Stephen was squirming around in his seat, praying he was anywhere else but in school learning and testing all the time.

He was having trouble paying attention – again!  The teacher talked so fast and he agonized over the inevitable – another history test…and another low grade!

It would probably be a D or an F this time and he already felt the angry tones from his parents and snickers from his classmates.  He held his breath when the teacher gave him back his paper.  The big red D stood out so much he felt like it was tattooed on his forehead for everyone to see.

learning and testingHe was almost sick to his stomach.

He walked home slowly and hoped his parents wouldn’t ask about the test.  But they did.  They yelled and asked him what was wrong with him, and he knew he’d be grounded for the millionth time.

Then he would do what he always did when he got home after a test– slam the door to his room, shut himself off from everyone and wonder when his tears would stop.  He felt so alone.

“What is wrong with me?” he wondered aloud.  “I have to be the dumbest kid on earth.   I was in class every day this time and read the same chapter at least three times. This learning and testing business is impossible for me.

I was so sure I knew this stuff and I still got the lowest grade in the class.  I wonder what would happen if I just quit school altogether?  Why should I even try anymore?  Even my best friend laughs at me.”

Stephen didn’t want anyone else to know how hard he’d tried and how many times he read the history chapter.  He made his decision that night.

He’d just stop reading learning and testing.

That way nobody could accuse him of not knowing the material; he couldn’t possibly be expected to know something he hadn’t read.

What Stephen and his parents didn’t know is that adding one simple strategy to his unique learning style, and doing a few easy, learning-related vision exercises would have saved him (and his parents) years of anguish.

Read on to find out how to bridge the gap between learning and testing.

By now you’ve probably discovered, by taking the Learning Styles Quiz that your child prefers to learn in one of three styles – visual, auditory, or kinesthetic/tactile.

And some of you may have discovered that your child scored fairly equally in all three styles.  (More about this later).

Just as I did, you’ll want to know what your child’s learning style means and how it’s hidden power can it be tapped to give your child a significant learning advantage in school as well as greater success in life.

We share a lot in common because I am a parent who used this powerful information and you’ll get the benefit of my 30 years’ experience.  I was also a classroom teacher, a school administrator intern and a frazzled “mom” with a “kinesthetic”, physical learner son who tested my every limit but was always my inspiration to learn more…

My own two children have very different learning styles.  My daughter, Erin, is primarily an auditory-visual learner, and my son, J.P., prefers to learn nearly everything in a physical, kinesthetic style.  I’ve been using the learning styles information I’m about to share with you to help them (and thousands of other children and adults) accelerate their achievement through all their school years and beyond.

Once your child uses this information, you’ll be as proud as I am of my children and what they’ve accomplished.  Erin is now a Pediatrician and a neonatology fellow, and J.P. is graduated from one of the top universities in the country, now helping special needs kids and studying to be a teacher. (Good thing I can say this because it shows you just how powerful this information can be)!


If your child is struggling in school with learning and testing, and you’ve tried “everything”, there’s hope!  I know firsthand, that a busy parent and child may want more time to implement the visual learning strategies that make all the difference in bridging the gap between learning and testing.

Pat Wyman Pat Wyman is a best selling author, founder of and a university instructor.  Her books, Learning vs. Testing and Instant Learning for Amazing Grades contain learning styles strategies that solve the learning and testing problems children struggle with. She teaches faster learning strategies in all areas and is an expert on learning and testing.

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