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Students do better in school if they understand how they best learn. Some need to see a demonstration to learn something new. Others need to read about it and study illustrations in a book. A few people just need for someone to tell them how. Most people, however, need to actually do somethin...

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Study Strategies that Match Your Child’s Learning Style

Posted by: Livia McCoy on Mar 08, 2011 in School Success, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning


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Boy StudyingStudents do better in school if they understand how they best learn. Some need to see a demonstration to learn something new. Others need to read about it and study illustrations in a book. A few people just need for someone to tell them how. Most people, however, need to actually do something with their hands and use their muscles in order to learn.

If you think about learning something like how to shoot a free throw, it’s obvious that nothing else will work except for shooting many free throws and experimenting with what works best. For other things it is not so obvious—like learning how to read.

Students who struggle in school need to figure out what helps them learn. Once they understand themselves better, they can learn how to take what they are learning and make it fit into a style that works for them. For me, I need to read about what I am trying to learn. Then I need to hear someone explain it. Then later, I have to write summary notes. It is when I write the summary notes that the learning becomes real. I need the entire process, too. If something gets left out, then I will not remember it for long.

Helping students understand how they learn best can be the key to academic success. There is a fantastic article on learning styles that includes how to incorporate a student’s learning style into homework strategies that work. There is a simple learning styles quiz that is great to use with young students. Also, check out the learning styles inventory at VARK—A Guide to Learning Styles. It is an interesting one, and it’s also free! This inventory includes a learning style called “read-write” that most do not.

When I use learning styles inventories (quizzes) with my students I like to ask them whether they agree with what they find out. Sometimes, children already know a lot about how they learn best. The websites above may help you to come up with some new strategies to try that match your child’s learning style.

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    Posted by LiviaMcCoy on Mar. 23, 2011

    Thank you Phyllis and K5 Learning for your excellent comments. What I continue to work on (as a teacher) is realizing that just because something works for me, it does not necessarily mean it will work for one of my students. There are times when my students do something really unusual that works! One example that comes to mind is a student who created a dance to help him study for a test. I asked him to show it to me and it was so unique! He made an excellent grade on the exam.
  2. Posted by - Phyllis on Mar. 18, 2011

    I agree that it is extremely helpful for both the parent and the child to understand the different ways people learn and to identify the combination that works best for each child.

    For most people, it is the combination of visual, auditory and kinesthetic that packs the biggest punch and ensures that the information is fully learned.
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    Posted by K5 Learning on Mar. 08, 2011

    Children also differ in how effectively they work in different types of environments. Some children learn better without the distractions of personal contact.

    Multimedia learning may be particularly effective for visual and auditory learners and offers flexibility in meeting the needs of a variety of learners. This is particularly important for parents who deal with inattention, distractibility, impulsivity and hyperactivity, among other behaviors.

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