The Importance of Knowing Your Student's Learning Styles
Consider the importance of knowing your studentís learning styles.
Knowing, teaching to, and providing opportunity for your student to learn through his primary and secondary learning styles is the key to successful education!
We realize that is a bold statement. Be that as it may, we cannot emphasize it enough! We are convinced that when parents and teachers discover their student's primary and secondary learning styles, they have cut the Gordian knot of educational dilemma. They have set out on the happier road of a lifetime of successful, joyous learning - both for their student(s) and for themselves.
Very often parents experience the set backs of the status quo schooling process, simply because some of the same methods and materials of that process are incorporated into the home school setting. Those bad experiences not only involve frustration and discouragement concerning the teaching/learning experience itself, but also very often include the added fact that money is spent needlessly in an effort to try to solve those dilemmas. Furthermore, parents often move not only from one curriculum to another, but also change entire methods of approach in the quest for the "right" answer. Even though parents eventually land in a workable methodology and curriculum, this is mainly due to the joining of a workable "approach" and curriculum to their child's learning styles. Because of the time, frustration, and expense involved in this process, it is not the best route to take. Conversely, the answer lies not in such an approach, but simply in discovering whether your student is primarily a visual, auditory, or tactile/kinesthetic learner and then determining his second and third level strengths. Once you are equipped with this knowledge, you will know how he best learns and will be in the driver's seat regarding things to look for in the multitude of methods and curricula available to the home educator today. In fact, so powerful is the proper ascertaining of your student's learning styles, that once they are determined, your child can succeed in ANY curriculum because all of them can be adapted to meet the learning style demands of your student! Although certain curriculums are better suited for particular learning styles than others are, any one of them can be adapted to suit your student.
As stated by Mrs. Dixon, "During my years of consulting, testing, and tutoring students, I have learned that the first area that must be addressed in order to provide an adequate educational plan for a child is his primary style of learning.
A primary learning style is the main way that a child takes in, processes, and relates information. Many hours of frustration, family conflict, and money spent on useless products can often be avoided by simply assessing a studentís primary learning strength. I have observed children acquire labels from school systems and psychologists, simply because they were taught by methods that were in total contrast to their particular style of learning. I have seen parents pay hundreds of dollars to tutors and specialists to correct problems that could easily be solved by simply changing teaching methods and materials. I cannot stress enough the importance of learning your childís primary learning strength before you begin an educational plan."
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