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What is Your Son or Daughter’s Learning Style?

Children learn in different ways, and you can help your child succeed in school this year by exploring how he or she learns best.

When you know what that learning style is, you’ll be able to better-help your child to develop effective study habits that will go with him or her from K-12 and beyond.

Social Vs. Independent Learners
Some children learn best when they have a peer, a teacher, a tutor, or a parent working alongside them, while other children learn best when they study quietly or privately.

If your child is a social learner, he or she may enjoy talking with you about what he or she is learning. Your son or daughter might also enjoy sharing ideas (“light bulb moments”) with you. Independent learners, by contrast, may enjoy spending time alone, and may not need outside help to stay focused on the task at hand.

If your son or daughter is a social learner, study groups, tutors, and one-on-one time with you will make studying more efficient and enjoyable for him or her. On the other hand, if your child is an independent learner, he or she might need a quieter, more private study environment.

Visual, Aural, Verbal, Physical, and Logical Learners
Have you noticed that your child learns better with images than with spoken words, or that your child learns better when information is read aloud to him or her than when he or she reads the same passage silently?

It’s perfectly normal for your child to learn better in some ways than in others, and there’s no “right” or “wrong learning style. We’ll spend the next few days helping you understand five learning styles and how to leverage them to help your child in school.

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