Recognizing preferred learning styles can be tricky!
We have included a list of characteristics of the many different learning styles so you can see what category your child falls under , and given several ideas on how to help them thrive.
Characteristics of Auditory Learners:
Learn best through verbal lectures, discussion, talking things through, and listening to what others have to say
Seldom takes notes or writes things down
Often repeats what has just been said
Talks to self
Hums or talks to himself/herself or others when bored
Acquires knowledge by reading aloud
Characteristics of Visual Learners:
Like and understands charts
Like to read
Would rather watch than talk or do
Like to doodle on their paper
Characteristics of Kinesthetic Learners:
Wiggle, tap their feet, move their legs when sitting.
Good with tools and drawing
Have a good sense of timing and body movement
Enjoys learning with manipulatives
Need to be active and take frequent breaks
Doodle on paper while processing information
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My child’s prefered learning style:
Study Tips for different learning styles:
Auditory Style Study Tips
Study in groups and talk things out
Get a small tape recorder
Record lectures, tutoring and study groups (makes a verbal record for review)
Reduce lecture notes to main ideas (3:1) and put them on tape
Read texts out loud or into recorder
Listen to lecture/text tapes while driving
Dictate papers, to be typed later
Read questions aloud
Work out problems aloud
Sit in the front of the class
Learn by participating in class discussions and debates
Make speeches and presentations
Create musical jingles or mnemonics to aid memorization
Use verbal analogies and storytelling to demonstrate your point
Read explanations out loud
To learn a sequence of steps, write them out in sentences, then read them aloud
Explain ideas to other people
Recite, recite, recite
Discuss your ideas verbally whenever possible, even if you’re having a conversation with yourself!
Kinesthetic Style Study Tips
Let them move when possible. If you were quizzing a student on sight words, for example, you could place flash cards around the room and let them move to the word that you say.
Draw charts or diagrams of relationships.
Use a silly pointer for them to guide their reading.
Write, copy, underline and highlight with bright colors.
Trace spelling words and facts to aid in memory.
Retype notes on the computer.
Mold models out of clay
Work in a standing position
Brainstorm while walking
Chew a different flavor of gum with each subject you study.
Hold silly putty in one hand to manipulate while studying.
Use musical rhythms for memorization patterns.
Rearrange items physically by moving flashcards around.
Act things out (use gestures)
Visual Style Study Tips
Take lecture notes
Underline, highlight, or circle printed material
Borrow others’ notes, compare to own
Draw pictures in notes to illustrate ideas
Use a variety of colors-in pens, highlighters, note cards, etc. for different categories or concepts
After reading, review notes or underlined material to reinforce learning
Write it out!
Use outlines, pictures, graphs, charts and diagrams
Use a plastic cover with erasable markers to label diagrams over and over, or to test yourself writing answers to questions
Visualize spelling of words or facts to be memorized
Test yourself by visualizing main ideas or questions and write the details or answers
Read black and white text and convert information into pictures, maps, diagrams, sketches, lists, etc.
Make mind maps to look at spatial relationships
Rewrite or redraw things from memory
Look at professors and others when they talk to help you focus and to pick up on body language
Make and use flashcards for studying (vocabulary, formulas, condensed notes, etc.)
Use computers to organize material and to create graphs, tables, charts
Study in a quiet place away from verbal disturbances
Make your study area visually appealing