Things get so much easier once you find your child's learning style. You may have a child that can't sit still in class or wants some background noise while they do homework.
It may seem like your child is trying to avoid learning, but imagine this - he or she is using their preferred learning style. “I like to study while listening to music," said John P, a student whose sister cannot even begin to think that way.
Pat Wyman, college professor and best selling author, knows that educators understand a one-size fits all classroom is not best for every student. Her courses teach teachers and parents how to find your child's learning style and there is a FREE Personal Learning Styles Quiz on the home page of the HowtoLearn.com site.
Harvard University Medical School recently held a full day on 'how to learn' knowing that students need to understand this concept.
Materials that are taught in certain medical school courses are often outdated before students graduate and they need to add higher order critical thinking skills and learn 'how to learn', something Wyman has been advocating for years.
It's critical to understand how to find your child's learning style and know what the three basic learning styles are. They are the visual learning style, auditory learning style and kinesthetic learning style.
Visual learners tend to think in pictures and talk as if using camera language, saying things like, "I see." Auditory learners learn best by hearing and can easily talk about most of what they learned. Kinesthetic learners tend to be more hands-on and want to interact with their learning. Wyman sees a clear mis-match in the way that most students learn and how they are tested in school, because they take their tests in writing.
"Written tests automatically cater to high visul learners. When students think in pictures, neuroscience says that recall is much faster than saying or reading things word by word," Wyman writes in her books and teaches in her courses. "Therefore, students who use the auditory learning style or the kinesthetic learning style are at a distinct disadvantage if they don't know specific strategies for taking written tests in the same way that a high visual learner does.
Once you find your child's learning style you can do two things: adapt activities to suit the learning style when possible, and add visual learning strategies to help make your child or student more successful in school.
Wyman writes about this in several of her books including the Instant Learning for Amazing Grades complete 14 day study skills system using learning styles strategies, (for students in grades 1-9) and Amazing Grades: 101 Best Ways to Improve Your Grades Faster for high school and college students.
"High visual students think in pictures and when they read, they turn all the letters into a movie in their mind. If you help your auditory or kinesthetic child learn how to do this, reading will be faster and recall much easier during written tests," says Wyman.
Pat Wyman is a college professor and founder of HowtoLearn.com. She is an expert in neuroscience and how the brain learns as well as a reading specialist and learning expert. Her best-selling books include Instant Learning for Amazing Grades; Amazing Grades: Spelling Made Easy: Learn Your Words in HALF the Time!; Math Facts Made Easy: Learn All Your Facts in HALF the Time!; and Vocabulary Made Easy.
Take the FREE Learning Style Quiz on the home page at HowtoLearn.com and find your child's learning style.
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