3 ways to identify how your child learns

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GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - What's your child's learning style - visual, auditory or kinesthetic? Identifying a learning style allows students to score higher on tests, have better attitudes and become more efficient.

Tim Polson, owner of Tutor Doctor West Metro, says students learn in many ways but for most students, one of these methods stands out.

On KARE 11 News @ 4, Polson helped to identify the three ways children learn.

Visual Learners:

  • Take lots of notes and write down any explanations.
  • Organize your work, rewrite and reorganize; make outlines and lists.
  • Draw out pictures, mind-maps, flow diagrams and time-lines.
  • Visualize pictures to go with information you are trying to remember.
  • Study in a private place with no visual distractions.
  • Use flashcards; color code words; use highlighters; circle words; underline.

Auditory Learners:

  • Use word associations and songs to remember facts and lines.
  • Record lectures and classes to play back if possible.
  • Watch and listen to videos.
  • Repeat facts over and over with your eyes closed.
  • Participate in class discussions and study groups.
  • Tape notes after writing them.

Kinesthetic Learners:

  • Study in short blocks.
  • Keep your body active while you study; chew gum, squeeze a stress ball, walk around with a book in your hand and recite information you need to learn, etc.
  • Study and role play with others.
  • Type and use the computer while studying.
  • Play music while you study.
  • Play memory games.

To find out more, contact Tim Polson at Tutor Doctor West Metro.

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