It’s an age-old tug-of-war: teachers grapple with ‘how to teach’ and students struggle with ‘how to learn’. A few years ago, teachers taught us English by reading and writing, while Science was taught in a different way. Do you still remember the mnemonic used to learn the nine planets: My Very Educated Mother Just Showed Us Nine Planets.
However, teachers have their own way of teaching, and a disconnect is found when a student’s art of learning style doesn’t match the teachers’ method. Even your own learning method might be different from that of your child.
A recent study that we conducted looked at the different learning methods that students (aged between 10 and 13) adapt to grasp a concept. The results showed that only 60% of the 7th graders know the different methods of learning. Learning methods are extremely critical and understanding your child’s preferred way of learning will help you connect and engage with your child in a better way.
Styles and methods
Your child’s learning methods might be:
- Visual (Children grasp things better if presented pictorially)
- Auditory (They learn when things are communicated verbally)
- Kinesthetic (Children learn best by working in groups and from practical activities)
What happens when you don’t know your child’s learning method?
- Your home turns into a war zone because of homework.
- Your child may not even be performing to the best of his/her abilities.
- Children might have low self-confidence, resulting in poor academic performance.
Here’s what you can do: Teach to your kid’s style
Knowing the best way to connect to your children will help you capitalize on their strengths and minimize their weakness. Understanding their style of learning will help you provide the best opportunities for your children.
- This will also reduce homework frustration and help you communicate with your child easily.
- Our study has also shown that children who use the learning technique that best suits them win more awards.
- Their leadership qualities also develop.