Find your child’s study style
Help your children study by encouraging them to work with their strengths.

Different children learn in different ways and what works for one child doesn't necessarily work for another. Some children can concentrate for hours in class and remember everything the teacher said, while others miss most of the lesson and need to learn from scratch at home. There are those that study best by memorising work while jumping rope, and then others that need clinical silence to get their work done. How can you help your child?

Once you have identified their primary learning style (see "How is your child smart?") there are specific methods that work well for each learning strength. Keep in mind that your child may have a combination of learning strengths and will need to take methods from each for optimal learning.  

Learning style: Logical-mathematical

Children with this learning style love solving problems and coming up with the right answer. They love to do research and discover new information. These children are really good at tests and exams because they enjoy answering questions.

More study tips for logical-mathematical learners.

Learning style: Social-interpersonal

These children are great with people and don't like to work alone. They love to discuss their ideas and work best in groups.

More study tips for social-interpersonal learners.

Learning style: Bodily-kinesthetic (tactile)

Learners with this strength find it very hard to sit still and learn best by using their hands or moving around.

More study tips for bodily-kinesthetic learners.

Learning style: Auditory

Auditory learners remember a lot of what was said in class and prefer listening to information than reading it.

More study tips for auditory learners.

Learning style: Linguistic

These are the "natural" study types. They love reading and studying and learning comes very naturally to them.

More study tips for linguistic learners.

Learning style: Spatial (visual)

Children with this learning strength think in pictures and are sometimes known as having a "photographic memory".

More study tips for spatial learners.

Michelle Minnaar has degrees in Psychology and Education and regularly conducts workshops for teens and parents on topics such as self-esteem, depression, eating disorders, drug abuse and learning problems.


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