We each have our own way of learning. Someone takes notes, others draw maps, others read aloud or walk with a book in their hands. Some of us leave learning until the last minute. Most practice memorization over several days and consolidate knowledge before going to bed. But which of the above methods works best?
In information processing, a combination of all the senses is used, while there is always one dominant. So, let’s find out which feeling dominates your child in order to improve the school process. Is your student visual, kinesthetic or auditory?
Visual learner, auditory learner, or kinesthetic learner?
How to find out which perception dominates in a child? There are three main, most accurate ways:
1. Make colorful notes with your child for the next lesson – if they interest him and it is easy for the student to learn from them, this will give a hint that you are working with the visual.
2. Write or speak out loud. You say it is repeated by the child. He says you continue the sentence. Writes, listens, repeats and reads aloud, subsequently getting positive grades in school quite easily – these are typical signs of auditory.
3. Learn on the go – multiplication table on the go – why not? Does the child walk around the table, learning a rhyme? Before you is a typical kinesthetic.
Visual or visual way of memorizing a student
A visual is the person who makes the most use of sight while learning. He needs to take notes, draw, study by looking at his notes. During a response at school, he may recall written lines or present a diagram he has drawn up.
Such a student thinks in pictures, remembers faces well, has a vivid imagination, loves order, pays attention to the details of the environment. He excels in subjects related to graphics and spreadsheets.
The visual appreciates beautiful surroundings and loves things that are pleasing to the eye. It may sound funny, but it’s important for a visual to have a pen that they like and a notebook cover that pleases the eye. So if your child insists on a certain style of school supplies, don’t let it go. Aesthetics for the visual is of great importance.
The visual should underline, circle, and mark in order to better remember the information. Buy colored markers, beautiful crayons – let him make notes, note the most important. Make infographics, diagrams, mind maps.
Auditory, sound or auditory memory in a child
The auditory person talks a lot, loves conversations and never gets tired of them. It seems that all the audio books and radio plays in the world were created just for him. A child with a developed auditory memory reads aloud, pays attention to sounds, is easily distracted by extraneous noises. A characteristic of the auditory listener is that he is always listening, even if he seems to be focused on something else.
One image is not enough for the listener, it is important for him to hear in order to create his own story. “Hearing” students quickly memorize poems and rare long names, easily pick up rhymes, do not refuse to listen to lectures and gladly accept the offer to participate in the choir.
An important advantage is the use of his own associations, however, he will not be easy with tasks that require visual perception.
Compose verses from spelling rules, write down and repeat aloud, rhyme and sing definitions. Use audiobooks to have him tell you what he’s reading. This will make learning fast and efficient.
Developed motor or kinesthetic memory in schoolchildren
This is perhaps the most “difficult” person due to the limitations in the education system. The student is expected to sit still, listen carefully and take careful notes. Meanwhile, for kinesthetic learners, the best form of learning is touch and movement.
He is great in a number of projects where you need to act, and not sit still. For example, find material, use it, make a poster, a diagram, glue something and arrange it.
A kinesthetic child likes to gesticulate, shows a lot of emotions, fidgets when reading, often changes position when writing. Kinesthetic is impossible to ignore.
The child will happily go to the fine arts or physical education. But don’t worry. He will be good in other subjects as well, until we remind him of the impossible – to sit still.
Role play while you learn. Throw the ball in training – how much is 2×2? The child responds and throws the ball away. Are you setting the dinner table? A great time to remember a few spelling rules.
While walking, repeat a poem or words in English. Do not interfere with dangling your feet while repeating the material, or tapping with a pencil, so the kinesthetic is concentrated.
Improve your child’s learning process
After determining the best way to memorize, the time allotted for school lessons is significantly reduced. A child with developed auditory perception can write down a rule 100 times and not remember until he repeats it aloud. Everyone learns differently and the most important thing for a student of any class is to understand as quickly as possible which method is most productive.