Find Your Child’s Learning StyleMarch 12, 2014
By Lorena Villa Parkman
Helping a child with his or her school chores is usually a challenge for parents. There are many things to address in order to help a child be a well-rounded student: time efficiency, best test-taking strategies, smart study tips, and overall helping your child acquire good academic habits.
But even with all of these skills, your child may still need a head start in school, which you can provide through one simple task: understand how he or she learns.
Figuring out your child’s learning style can make his or her education a better experience. Children have different ways of learning, so when parents know their child's best way to learn, they can help him or her more effectively with homework, tests, and overall academic chores.
Test your child
There are many online resources to determine learning styles. Here are some of the best ones:
- Edutopia’s Learning Styles Quiz
- Education Planner’s Quiz
- Scholastic's Learning Style Quiz
- Babyzone's Learning Style Quiz
Study tips for each learning style
Once your child figures out his or her preferred style, you can create a study plan to help him or her understand concepts better.
- School Family has homework and study tips for each type of learning style.
- About has learning suggestions for each style and lists the worst types of tests for each learner.
- Indiana University’s Bepko Learning Center lists helpful tips for each learning style.
Include your child’s counselor or teacher
It would be great if each teacher could adapt to the different learning styles that each of their students have, but in today’s school system that is almost impossible. However, sharing this information with your child’s teacher might be useful.
When you talk to your child’s counselor or teacher, let him or her know about your child’s preferred learning style and how this can be taken into account when assigning homework or tests.
If it turns out that even after you have pinpointed your child’s learning style, none of the study strategies are helping, you may want to rule out a learning disability. Seek help from his or her teachers, school staff, or your healthcare provider in order to eliminate this possibility.
Remember that information and engagement is the key to successful education. Knowing your child’s learning strength before you begin a study or educational strategy is important for his or her progress.