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A new school year has begun,
which means students are being welcomed by new teachers into new environments and
are being challenged to learn new material.

 

However, mastering concepts without
a full understanding of the types of learners they are can be challenging for
students — especially if educators aren’t adept at incorporating varied teaching
methods in the classroom.  Mary Omosegbon, ESL teacher at Northwest Community High School

 

While there are many, the most
common learning styles are visual, auditory and kinesthetic (or tactile). Understanding
these styles and which one or ones apply to them allows students to perform
better in class and to craft study habits to achieve academic success.

 

“People can have more than one
learning style,” said Mary Omosegbon, an English as a Second Language (ESL)
teacher at Northwest Community High School. “Actually, you cannot be all one,
but one style does dominate.”

Because many parents aren’t
knowledgeable about these different styles of learning, they often mistake
their child’s inability to catch onto concepts or poor grades to laziness,
being unfocused or not caring or taking school seriously.

 

“Sometimes the kid just
fumbles and fumbles because the kid is adapting to their environment instead of
knowing their environment, and that’s a problem,” said Omosegbon.

 

She suggests parents must know
their children in order to understand their preferred learning style. Doing
homework with their children — and watching their attention spans — can
provide tell-tale signs to the type of learner a child is. Are they using their
fingers to count while doing math (visual)? Do they write copious notes
(auditory)? Do they have to move often during a lesson or while doing homework
(kinesthetic)?

 

Omosegbon admits that auditory
learners are the easiest to teach, while visual learners are the hardest
because they first have to visualize what’s being taught.

 

“The visual learners need more
time because they need to make pictures,” said Omosegbon. “Sometimes visual
learners have a delayed response, because they try to create pictures before
they respond.”

 

Regardless of a child’s
learning style, incorporating it into the classroom setting and during study
time will yield better academic results.

 

“The kid will learn quicker
and … that is what you want as a parent, is for your kid to get it,” said
Omosegbon.

 

To ensure all of our students
get started on the right foot this school year, we have compiled a few study
tips that complement each learning style listed above. 
 
Study Habits - Learning Style