We all have our strengths and weaknesses, and that’s totally fine! When it comes to learning, though, some of us have a more dominant learning style than others. Similarly, every child is unique, but they all also have similarities in how they learn. This article will show you 7 simple methods of how you can identify your child’s primary learning style.

There is a difference between our preferred learning style and our primary learning style, and it’s important that we identify our child’s primary learning style as quickly as possible. Our primary learning style refers to the specific way in which we filter information, organize it and then store that information in our long-term memory bank. Each of us has this unique approach to taking knowledge in.

Learning styles can be broken down into four categories: auditory, visual, read/write, and kinaesthetic. For example, if your kid is an auditory learner, they’re probably great at understanding new concepts by listening to them or talking about them with other people.

If your child prefers visual learning, they’ll likely get more out of reading or seeing new concepts than they would hearing or writing about them.

Read/write learners are those who tend to learn better by writing things down or reading them in a text book. Kinaesthetic learners prefer to learn through movement and touch.

You can figure out what type of learner your child is simply by observing them on a daily basis. Here are seven ways to hone in on their primary learning style:

  1. Observe their behaviours and interests on a daily basis.
  2. Ask their teacher how they react in the classroom and what types of projects they enjoy.
  3. Watch how they interact with objects. Do they like to use their hands, do they prefer to use their voice, or do they love visual stimulation?
  4. Take note of their emotional responses to different activities and conversations. Are they happy, sad, excited or bored?
  5. Listen to them talk about things that interest them. How do they use words, and what words do they use? Do they tend to be more analytical or creative, for example?
  6. Notice which subjects they excel at and learn with ease compared to others: math or science, for instance? Or does English come more naturally to them? This can be a useful clue as well!
  7. Watch how they listen, see, taste, touch, or smell things that interest and excite them.

As parents, we are usually eager to get our children into the best schools, with the best teachers. But have you ever stopped and wondered what type of learner your child is? Learning styles can be a whole new ballgame when it comes to your children. If you can figure out what their primary learning style is, you will be able to find more effective ways to help them succeed in school. And the earlier you apply that knowledge, the better off they will be. You may even discover that they have another style they can use as an “auxiliary” learning style, one that helps them decipher information in a different way.