When I was in Primary school, my father would get really exasperated with me because I would squirm and fidget when doing my math homework, I would be careless and somehow no matter how hard I tried I always end up not focusing. In addition to all, that I am distracted and I needed to listen to music while I was studying. I can’t seem to remember vocabulary or how words are spelled unless I had my headphones on.
Your child’s method of studying drives you crazy…
My father used to think I did that on purpose and was not serious about my studies. It drove her crazy and she insisted that I take off my headphones and sit still while I was doing my work. Concentrate!! Concentrate!! She would yell at me each time.
Is that a familiar scene in your home? Well, I think you will be glad to know that if your child does that he is not goofing off or trying to drive you up the wall. In fact he is merely using strategies to help him learn better.
How to identify your child’s learning style?
First of all you need to understand the different types of learning modalities. There are basically three: -
Parents pay attention!
Does your child express him or herself though facial expressions, words or body language? For example, while helping them with a project for school like building a volcano, when you are explaining how to build it: -
So now that you know how to identify your child’s learning style, what next?
You can help them base on how they learn.
If your child learns best by listening, you should try methods of teaching that involve reading out loud to them, talking and engaging them in conversations and discussion, music, and perhaps by oral drill. Example: - To teach them how to multiply you might, quiz them out orally by asking “what is 4 times 6” or even spelling a word out loud.
When helping your child learn, use written methods or visual methods, letting them watch a documentary or writing down problems and solutions. Perhaps even making charts, graphs, and diagrams, when teaching them.
Your child will learn best when they are using their body or hands to touch. Use methods that involve physical activity, muscle movement and hands-on projects.
About the Author
Kopi Soh has a MA in Psychology, Specializing in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling. Her area of specialty is in working with children, adolescents, couples and families. She is also an artist and has published two self-help best sellers distributed by MPH, available in all bookstores throughout Malaysia.