It goes without saying that we all learn differently. You may see two children sitting side-by-side listening to their teacher. One is perfectly content to listen to him while the other fidgets. Take those same two children and present visuals, and the child that was previously fidgeting suddenly comes to life while the previously content listener now seems distracted. The reason being is that one of these children is an audio learner and one is a visual learner.
The Three Learning Styles
There are three basic styles of learning. They are visual learning, audio learning, and kinesthetic learning. It is important to know which of these learning styles your child fits into in order to help them learn better.
The Visual Learning Style
Children who learn visually process information that they see. They are able to retain information better when it is presented to them in pictures, graphs, and charts. These children usually love videos and interesting pictures and need to “see” their lessons. They are often good readers and enjoy reading books. You can hand them a textbook and they will be able to go over the information and learn it. They do well in school because the school setting is largely adapted to visual learners.
The Kinesthetic Learning Style
Kinesthetic learners are also referred to as “experience” learners. These learners process information through all of their senses at once. In other words, they learn using all of their senses. They are the ones in class that can never sit still and they love subjects that require action and involvement. You will see them thrive in art class or doing science projects, and they love playing learning games. They are very “hands-on” with everything that they do. They love to listen to highly animated audio while they play with toys. The more senses you can appeal to at once, the better.
The Audio Learning Style
If your child is an audio learner, they process information by hearing it. They likely love music and conversation. While they may not look at you when you talk, they will always be able to miraculously repeat exactly what you said. They often watch educational videos and particularly excel using audiobooks to learn. To an audio learner, everything is a story that they can tell. Audio adventures are as real to them as life is. They retain what they hear.
Children that have an audio learning style are very intelligent, but their grades don’t always reflect it. This is partly due to the fact that the public school system is set up for the visual learner. Most of the information they receive in school is through reading, which is visual. They catch a lot when the teacher gives an oral presentation, but miss out if they read it themselves.
Finding Out If Your Child Is An Audio Learner Can Change Their Life
To an audio learner, reading a book can be challenging and difficult, but listening to the same book can be delightful. The more dramatic the audio production, the better they respond. If you suspect that your child is an audio learner or even a kinesthetic learner, audio learning can help them immensely. Not only will you see them respond to their lessons with enthusiasm, but they can even begin to get better grades. Try audio learning with your child. You just might have found their style.
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