Researchers such as Howard Gardner have suggested what some parents have long suspected: There are very different learning styles and students learn in different ways.
- The spatial/visual learner learns from what is seen, especially diagrams and pictures.
- The linguistic learner remembers what is read or spoken. They usually perform well in traditional academic settings that emphasize reading.
- The logical-mathematical learner is good at logical puzzles and mathematical operations.
- The kinesthetic learner learns from handling things or acting them out. Using flashcards or physical models of something or acting out an event in science or history works well with such a student.
- The interpersonal learner is extroverted and sensitive to the feelings of others and learns well in a group setting.
- The intrapersonal learner may be more introspective, and reflective, preferring to work alone with his/her own goals.
- The musical learner is more attuned (no pun intended) to the rhythms of words, and can often benefit from learning jingles or developing raps to memorize facts and dates.
Of course, some students may have strengths in more than one area. Good teachers are sensitive to the different learning needs of students, and often offer assignments that provide opportunities to several types of learners. Parents should follow their students’ assignments to make sure their child’s learning style needs are being addressed. Advantage Learning Center has considerable experience dealing with students’ different learning styles. Contact us today for a consultation.