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How to identify your child's primary learning style

Parent and child learning together

Identifying your child's primary learning style can help you understand how they best absorb and process information, allowing you to tailor their education and support their learning more effectively. Here are some steps you can take to identify your child's primary learning style:

1) Observe their behaviour

Pay attention to how your child naturally engages with the world around them. Do they prefer visual stimuli, such as pictures and videos? Do they enjoy hands-on activities and manipulation of objects? Are they more inclined to listen to explanations or engage in discussions? Look for patterns in their behaviour and preferences.

2) Consider their preferences

Talk to your child and ask them about their preferences when it comes to learning. Do they enjoy reading books and written materials? Do they prefer interactive activities or group work? Do they like to draw or create visual representations of information? Take note of their responses as they can provide valuable insights.

3) Assess their performance

Take note of how your child performs in different learning environments and tasks. Do they excel when information is presented visually? Are they more successful when they can physically engage with materials? Do they grasp concepts better through verbal instructions or discussions? Analysing their performance can help identify the methods that yield the best results.

4) Experiment with different approaches

Provide your child with various learning opportunities that cater to different styles. Offer visual aids, such as charts, diagrams, and videos. Engage in hands-on activities and experiments. Encourage discussions and verbal explanations. Observe how your child responds and engages with each approach to determine which ones resonate with them the most.

5) Consider multiple intelligences

Keep in mind that children can have strengths in multiple learning styles or multiple intelligences. The theory of multiple intelligences suggests that there are different ways people learn and excel, such as linguistic, logical-mathematical, spatial, musical, bodily kinesthetics, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalistic intelligences. Explore activities and learning materials that encompass these different intelligences to identify your child's strengths.

Remember that learning styles can be fluid and may evolve over time, so it's essential to continue observing and adapting to your child's changing needs. The goal is to create a supportive learning environment that caters to their individual strengths and preferences. To help your child develop their learning, contact Prepped on 01284 658777 or email


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