Try to remember the time you were still studying.Have you ever had favorite subjects and teachers? And did you have subjects or teachers which you hoped you could have skipped altogether?
Although there are several possible reasons behind such considerations, your learning style may have had a lot to do with the subjects and teachers that you liked and disliked.
Defining learning styles
A learning style refers to a student’s preferred way of learning and remembering ideas. The concept of learning styles operates upon two key ideas. First, people, including young children, prefer one learning method over others. Second, presenting a subject matter in a manner that is suitable for a student’s learning style can make teaching easier and learning faster.
Beyond the classroom, learning styles also have an impact on a person’s life.
Broadly speaking, a visual learner is more likely to be neat and organized. Additionally, visual learners often adhere to a set timeline of completing assigned tasks. Kinesthetic learners, on the other hand, are less organized and are prone to impulsive action.
The different learning styles
The number of learning styles varies depending on whom you speak to. Some experts have identified as many as 71 learning styles.
However, most educators and experts classify people into three types of learners: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners. This is what is called the ‘VAK Learning Model.’
It should be noted that not one person is strictly a visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learner.
Although each student has a preferred or dominant learning style, one can still use other learning styles. However, a student’s preferred learning style is the most dominant among the three, and teachers from one of the best nursery schools take this into account when presenting a new subject in class.
There are also people who prefer a particular learning style for one subject and a different learning style for another subject.
Visual learners tend to excel in art and related activities. They are great at recalling information, especially faces, names, and places. Children who are visual learners are curious about their environment. They learn best when they are provided with concrete examples of a subject matter.
Auditory learners excel in music and other subjects that use sounds. Children who are auditory learners can often be heard singing, humming, or talking when doing a particular activity. They can also follow verbal instructions quite well. Before performing a task, they will listen carefully to the instructions and ask questions when certain things are unclear.
Kinesthetic learners excel in physical activities, especially sports. Children who are kinesthetic learners like to move around, even during classes and prefer working on activities they can physically engage in.
Taking advantage of your child’s learning style
As a parent, you want your child to enjoy success, now and later in life.
By identifying their learning style and taking full advantage of it, you can maximize their ability to learn inside and outside of the classroom.
For example, if your child is struggling in one particular subject, you can teach them that specific subject using their favorite learning style. Or if you want them to learn a topic faster, you can teach them that particular topic at home using different methods which incorporate the other two learning styles.
Finally, if you wish to make your young one better-rounded and limit their struggles, you can help them become more comfortable with other learning styles.
In order to better help your child, it is crucial to determine their dominant learning style. That goal can be attained by communicating with your child’s nursery teachers, and through observation. Look for the patterns outlined above.
If your child is struggling in school or certain subjects, understand that identifying their preferred learning style can help turn things around for them. This will entail a good amount of patience and understanding. But in the end, your efforts to help your young one will pay off eventually.
Alan Williamson is the Chief Education Officer at Kings’ Education, a premium school brand in Dubai which leads a fantastic group of premium UK curriculum schools, including Child’s Play Nursery. As well as being passionate about teaching and learning, Alan has been actively involved in school leadership related to Special Educational Needs.