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Fun Study Techniques and Skills that Match Your Child's Learning Style
Many students lack effective study skills. With so many facts to memorize and subjects to grasp, they feel overwhelmed. Typical schools can make the problem worse by recommending one-size-fits-all study techniques that clash with a student's learning style.
Fortunately, there are effective study techniques and skills no matter what your child's learning needs. The trick is to understand your child's unique way of learning and use techniques that play to his or her strengths.
Here are some examples of creative study techniques that match each different learning style.
Visual Study Techniques
Visual learners need to see something to understand it. They may have trouble listening to a long lecture or remembering information they hear. Instead, they do well with graphs, charts, and pictures. Here are some study tips for visual learners.
- • When reading a text, make outlines and write down key words
- • Play games on an academic skills website
- • Practice math problems on a whiteboard
Auditory Study Techniques
Auditory learners process information best when they hear it. They tend to remember what somebody tells them and enjoy listening to music. They may feel confused by information that is presented too quickly and they prefer to take their time. Here are some techniques for auditory learners.
- • Ask your child questions while his/her eyes are closed
- • Make up a song using facts from your child's history lesson
- • Keep a drumbeat rhythm while reciting the elements on the periodic table
Kinesthetic Study Techniques
Kinesthetic learners process information best when they move their bodies and are doing "hands on" projects. They tend to remember what they learn when they are fully immersed in an experience. Here are some study strategies for kinesthetic learners.
- • Create a room-sized replica of a cell using boxes and/or furniture to represent each part; have your child walk around and discuss what each part of the cell does
- • Act out a dialogue of two famous scientists discussing their theories
- • Analyze a piece of literature while taking a walk through the park
Remember to adapt the techniques to your child, not your child to the techniques. If one set of study techniques isn't working, just choose another. Eventually you will find what works best for your child.
Every student is unique and while one visual learner may like using a whiteboard, another may prefer writing their own outline on paper. Use a variety of techniques to ensure your child stays curious and engaged. If your child is learning in a way that speaks to his or her particular learning style, excelling in school will be a breeze!