We all have different strengths and preferences when it comes to how we learn, how we process information, and the techniques that we use to navigate our way through the world. Though there are seven basic styles, we all use a mixture of them, supported by one dominant style. We also tend to use different styles while in different circumstances. There is no right or wrong when it comes to how we learn.
Traditional schooling mainly uses linguistic and logical teaching methods, relying on book-based teaching with repetition to aid memorization and exams for reinforcement and ranking. Unfortunately, this may leave those students who are stronger utilizing the other learning styles struggling, placed in lower classes, and with the belief that they are not as smart as their other classmates. This can be avoided by understanding how your child learns.
Seven learning styles:
Aural (auditory-musical): Prefers using sound and music.
Logical (mathematical): Prefers using logic, reasoning and systems.
Physical (kinesthetic): Prefers using body movements, hands and sense of touch.
Social (interpersonal): Prefers to learn in groups or with other people.
Solitary(intrapersonal): Prefers to work alone and use self-study.
Verbal(linguistic): Prefers using words, both in speech and writing.
Visual (spatial): Prefers using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
Learning styles influences how students learn, but they can also determine the way the way students internalize and understand experiences, the way information is recalled, and even the words they choose when speaking.
If your child is struggling in school, it may be because his personal learning style is not in sync with his teachers teaching style. We can help to identify your child’s learning style and help him with the skills that he needs to better participate in school and become a more active and successful student. By better understanding how your child learns, and by giving him the skills to suit his needs, we can help him to improve the quality and speed of his learning. Give us a call. We’d be happy to talk with you!