How to maximize your children’s learning at school
When it comes to learning, every child is different.
Schools largely use a visual learning style, which caters to about 65% of students.
This means that schools in the UK do not cater to around 35% of the student population.
Visual learning is the most common type of learning, according to the Social Science Research Network, visual learning makes up for 65% of the population.
Want to know if your child is a visual learner? Do they:
· Need graphs, images, posters, or pictures to learn most affectively?
· Need images along with long portions of text to fully take the information in?
· Need to visualize what the teacher is talking about to fully retain the knowledge?
But what about the 35% of students that schools do not set their learning towards?
Secondly, we have auditory learning, this makes up about 30% of students.
Do your children:
· Benefit from lectures, music, or speeches to learn?
· Perform assignments better when hearing it rather than reading it on paper?
· Repeat information back to the teacher rather than making notes?
If so, your children may suit the auditory learning style.
As mentioned earlier 30% of the population learn most affectively through auditory learning.
This is a decently sized portion of the population all not getting the most out of school.
Thirdly, we have kinesthetic learning, according to reports, this only makes up just under 5% of the population in the UK.
Many classrooms will not be suited to this style of learning, meaning if your child belongs to this learning style then they will almost certainly not be getting the most of school.
Do your children:
· Struggle to sit or engage in long lectures to long verbal or written learning?
· Learn best when physically being able to get their hands on something?
· Seem to perform better in science? Science as a subject invites a more kinesthetic style of learning.
An interesting note with Kinesthetic learning, a report shows that in India Kinesthetic learning is the most common learning style at 41% of the population.
This could be for several reasons. Technology is not as readily available in most parts of India when compared to the UK which could explain the lack of preferred visual learning.
Diversion aside, these stats show that around 35% of the student population are not getting the most out of school.
If your children come under this bracket, how can you ensure they are getting the most out of learning?
In the upcoming articles, I will be exploring the 3 main learning styles and what you can do as parents to ensure your child learns their way.
Most reputable tutoring companies will pre access your children to explore how they learn best and can adapt a learning plan to that to ensure a personal tailored tutoring experience.
Tutoring can ensure your children keep ahead of the curve in their preferred learning style. As we say at tutori, ‘everyone can learn.’
 World Class Teachers (2018) ‘Your guide to understanding and adapting to different learning styles’ Available at https://www.worldclassteachers.co.uk/blog/your-guide-to-understanding-and-adapting-to-different-learning-styles/#:~:text=that%20people%20learn.-,VISUAL,common%20type%20of%20learning%20style.
 NCBI (2013) ‘The learning styles and preferred teaching-learning strategies’ Available at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3708205/#:~:text=39%25%20of%20the%20respondents%20had,auditory%20and%20read%20and%20write.