesthetic, which is the act of learning by doing. If your child struggles with their writing or reading, but is active and enjoys ‘doing’ things, then kinaesthetic learning might be perfect for them.
Kinaesthetic learners love to roll up their sleeves and get hands-on with their learning. If you can make learning less about study and more about actual tasks which need completing, then learning achievements can be significant and surprising.
Kinaesthetic learners enjoy drawing and interactive games, or where learning is turned into a physical game.
They are often confident and will jump feet first into a problem to try and solve it by trial and error, learning as they ‘play’.
Math-Whizz has something for all types of learners, but is especially suited for children who love to learn through play and experimentation. The test and reward element to our system builds confidence and the desire to continue learning beyond the recommended three 20 minute interactive sessions a week.
Whatever your children’s preference to, and circumstance with, learning, at Whizz Education want the very best for them. With annual and monthly plans, and a seven day free trial,
Math-Whizz is here to help your child not only recover loss learning in math, but gain confidence and increase their love of math too.