Find out your child’s learning style!

Something we focus on early and often throughout our program is making sure our students understand the process of learning. If a student becomes aware of their learning style, it can make school dramatically easier. There are three distinct learning styles we identify and cater to. The three learning styles are auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. The first two learning styles are more commonly known, but the third is not. Coincidently, most children with learning difficulties have a preference for kinesthetic. Also, kinesthetic is the least commonly taught way to learning in school systems. Throughout this article, I will explain the three in greater detail and give some tips on how to identify which learning style type you child responds to best.

Something we focus on early and often throughout our program is making sure our students understand the process of learning. If a student becomes aware of their learning style, it can make school dramatically easier. There are three distinct learning styles we identify and cater to. The three learning styles are auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. The first two learning styles are more commonly known, but the third is not. Coincidently, most children with learning difficulties have a preference for kinesthetic. Also, kinesthetic is the least commonly taught way to learning in school systems. Throughout this article, I will explain the three in greater detail and give some tips on how to identify which learning style type you child responds to best.

The first learning style, auditory, is the ability to hear instructions or information and comprehend it fully. This style is best suited for lectures.
Here are some questions to ask yourself to see if your child prefers auditory:
  • Does your child enjoy musical or rhythmic activities?
  • Is your child a talker and is seldom quiet?
  • Can your child remember details from a conversation?
  • Does your child have poor handwriting?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, your child could have a preference for auditory learning.

Usually, a teacher doesn’t just stand up at a podium and lecture at the class, which leads into the second learning style, visual. This type of learning requires the information to be visually written out on a board or piece of paper.
Here are some questions to ask yourself to see if you child prefers visual learning:
  • Can you child often recall where he/she saw something a long time ago?
  • Does your child have a tendency to watch your face intently when being read to or spoken to?
  • Does he/she like things neat and orderly?
  • Does your child notice details?
  • Are they good at finding things that are lost?
Auditory and visual are the two types of learning styles that are typically taught in most subjects in school.

The third learning style, kinesthetic, is when the child has to physically touch something to better understand how it works. In mathematics, this may mean they need to physically count something and then take away the items they are subtracting. If your child has a tendency to prefer kinesthetic learning, it could be one of many dyslexia symptoms. This learning style is taught a lot when children are younger but, it is taught less in middle school and even less in high school and college.

Here are some questions to ask to see if your child prefers kinesthetic learning:
  • Does your child learn by doing and exploring the environment?
  • Do they often respond better when shown how rather than given instructions?
  • Is your child quite well coordinated?
  • Do they enjoy doing things with their hands?
  • Are they often quite literally a “mover” and considered hyperactive?
If a teacher is teaching in the learning style not suited for a child, the child can become easily distracted. People usually have a preference as to which learning style they like to learn and once you figure it out, you will know which way learning will be easiest. People don’t realize that the style in which they prefer to learn is also the way they typically teach. So by becoming aware of your learning style and the ones closest to you, it can make homework and difficult subjects easier to teach and learn.

Our program teaches children how to learn in every way. Our neurotherapy actually rewires the brain and builds the connections needed to learn in all styles. We are a learning focused program. We are the only Kansas City tutoring program that focuses on solutions to the learning problem, as opposed to focusing on specific subjects. Our program is full of fun, simple exercises that build new neuron connections that greatly benefit children scholastically. The best thing about our program is that it is not just more schoolwork-type exercises. We hear all the time how our exercises don’t feel like schoolwork, so the kids actually enjoy them.

Figuring out your child’s learning style can help you and your child greatly when it comes to schoolwork. It is also important to know that even though your child has a preference for one style; it doesn’t mean they cannot also learn through the other learning styles. We see kids all the time that can already learn in all three styles. Every child is different, but they all hold the capacity to learn in all styles.


If you would like more details about our learning focused program, please contact us to schedule a learning assessment.

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