A child who is able to recognise his/her dominant learning style will definitely have a bigger advantage than a child who doesn’t. Called ‘Perceptual Strengths‘, a child is able to excel in life with this particular set of lifeskill.
Why is this so?
A child who is able to recognise the weaknesses and strengths of his/her learning styles will develop a more positive attitude towards learning. This will result in higher grades. Who would be happier than the child? The parent, of course! Some stress will be removed from the relationship if the parent knows that the child seems happier and is less defensive towards learning. For example – after Jamie took steps to re-strategise his methods of studying after learning he was a kinesthetics learner and showed improvements, Jamie’s father became less critical of him and spend more time to support the child’s hands-on approach to learning.
He/She will also realise that most problems seek a method of devising and strategising to get to the right answer. Isn’t this similar to real life in general? When a child hits roadblocks, he/she should be able to navigate their way through seeking of solutions and overcoming obstacles by strategising.
A child is also able to compensate other learning methods in classes that differs from his learning styles. The definition of ‘compensate‘ means the individual is able to counterbalance his weaknesses by capitalising on his strengths. For example, if the teacher teaches in a mainly auditory classroom; the child is able to devise his own way of self-study after class or relieve his restlessness during lesson. What better way to instill the growth mentality and increase the self-confidence of a child ?
So, take the effort to know your child better and recognise their learning styles. Your child will thank you for it.