- Do you have any homework?
- Have you studied for your test?
- Where is your lunchbox?
- How can you remember every word to every song, but not where you put your gym shoes?
Student Learning Styles – And How They Affect Student Organization Skills
We all have unique learning styles, and for students these can be even more pronounced. The way we learn affects our abilities to take in and retain information, as well as organize our thoughts. There are three major learning styles – and lots of ways we can encourage our kids to use their styles to their advantages.
Visual Learners – This learning style represents the largest portion of learners. Students who thrive on visual learning benefit from seeing information and making visual connections.
- Use color-coded tabs on notebooks.
- Encourage highlighters, colorful sticky notes, etc. for organizing homework.
- Encourage your kids to find or create their own diagrams to represent ideas.
- Invest in a calendar or planner for assignments – check out some of my ideas here.
Auditory Learners – These students retain information best when they hear it presented, such as listening to someone read, give a lecture, or by having a conversation.
- Verbally review homework assignments with your child.
- Take 30 seconds before heading out the door to verbally review the plan for the day, and do the same at the end of the day as a recap.
- Encourage your kids to read aloud and even record themselves reading/speaking so they can play it back for extra reinforcement.
Kinesthetic Learners – These are the kids who might seem fidgety in their seats or be prone to wander around when you’re begging them to “focus”. However, their brains are wired to benefit from movement – and for them learning and focus require a body in motion.
- Implement routines for homework.
- Get a cork board where they can hang notes, reminders, etc. and move them around as they want.
- Let them move during homework – or at least take short breaks to wear off that extra energy.
- Provide tactile objects like squish balls they can use while doing homework - they help provide outlets for the extra energy in calming ways for these kids.
For more information about how to identify your child’s learning style – and how to turn that into an asset for their organization skills when heading back to school, be sure to listen to this great Smead podcast by Kathy Jenkins! What are your tips for helping your kids get organized for school and homework?