Jon was questioning the teacher once more on the Science subject. As the teacher rolled his eyes and mumbled “argumentative” under his breath, Jon asked questions which not many people had thought of. Luckily, Jon had a supportive father who was very willing to help him find out any information and discuss with him the wildest science questions and ideas and even dive into projects with him. 

The analytical student like to get things done and follow rules and procedures. These students would rather follow the teacher’s advice and method of analysing literature rather than making up their own story, very unlike the creative thinkers. They are probably a whiz at test taking and like multiple-choice questions section. This child is a detailed person who thrives on solving complicated questions. However, many of them may question everything and some can be downright argumentative in the classroom.

Such skills are very valuable in business and industry, teaching and research, psychology and social issues, and math and science fields, just to name a few.

How can We Encourage the Analytical Skills

Emphasise Analysis in Parent-child Interactions

Talk to your child about why something happens and what they think about it encourages analytical thinking. You can analyse politics, social issues, and things going on in school, community and lives on a social basis. When you interact with your children, give reasons for what you’re doing and encourage them to do so. 

Provide Measuring Tools and Give Your Child Problems to Solve

Want to improve your child’s Math? Give him/her a ruler, compass, map, calculator, an egg timer, balance scales, thermometers and a stopwatch to measure anything under the sun. Ask questions such as “How can you find out if your new bookshelf will fit through the door into your room?” or “How long will it take us to get there if we travel at 75 kiometeres per hour?”.

Provide Opportunities for Your Child to conduct Experiment

Stimulate curiosity by asking questions of situations that we often overlook and ask them to research for the answers. Questions such as “Why do bananas decompose after they are left for many days on the table?” or “What happen if the oil and water in the mayonnaise are to separate? Why?” will open up a whole world of science to them. 

Provide Appropriate Reading Material

If your child prefers science to fantasy, then get them books on those topics. 

Encourage Your Child to collect Small Items

Get a box with dividers for these items. Your child can classify and categorise these items in many ways.