Learning Styles Intelligences Behaviours

This is post #4 in the series “How to Be a Great Parent-Tutor.”

Learning styles and/or intelligences are ways we take in, process, and organise information.  Each of us does these things in very individual ways.  Some learn more easily by looking (visual: reading, looking at charts or pictures), some by listening and speaking (auditory), and some in hands-on ways (tactual/kinesthetic).  Some learn better in a group, while others learn better alone.  Some learn especially well in very particular ways, such as through music or art.

Learning behaviours are our habits and actions in relation to learning.  Some people have developed good self-motivation, while others are very dependent on having someone tell them what to do next.  Some are very self-organized and can plan well, while others have not developed these skills.

Here are some tips on how to apply learning styles, intelligences, and behaviours:

  • As you observe your child’s learning styles and behaviours, you can tutor with learning methods that best match the child’s strongest learning styles.  At the same time, you will also want to use a variety of methods, so your child can learn successfully in a variety of situations. The more ways a student learns a particular lesson and puts it into practice, the more likely the student will retain the information and be able to apply it in practical ways.
  • As a parent, you are already modelling through your own life such behaviours as how to plan and monitor your own learning and other daily activities, use of time and materials, and sticking with your learning and activities until your goals are reached. So you are already your child’s tutor. Now you will want to think about even more ways you can mentor that will help your child.
  • As your child’s tutor, don’t forget to seek to understand his perspective.  Use examples related to the child’s own life and experiences, so the topic is easier to understand.  And encourage your child to be involved in his own goal-setting and learning.
  • Don’t forget to encourage your child to back-teach: that is, to put to use the learning styles and learning behaviours she has been developing, by teaching them to others–to yourself, a younger sibling, a fellow student, friends and relatives.  Also, provide real-life situations in which the child can practice these learning behaviours.
  • Practical examples of how to apply these tips will be presented in an upcoming post.

Comments and responses: Have these tips been helpful? Do you have any specific questions? What tips can you add? Please share with us in the comments! Thank you.

Other posts in this series, “How to Be a Great Parent-Tutor”:

  1. Why children need parent-tutors
  2. Important activities parent-tutors can do well
  3. Building a Good Parent-Tutor and Child Relationship
  4. Learning Styles, Intelligences, and Behaviours
  5. Developing Individualised Tutoring–Tips for Parents
  6. Monitoring Your Child’s Progress
  7. Some Basic Learning Goals
  8. Home Tutoring Resources
  9. Suggestions for a Tutoring Session at Home
  10. Specific Suggestions for Primary Grades
  11. Specific Considerations for Intermediate Grades
  12. When to Consider Hiring a Tutor
  13. Costs of Tutors and Alternatives
  14. All Kinds of Learning Activities
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