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Parent Club Webinar 101s: Every Child Is A Unique Learner

Team StoryWeavers|September 20, 2021, 15:40 IST|

We know that everyone has a different way of approaching the same task, and the same stands true when it comes to learning as well. These preferences play a role in helping an individual learn better; be it children or adults. 

BYJU’S Parent Club webinar, on The Art of Storytelling, highlights the importance of learning styles when it comes to educating children.

What is the VARK model of learning styles?

Learning styles are about understanding how a learner perceives, interacts, and responds to a learning environment. It does offer certain benefits, such as helping parents and teachers understand the learning needs of the student and helps them remove barriers to learning. 

In 1992, Fleming and Mills suggested four categories of learning that summarise the learning experiences of their students. That’s how the VARK model of learning styles came into existence. VARK consists of visual, auditory, reading and writing, and kinaesthetic learners. 

  • Visual learners
    They prefer pictorial depiction of information such as maps, charts, flow charts, etc. It includes different formats that highlight information to be conveyed. 
  • Auditory learners
    They prefer learning by listening. They engage in lively discussions to get a more profound understanding of the topics. Likewise, they may listen to music while studying to focus better and create jingles to remember information. 
  • Read/Write Learners
    They prefer written words to gain information. They use lists and notes to retain information. They are likely to be good with grammar and have a wide vocabulary. Not only that, but they are rather fond of journals, manuals, and dictionaries. 
  • Kinaesthetic learners
    They prefer to learn via experience and practice. They prefer step-by-step instructions and learn better with games and activities. 

Study tips based on VARK model of learning style

Parents can use the VARK model to find out their child’s learning style and help them leverage these preferences while studying. They also need to keep in mind that these are preferences and most children learn through a combination of these learning styles. 

  • Visual learners
    They should try to colour code notes, highlight the important text, and add images and symbols wherever possible. They can also use a board to draw concepts. 
  • Auditory learners
    They should read notes aloud, record them, and then listen to them later while revising. They can also actively participate in study group discussions with friends or discuss the material at home with a parent or sibling. 
  • Read/Write Learners
    They should take detailed notes, review written material available to them on the topic, and re-write study material to remember it better. They can also invest time in doing their research online. 
  • Kinaesthetic learners
    They should read notes while walking or listening to music. They can create flashcards and games to remember the information better. Furthermore, they should find ways to stay physically immersed in the study session. 

Learning styles may help teachers and parents to support the children’s learning better. However, you must note that preferred learning style does not mean that it is the only way the child learns. It is believed that most children learn through a combination of these learning styles, which is known as multimodal learning. When two or more of these learning styles are combined, most children understand and remember the concepts better. 

Parents should remember that learning is a complex process and relying on any one method of learning is likely to be ineffective for most children. Engaging in a holistic learning environment that makes effective use of different learning styles and involves multiple senses allows children to experience learning in a variety of ways and increases the odds of successful learning outcomes. Remember that there’s no one that size fits all; every child is unique and learns differently.

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