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Learning Techniques of the Auditory Learner

Some kids are good at writing reports based on what they’ve read, but have a hard time recounting the information from a lecture. These kids are visual learners. The students who can give an accurate account what they’ve heard are auditory learners.  Neither of these learning techniques is right or wrong, but it’s important that the learning style of the student is recognized so that they are given the greatest opportunity to reap the value of the lesson.

How do you know if your child is an auditory learner? There are some education techniques that children use subconsciously that can give the single mom clues.

Does your child sit quietly and read, or do the read aloud, even to themselves?

♦ Auditory learners often read aloud, listening to themselves as they go. They have found that this allows them to understand what they are reading and remember it afterward.

Can your child tell you about the things they have seen or heard.

♦ Auditory learners are great story tellers. They enjoy contributing to discussions and explaining ideas.

Does your child enjoy listening to a lecture more than they enjoy reading a good book?

♦ A verbal recounting of lectures usually comes easy to the child who is an auditory learner. But when they have to brush up later for a test, they may have a hard time studying from the textbook. Ask the instructor if the child can record lectures to use at a later date.

Once the learning techniques of the auditory learner have been identified, speak with the teacher and request that every opportunity is given the child to do well in school. Recognize that the auditory learner is often a social butterfly, and ask that the child be called upon often in class to answer questions to keep them focused on the subject being taught.

Understand that the auditory learner will do better on oral tests than on written exams, and ask if the teacher can vary the types of tests that she gives the class.

When the child is studying written materials or doing homework, play background music. Some schools have started allowing pre-approved music in the classroom to help the children study.

Auditory learners do well in work and study groups. If your child has trouble focusing in homework, encourage him to invite a friend from class over after school to study.

There are three different learning styles, and schools must teach all children, not just the auditory learner. Understand that more time cannot be given to the auditory learner than the visual or kinesthetic learner. By working together as a team, the student, school and involved parent can make sure that each child is given tools to meet the challenge of learning, no matter what learning style they have.

Learning Techniques For The Visual Learner

Learning techniques are helpful because every child has a different learning style. Moms with more than one child may recognize that the teaching tips and techniques that they have mastered for the first born just don’t seem to work with the baby of the family.

Don’t panic, mom. It doesn’t necessarily mean that your child is a slow learner. The most logical explanation is that your child learns in a different way.

There are several types of learning styles. The main types are auditory, physical (kinesthetic) and visual. A visual learner learns new things by watching.

A few clues that parents can use to identify the child as a visual learner can show up early in your child’s development and allow the parent to adapt the learning techniques they use to teach the child. Learn about child development so you are more prepared to help your children succeed in their education.

  • In younger kids, pay attention to how they react to noise. Does it easily distract them? Do they tend to overact to some sounds?
  • Does the child have a hard time speaking to another unless they can see the other person?
  • Visual learners tend to be color oriented. Does your child arrange things by color?
  • Does the child pick up on patterns? Do they point out similarities and differences?
  • Does your child ‘talk with his hands’?

These are all signs pointing to the visual learning style. There are several learning techniques that can be used to help your visual learner succeed once you have discovered their learning style.

Use color as much as possible. Color coded stickers on the chore chart works better than words for younger visual learners.

When speaking to your visual learner, remember that they will have an easier time focusing on you if you speak face to face.

The visual learner can become distracted easily, so keep in mind that written directions have a better chance of being remembered and followed than verbal directions. The tendency to be easily distracted also means that the child will find studying and reading easier in a quiet area.

When the child is old enough to write, provide colored pencils, pens and highlighters. The colors will help the child visualize words so that they are more easily learned.

Colorful illustrations, diagrams and charts are also a tool to help the child visualize lessons so that they are remembered more successfully.

Once your visual learner enters school, make sure that the teacher is aware of what you have discovered about your child’s learning style. This will provide the teacher an early opportunity to use her teaching techniques to play to the learning strengths of your child and help them succeed.