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What Is Your Child’s Learning Style?

Adding more tuition or assessment books to your child’s load isn’t going to help them pick up on their weaker subjects. Instead, you should help them become the best student they can be by figuring out what are they good at and how and what kind of learner they are.

In fact, according to Harvard psychologist and author Howard Gardner, there are different types of intelligence. Read on and find out what kind of learner your child is.

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#1 Linguistic Intelligence

Characteristics of children with strengths in linguistic intelligence:

  • Enjoy reading and writing
  • Read books for enjoyment
  • Find word-play fun
  • Enjoy crosswords, tongue twisters, jokes, and rhymes
  • Typically good spellers
  • Love hearing and telling stories even if they have difficulty with the mechanics of language

What you can do:

If your child is struggling with math, opt for storytelling math sessions when you are trying to make your child learn the subject better. On top of that, if straight numbers are not something your child can easily grasp, making up an interesting story about how many apples Jack has and how many pears Mary has will do the trick.

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#2 Logical-Mathematical Intelligence

Characteristics of children with strengths in logical-mathematical intelligence:

  • Displays a lot of curiosity about things in their environment and how they work.
  • Might wonder why a clock ticks or how a toy works
  • Thinks conceptually

What you can do:

When spelling’s a problem, pull out a word puzzle. Computer games will also help them learn to read, spell, and memorise facts. Details are secondary to logical learners, so when you’re helping them study for a science test, ask them the cosmic questions first (“What is the solar system?”), and then ask for details later (“What are the names of the planets?”).

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#3 Visual-Spatial Intelligence

Characteristics of children with strengths in visual-spatial intelligence:

  • Think in images
  • Tend to be daydreamers
  • Highly sensitive to the placement of objects
  • Like jigsaw puzzles, art, and drawing
  • Good with maps, diagrams, and enjoy watching videos

What you can do:

Creative thinkers do well with “what if…” or “imagine that…” assignments. Thankfully, this strategy can be applied to almost all subjects. For a science project on recycling, you might want to suggest to your kids to pretend to be something. For instance, say, “Imagine that you are a piece of paper. How has the journey from being thrown into the bin till being recycled been?”

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#4 Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence

Characteristics of children with strengths in bodily-kinesthetic intelligence:

  • Sometimes considered hyperactive if they aren’t given things to do
  • Crave movement and motion
  • Love to be outdoors on the playground
  • Process knowledge through bodily sensations

What you can do:

Give your children an exercise ball to sit on as they do their homework. The sheer act of balancing on it will help them focus better. Or let them do it standing up. Another way is to allow your children to stand at the kitchen table to do their homework so they can wiggle and shift around.

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#5 Musical Intelligence

Characteristics of children with strengths in musical intelligence:

  • Might sing to themselves, hum, whistle, and tap
  • Interested in music and have the ability to also understand it
  • Rhythmic and are very good with an instrument
  • Might be able to easily pick out harmonies and parts in a song, which makes them excellent members of a choir

What you can do:

Use music to teach multiplication. In fact, this has been known to be a fairly effective method. There is an array of multiplication songs available, from simple ditties to rap tracks. Find a CD that your child likes, and play the songs often. Reinforce the music by quizzing your child verbally.

What kind of learner are you and your child? Got some tips on the  learning methods for different learners? Share it with us in the comment section down below.