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Studying Options for Your Child’s Strengths

By Amanda Morin

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What’s the best way for your child to study? Whatever way taps into his natural learning strengths. See which options may make it easier for your child to take in and remember information.

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Kids Who Learn by Listening

If your child naturally learns by listening, traditional techniques like reading over notes may not be the best option. He may do better studying with a friend. They can talk through what they’re learning and quiz each other afterward. Or he can read chapters out loud and summarize what he’s read. He may also memorize better by reciting facts, dates and formulas out loud. Or he might try recording class notes and listening to them later at home.

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Kids Who Learn Through Action

If your child learns most easily when he’s being active, sitting in one place to study may not be best. He might try pacing while he reviews notes. If he takes a walk with a friend, they could go over information and quiz each other. And if he has lots of energy, he can stand at a desk while reading, or kick a ball around while reciting facts. Switching study places and positions, and taking breaks to stretch also can help.

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Kids Who Learn by Looking

Some kids learn most easily by looking at information. If your child is one of them, he may prefer more traditional study options. He might preview chapters to review vocabulary, and look at the titles, diagrams and illustrations. Or write study points and lists on index cards. Copying, highlighting and rewriting notes may also help. And writing goals on a whiteboard or sticky note, such as “Finish paper before dinner,” can keep him on task.

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Kids Who Learn Through Language

If your child learns easily through spoken language, he may do best using his verbal skills to study. He might find a study partner to compare notes and talk about them. Or put everything into words, from writing out formulas to putting chart information into sentences. Sometimes memory tricks can help. For example, he might learn “Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge” to remember the notes on the lines in the treble clef in music.

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Kids Who Learn Through Logic

Some kids learn most easily when things are presented logically. If your child is one of them, he might do best with a combination of studying options. He could lay out goals by listing what he needs to learn, study and accomplish. Graphs, flow charts and spreadsheets can help him organize information. And seeing how things work may help him make sense of concepts. For instance, to understand science principles he might do some experiments.

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Kids Who Learn With Others

If your child learns most easily around others, there are study options that would let him benefit from other people’s knowledge and feedback. He could either work in a study group or study in areas where there are other people around, such as the library or a homework room. He may even find that he understands the material better if he teaches what he’s learning to his peers.

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About the Author

Portrait of Amanda Morin

Amanda Morin is a parent advocate, a former teacher and the author of The Everything Parent’s Guide to Special Education.

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Portrait of Sheldon Horowitz

Sheldon H. Horowitz, Ed.D., is senior director of learning resources and research at the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

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