Study Tips For Learning Styles

No two people are the same — we all learn differently. While we may think of studying as a one-size-fits-all approach, it’s important to choose strategies that are particular to your student’s learning style! We can separate learning styles into three distinct groups: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.

Visual learners get the most out of “seeing” the problem. While the classic, textbook-review approach generally works well for this learning style, there are ways to make study time even more productive! If your child is a visual learner, he can better retain information by highlighting important sections of his reading, rewriting sections in his own words, or drawing pictures of the subject he’s studying. If there’s time, it can also help to read ahead in the textbook before going to class. This will help him better connect the dots.

Auditory learners need to hear information to understand it. If your child is an auditory learner, suggest that she talk to herself about the lesson, read her notes out loud, or take time to talk through confusing concepts with you or a friend. She can also act like a teacher and teach you what she’s learning! Unlike visual learners, it’s often better for this learning style to read the material after class, unless it’s required to do the reading beforehand.

Kinesthetic learners need to physically interact with concepts for them to stick. While hands-on experiments are one of the best ways to retain information, there are other methods. Try not to learn while sitting down — get moving! Even sitting on an exercise ball while he reviews his flashcards can be helpful to your kinesthetic learner. It’s also a great idea to go over what he’s learning while you take a walk together or play an active game outside!

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