Don’t panic if your son has trouble spelling or your daughter can’t sit still during class. It may be that he or she simply has a different learning style. Every child learns in a slightly different way, experts say, and figuring out your child’s learning style can help assure academic success. In some cases, it may even help do away with labels, like “attention deficit disorder (ADD)” and “learning disabled (LD).”
Learning style is a term that refers to different ways we learn, process and retain information. Have you ever wondered what’s yours and your child’s learning style?
Research shows that there are 3 types of learning styles:
As the name suggest, Visual learners learn through observation. They need to be able to see, visualise and illustrate their knowledge. For example, a visual learner will grasp a new math concept quicker by watching the teacher solve a problem on the blackboard or seeing a picture of the problem. Map mapping is particularly useful for visual learners.
Auditory learners learn through listening to what others say and talking about what they’re learning. They prefer to have things explained orally and may have trouble with written instructions. Ever heard people talking to themselves or reciting their notes out verbally while studying? They are most probably auditory learners.
Kinesthetic learners learn best through hands on activities and movement. They want to actually do whatever is being talked or learned about. They tend to be more animated in their speech and like to touch things in order to learn about them. These types of learners can be misdiagnosed as ADHD or as troublemakers because the traditional visual or auditory learning styles doesn’t work for them.
So what’s yours or your child’s learning style? The key to your child’s giftedness may just lie in knowing his style to bring out the best within.
By Laurel Tan
Let’s Gogh Art Right Brain Art Program incorprates activities and projects of all 3 learning styles to interest your child. Children of a particular style may tend to want to spend more time on a particular activity. Instructors are trained to allow different children to ‘play’ in their dominant learning style to maximise their learning capacity.