Too very often, children are misunderstood and end up underperforming because parents and teachers don’t know how to deal with them, addressing the child’s learning style.
Let’s face it; our education system shows a great deal of bias when it comes to skill and cognitive development of students. Teaching can not be a one size fits all programme. There are things you as a parent can do to supplement the learning process and arming yourself with all the necessary tools and information to help your child.
Understanding the human brain is of vital importance.
The left side of the brain controls logical thinking. Like Maths and facts.
The right side of the brain controls visuals, imagination and feelings.
It depends on which side of the brain is most dominant in your child. Some learners learn best through pictures (visual learners). Others though listening (auditory learners). Some are more hands-on learners (they have to be physically involved for them to learn)
Howard Gardner, a Harvard professor, did research that came out some of the following classic learning styles to help us understand the different learning styles.
The Linguistic learner
The most common type of learner, might not be really since this type of learning is the one imposed on students in schools. This learner learns best by reading, writing, listening or speaking. For example, this learner would have to read something, internalise it and then write it down from their brain. They also tend to talk about it, reciting what they have learned.
The Logical/Mathematical Learner
They must classify or categorise things. Patterns, relationships, numbers and equations are a walk in the park for them. These are your future engineers, mathematicians, scientists and other technical professions. They are useful in problem-solving.
The Visual or Spatial Learner
These learners learn best with the aids of visual aid. Pictures, diagrams and graphs are precisely what they need. Almost like logical learners, they tend to enter technically-oriented and engineering fields. Your child would have a great future in IT and computer programming since computers are conceptual.
The Musical or Rhythmic Learner
Learns using melody or rhythm. Most likely to be a musician, learning how to play by listening to a piece of music. Can be a learner who learns best when humming, whistling, toe-tapping, tapping their pencil on the desk, wiggling, or listening to music in the background. Music, for them, is not a distraction but helps with the learning process.
The naturalist learns by working with and experiencing nature. Best capture information or knowledge through experimentation.
The Physical or Kinaesthetic learner
They need to get their hands dirty! They need to interact with the objects around them. According to FamilyEducation.com jobs like those in the arts, manufacturing or creative fields are ideal for these learners.
The Interpersonal Learner
Relating to others is how they learn. They share stories and ideas, work best in teams. Mostly found in fields of psychology and social sciences.
The Intrapersonal Learner
Works and learns best when they are alone. Self-motivated and often introverts. They tend to enter creative fields and become entrepreneurs.