When we begin delving into learning styles, the first thing we want to know is what style is my child? It’s a good thing to know, because once we recognize our child’s learning superpowers, we can help him harness that energy. Suddenly, learning is much easier and a whole lot more fun for everyone. It’s pretty easy to find the visual and auditory learners — they are the “good students.” Our traditional educational models favor reading and listening to explanations, so the visual and auditory learners are the “good students.” They are voracious readers or they are the first to ask questions and remember your answers. Since they get instant gratification — we buy them more books and we answer their questions — they are non-stop learning machines from toddlerhood on. And then there are the kinesthetic learners. Poor guys, they are so misunderstood. They frustrate us in their insistence to march (literally) to their own beat, and they frustrate themselves with their inability to fit into the school mold (even in homeschooling). So they get labeled more easily …
We often think about learning style as it applies to our students – how can we make our students learn and retain more. But I’ve found the surprising secret: learning style unlocks the keys to some of my child’s deepest mysteries!
While you may be giving gentle reminders and encouragement to your high school freshman, by the senior year your student should be applying his own learning style and studying on his own successfully. Here are some ways many high school students and adults apply their learning style independently.
Now our students are showing a clear preference for one or two learning styles. That’s good, because more likely than not, one or two of his subjects is feeling a little more difficult, too. It is time to start teaching to his strengths and helping him use his own favorite learning style to its fullest advantage.
Though your young elementary student still enjoys using all the learning styles, he is going to begin showing one or two preferences over the next couple years. That’s good news, because it gives you clues how to keep learning fun during the tough assignments.