An auditory learner remembers things that they hear. Your child might be an auditory learner if:
· Child repeats things out loud to self.
· Child easily joins conversations that are in the same room even if they were not a part of the conversation.
· Child remembers words of songs easily.
· Child talks to books when reading and movies when watching.
· Child understands instructions better after they have been read out loud.
A tactile learner remembers things that they can touch or feel. Your child might be a tactile learner if:
· Child constantly has some part of their body moving.
· Child finds it hard to sit still.
· Child enjoys a lot of physical activity.
· Child likes to touch and feel things.
· Child is really good at tinkering and fixing things.
A visual learner remembers things that they see. Your child might be a visual learner if:
· Child remembers things better when they have seen them written down.
· Child is really good at reading maps and charts.
· Child understands instructions better when they can read them to self.
· Child likes a lot of color and design.
· Child can easily recall what they have seen.
It is important to know that each of us use a little of each learning style, but there is usually a dominant style that can be easily detected. When a child’s dominant learning style is known, they can learn the best way to approach a subject to help them learn and remember the material. Also, as a home school parent, you can learn how to teach in a manner that they can understand better.
Tips for Auditory Learners
· Record classroom lectures.
· Review vocabulary words by reading their definitions aloud.
· Verbalize things you want to remember.
· Read aloud whenever possible.
· Study with a friend so you can discuss and hear the information.
· Use familiar songs to help you memorize details by substituting the original words.
· Ask your teacher to repeat something when you don’t understand it.
Tips for Tactile Learners
· Write vocabulary words on an index card and walk around while reciting them.
· Try to act out words or events with simple gestures that will aid your recall.
· Use a highlighter for main ideas in your textbook to allow your hand to keep moving.
· Try studying in different positions, and change positions frequently.
· Take frequent, short breaks and do something that involves light activity.
· Try writing key terms with your finger in the air, on a smooth surface or in the carpet.
· Whenever possible, “do” your assignments, experiments and projects in an active way.
Tips for Visual Learners
· Use a highlighter for main ideas and important facts in your textbook or notes.
· Preview a chapter before reading it by looking at the titles, introductions, subtopics, key terms and conclusion/summary.
· Pay attention to graphs, pictures and charts.
· When listening to a lecture, always look at the speaker.
· Sit close to the front of the classroom with a clear view of the teacher and the board.
· Use graphic note-taking methods such as mapping or time lines.
· Use flashcards to help you isolate and mentally “see” facts and their order.