Eighth grade student Chandler Thomas will be happy to tell you his grades are going up in math. He says, "Math was hard, but now it's getting easier."
For that to happen, Chandler had to figure out his learning style. Now he knows he is mostly an auditory learner. The Center Directors for the Harrisonburg Sylvan Learning Center is Amy Hudock. She says, "Auditory students are the exact opposite of visual. They're going to hear. They're the people who will sit there and not take any notes in class or they remember a name when they hear it."
Chandler is also a hepatic learner. Hudock continues, "They remember learning about something by actually doing it. Field trips are good. A lab experiment is good. Manipulatives in math, they just need to touch it and move it to make it understandable."
The third style is visual learning. Hudock continues, "They can follow anything that's laid out. They can read through their notes and picture the notes. Anything that goes into their eyes they tend to remember more than other methods."
Hudock says most children aren't an extreme case of one particular style. She says the majority of kids are either a strong combo or a blend of all three. She says, "Each child has all three of these areas in them and every once in a while you get the extremes so just watch for the things that clue you in and work with them and if it needs to change then it can change."
Once you know what kind of learner your child is, you can help them use it to their advantage. For example, if your child is an auditory learner, "talk" through their lessons, and repeat information often. In the long run, kids like Chandler say it's worth it. He says, "I can do it. I know what I'm doing now!"
After you've determined what type of learner your child is, Hudock suggests sharing your observation with your child's teacher.