Understanding Your Child’s Learning Style

Bring out the best in your child’s academic abilities by identifying the way that they learn…

Did you know that there are different learning styles and each child has their own preferred method of learning? By understanding the three main learning styles, parents will be able to recognise how their child best processes information. This can help with choosing the most suitable tools and activities to aid their child’s learning and bring out their greatest strengths. 

Schools aim to incorporate the three main learning styles into lessons by creating a number of practical hands-on tasks, as well as using interactive whiteboards and roleplay activities.

To help you identify your child’s individual learning style and discover their most successful educational methods, Taunton School have provided the following information and advice…

What are the three main learning styles?

Each learning style relates to the senses that children use when learning. For example, seeing, feeling and hearing. Read through the three main learning styles below and see if you can identify which one matches your child’s method of learning…

Visual learner

Visual learners like to be able to see what they are learning through the use of pictures or diagrams. This type of learner benefits from having instructions demonstrated to them, or watching instructional videos. They are also particularly good at remembering things that they have seen.

When teaching visual learners it is a good idea to have pens and paper available, as they like to write things down and draw whilst listening. It is also beneficial to visit museums and art galleries with your child to enhance their learning experience.

Kinaesthetic or Tactile learner

Kinaesthetic learners process information well through hands-on activities. They want to touch and feel whilst they are learning and they may also like to learn through movement.

You may notice that this type of leaner will move around whilst listening and speaking, and often use hand movements to describe things.

Kinaesthetic learners often enjoy subjects such as Science, PE and Art, where there are a lot of activities to keep them engaged.

Auditory or Listening learner

This type of learner likes to absorb information through listening. They are also more likely to remember key details by saying things out loud.

Auditory learners benefit the most by having things verbally explained and they tend to enjoy discussion groups. Auditory learners may sometimes appear as if they are not paying attention, but actually they are busy processing the information they have heard.