Pop Quiz: What's Your Child's Learning Style?
- Wednesday, February 08, 2012
Let's see if there is a learning modality that you are particularly strong or weak in. Count the number of a) answers that you had. Then count the number of b) and c) answers.
Record these below.
a = Auditory __________ (number of "a" answers)
b = Visual __________ (number of "b" answers)
c = Kinesthetic __________ (number of "c" answers)
d = "no" answers (no need to count these)
____________ Write your style here: A, B or C
Based on this quiz, what is your primary learning style (modality)?
Analyzing the Results
Most likely, you instinctively already knew what learning modality you are and what modality your children are. Audio and visual learners usually do well in school. Sometimes kinesthetic learners do not do as well. Most people are a combination of all three modalities. The purpose of this quiz is to help you identify if there is one particular modality in which you are really strong so that you can use that strength.
You can use this self-knowledge to help you communicate with others. For example, you might say to others:
"I find that I remember best if I can write things down. Do you mind if I take notes while we talk?"
"I seem to think best if I can talk out my ideas. Can I brainstorm my ideas with you for a minute?"
"I'm a hands-on learner. I need to be able to move around and use my hands as much as possible."
People also have a tendency to teach to their own learning modality. This is why you want to know your own learning modality as well as the modality for each of your children. This way, you can adjust your approach. For example:
- If your child is a strong kinesthetic learner, give him plenty of opportunities to build things, move around, and use his hands.
- If your child is strongly visual, then you want to keep the learning lectures to a minimum and instead give her lots of written materials.
- If your child is strongly auditory, then give him lots of opportunities to listen to books and to tell you what he has learned.
- Bear in mind that most young children are kinesthetic learners and need as many hands-on projects and kits as you can give them.
After you've asked all of these questions and had your children take the quiz, closely observe them throughout the week. What are they naturally drawn to? Do you have a child who loves to play the piano or some other musical instrument? Do you have a child who is gifted at sports and is happiest when outdoors or moving around? For example, my son loves audio books and he can listen to them for hours on end. I love audio books too, but my daughters find them annoying. My son and oldest daughter are both good with their hands. They love using sculpting clay and my son used to love Transformers, Legos, and K'Nex. I'm lousy with my hands. I'm not artistic, I don't cook (at least I don't want to cook), and I don't knit or sew. But I read two to three books a week and I like anything having to do with business and marketing.
Have your child answer these questions:
If your children feel they need some help figuring out their learning styles, here are some questions that might help guide them.
- What do you feel you are good at?
- What do you enjoy doing the most?
- Say, "I see you... ___________ (for example, "...writing a lot." Or "reading a lot") "Do you think this might be one of your special gifts?"
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