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How Does My Child Learn Best?

06/17/2014 09:00AM, Published by Hood Magazine, Categories: Education, Parenting, Today


Photo courtesy of Kristi Shanks Photography



By Stephanie Spaan, Excel Achievement

To learn best, linguistic learners usually:

  • Prefer a quiet low-energy space to study
  • Will need to make lists to stay organized
  • Will benefit from instruction on note-taking and essay writing
  • Can learn math best by knowing terms, what they mean, and how they apply
  • When studying for tests, writing will help the information to stay in his/her long-term memory. This can be in the form of flash cards, writing lists, or making an outline.
  • Benefit from using quizzing programs like Quizlet on the computer
  • Use acrostic poems or mnemonic devices
  • Put information in alphabetical order

 

To learn best, logistical-mathematical learners usually:

  • Prefer a quiet low-energy space to study
  • Like to make a strategic plan to study
  • Flashcards are a terrific technique for learning
  • May need assistance with organizational skills and time management
  • Prefer multiple choice tests to essay tests, so specific strategies for essay writing are useful
  • Excel in competitions having to do with math and/or logical thinking

 

To learn best, kinesthetic learners usually:

  • Prefer music or background noise while studying
  • Prefer to move around while studying
  • Need frequent breaks while studying
  • Prefer a hands-on approach to learning
  • Benefit from using games and talking it out to help information  stay in this learners long-term memory
  • Prefer to work in groups
  • Talking about and “teaching back” information help you to retain information.
  • Respond best to specific praise
  • Do well in a competitive learning environment
  • Prefer reading short text such as magazines and will read informational text

 

To learn best, visual-spatial learners usually:

  • Prefer music or background noise while studying
  • Prefer to study on a bed or couch instead of at a desk
  • Need frequent breaks while studying
  • Flashcards rarely work
  • Need assistance with organizational skills and time management
  • Benefit from using games and talking it out to help information  stay in your long-term memory
  • Prefer to work in groups
  • Talk about and “teach back” information to retain information
  • Respond best to specific praise
  • Timed tests are ineffective
 
To learn best, nature learners usually:
  • Prefer a calm environment while studying (This may or may not include music or background noise)
  • Prefer to study alone
  • Need occasional breaks while studying
  • Prefer a hands-on approach to learning
  • Respond best to specific praise
  • Prefer reading books that pertain to nature
  • Need to be treated in a mature and matter of fact manner

 

To learn best, musical learners usually:

  • Prefer noise in the background while studying
  • Need occasional breaks while studying
  • Prefer a hands-on approach to learning
  • Respond best to specific praise
  • Will learn by putting concepts to song or rhyme
  • Need quite a bit of validation to thoughts and ideas
  • Make connections to emotion to retain information
  • Need to talk and teach back concepts to retain information








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