Knowing Your Child’s Learning Style Can Make Homework Time Easier

by Robyn Wright on August 17, 2015

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Even though my son is out of school I still get caught up in the back-to-school excitement this time of year. We did a combination of public school and homeschooling with T growing up, based on his needs at the time. One of the most important and helpful things I did was to learn and understand what his learning style was and use methods that focused on that style to help him with learning and remembering. Most kids will have a combination of these methods but you will be able to notice a strong tilt towards one of them.

  • Auditory
    Kids who are auditory prefer to listen rather than just reading. In class they are most attentive when the teacher is actually speaking to explain lessons. Reciting things out loud may help them learn easier as well.
  • Kinesthetic and Tactile
    Some places list these individually, some just as one. They can overlap quite a bit. These kids like to be hands on and may have trouble sitting still at school or while doing their homework. They love to be able to touch things. Using manipulatives and other tools for homework can be especially helpful to help them grasp concepts. They also enjoy movement!
  • Visual
    Show me is the path for kids who are visual. They like visual representations of what they are learning. This can be pictures, charts, graphs, and video.

While each child will naturally gravitate towards one of these styles it is important that you encourage them to learn skills that work for all of them. Learning styles change over time for some and the more well-rounded they are the easier school will be for them as a whole.

Homework Tips for Auditory Learners

  • Reading out loud
  • Talking to others about what they are learning
  • Oral quizzes at home to study for school
  • Using mnemonics for memorization
  • Making up songs about the topics
  • Books on tape

Homework Tips for Kinesthetic and Tactile Learners

  • Building models that match lessons
  • Craft projects related to studies
  • Sitting on a balance ball while doing homework
  • Doing hands on experiments
  • Using manipulatives to understand math concepts
  • Doodle while learning
  • Having stress ball or other hand toys to play with while studying
  • Drawing to help understand concepts or cement them
  • Writing things down

Homework Tips for Visual Learners

  • Using images and graphics to go along with the topic (the internet is your oyster for this)
  • Color coding information
  • Use flash cards
  • Use charts, maps, and graphs – either you providing them or letting your child create them
  • Watching animations and video
  • Use scrap paper to figure things out as they do their homework

There are many resources available to parents to help understand their learning style. First and foremost is your own observation of them. Teachers can also offer you input on this after the first several weeks of school. Scholastic has a short quiz on what is your child’s learning style. Education Planner offers a learning styles self-assessment which might work better for older students.

Do you know what your kids’ learning styles are? How do you plan on using this information to help make homework time easier this school year?

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1 steve weber September 3, 2015 at 1:21 am

My nephew is definitely a visual learner – I’ll pass these tips on to my sister.

2 Natalie September 4, 2015 at 7:03 am

My daughter tends to be a kinesthetic and tactile learner. This is an interesting post!

3 Robyn Wright November 22, 2015 at 5:34 pm

Thanks @disqus_V13DyMMdlQ:disqus

4 Natalie September 4, 2015 at 7:03 am
5 Yeng Lor September 6, 2015 at 4:22 pm

This really helps! Thanks! My son is a 3rd grader and takes an hour to 2 hours to do math homework but it’s b/c he struggles with math. So I am going to try some of your homework tips and see if it will make things a lot smoother this school year.

6 Robyn Wright November 22, 2015 at 5:35 pm

I hope some of the tips are helping @yeng_lor:disqus

7 Lisa Brown September 8, 2015 at 6:19 am

Most are visual learners in this house and always love to use flash cards to learn. Yes, it can be considered “old school” but it really works for the visual learners and I always learned by them :)

8 Robyn Wright November 22, 2015 at 5:35 pm

Agreed, flashcards have their place!

9 Kristen September 12, 2015 at 7:24 pm

It would be so useful if more parents considered this.

10 tannawings October 6, 2015 at 1:10 am

Mine was both visual and hands on depending oon the sugject. I also resorted to the old time memorization tricks for things that need it like for dates and events.

11 Robyn Wright November 22, 2015 at 5:35 pm

Yep, there is nothing wrong with old school methods if they work!

12 shellypeterson November 15, 2015 at 9:56 pm

My son is mostly Auditory. Thanks for these home work tips!

13 Robyn Wright November 22, 2015 at 5:35 pm

You’re welcome @shellypeterson:disqus

14 salexis November 18, 2015 at 4:09 pm

I will check out that quiz. I’ve tried many of these ideas and I’m still working to figure out what will help my daughter the most. Thanks for the suggestions!

15 Robyn Wright November 22, 2015 at 5:36 pm

It never hurts to check with your daughter’s teachers as well for help in recognizing her learning styles.

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