Einstein once said that if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree,
it will live its whole life thinking that it’s a failure. The same
goes for academics. Students learn and process information differently
and if your child doesn’t process information in the way that it
is presented in the classroom, they too may think that they’re a failure.
What if all your child needs to do is to learn to convert information into
a format that they can process easily? Sure, you can put the onus on the
teacher to present the information in different ways, but with crowded
classrooms and so many different learning styles, it’s impossible
to fulfill everyone’s needs.
Luckily, help is at hand. Start by determining what kind of learner your
child is. Most children have a preference for one kind of learning but
can manage a mix of styles.
These kinds of learners like videos, pictures, charts, infographics and
information displayed in a visual medium. When presenting information or new concepts, search for educational videos
on the internet or explain using graphs, charts and drawings.
These kinds of learners can really benefit from creating mind maps when
they are studying. You can also ask them to record their lectures and
experiments so that they can watch these again when preparing for exams.
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Good listeners, these students like to attend lectures and can benefit
from reading aloud when they study. They can download webinars and podcasts
from the internet and will do well in more traditional classrooms settings.
They like to talk and discuss so don’t stick them in front of a
textbook when they are learning. Let them explain things to you and talk
about topics that might come up in exams
Auditory learners will benefit from recording their lectures and lessons.
Motion learning and lessons that involve action are the best way to teach
these kinds of learners. They like to do experiments, make observations
and record their findings. They are great with measuring and field trips
and love to build models. If, for example, you are teaching geometry to
tactile learners, get them to measure angles on their desk and find missing values.
If you aren’t sure what kind of learner your child is, then ask your
tutor to help. They can test your child to find their learning style and
then present information in a way that makes it easy for your child to
understand. Tutors can also teach your child the study methods and skills
they need to convert information into usable formats so that they can
continue to study on their own. You can search for a tutor near you
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