Here Are The Different Learning Styles:
a. Visual Learning
As you can guess, visual learners learn by seeing. Those who learn best visually can struggle with foreign languages or any subjects that involve a lot of abstract ideas that aren’t taught using visual aids and diagrams. Sometimes, it can be hard to draw or make a model of a language or an abstract concept, but this is where after school tutoring can help.
Your child’s tutor is focused on only her, not 30 other students (like teachers are), so the tutor has the time, focus and expertise available to convert those tough-to-teach lessons into visual aids and drawings that help your child learn!
E.g. Writing tutors can demonstrate sentence diagrams and parts of speech by having a child actually build a sentence with blocks. For example, writing tutors can tell students blue blocks are verbs, red blocks are nouns, etc. and have them build sentence structures to match ones they read. For more advanced students, writing tutors can use diagrams and drawings to help students plan out their written assignments to help them present ideas logically.
E.g. Reading tutors can have children draw out the plot of a story to allow them to internalize what’s really happening. Reading tutors can also have students draw out a hierarchy of characters so they understand who is most important and what their relationships are with one another.
E.g. Math tutors can help demonstrate abstract concepts by drawing diagrams on paper if needed, but math itself is a visual subject, so math tutors of visual learners have an easier job here.
b. Kinaesthetic Learning
Kinaesthetic learners learn best by using their hands and bodies. Anything activity that allows a student to act something out, demonstrate concepts with her own body, build models or touch objects is best for these types of learners. This learning style is one teachers don’t often accommodate because curricula don’t allow it, and necessary resources aren’t always available. After school tutoring can introduce your child to a whole new world of learning by doing, and help your kinaesthetic learner excel in school as a result.
E.g. Reading tutors can help with reading comprehension by having a child act out passages from the book. Both reading tutors and writing tutors can also have children act out or build what they’re writing about in the form of blocks, clay, etc. to make learning easier.
E.g. Math tutors can help children build math equations using different sized blocks to conceptualize subjects like algebra, geometry and arithmetic. Tiles, rods and counting pieces are also great tools that math tutors use.
c. Aural Learning
Aural learners learn by hearing. They learn through music, stories told out loud, rhymes and jingles. An after school tutor who can convert concepts into sounds to demonstrate their meaning would be perfect for an aural learner. Our Club Z! after school tutors can do just that.
E.g. Writing tutors can help students tell stories out loud about what they want to write to help them better organize their thoughts before writing essays.
E.g. Reading tutors can have children read passages loud, so they can hear what they read, and retain it easily.
E.g. Math tutors can make up jingles or sayings for different math formulas and concepts to help students both memorize and understand. There are plenty of these that exist in math already (like PEMDAS: Please excuse my dear Aunt Sally), and they’re quite useful!
d. Verbal Learning
The verbal learning style similar to aural learning, but relies more heavily on working with words and manipulating words than it does on sounds. It’s easy to imagine how a reading tutor or writing tutor would help a verbal child. The opportunities are endless and, as a matter of fact, for many verbal learners, reading and writing are what they do best! Math tutors, on the other hand, may have to be creative in how they teach.
E.g. Math tutors could help a verbal child by verbally explaining math problems, but being very focused on how they explain and what words they use. Explaining math to a verbal learner requires practice and expertise because verbal learners pick up on slight nuances that others don’t. These nuances help them understand what’s being said even better than most people can.
The disadvantage is that if the instructions have any ambiguity in them or the slightest error, this can completely throw off a verbal learners understanding of the problem, while other types of learners may not even notice the nuance. Our after school tutors and math tutors are skilled at explaining math to verbal learners and can help your child understand and excel!
Tutoring Makes Learning More Enjoyable & Efficient
The examples of learning above are just some of the most basic examples of how an experienced tutor can help children learn according to their unique needs. Typically, designing tutoring sessions to fit a student's needs is much more involved than using the methods we mentioned. As you can see, expert tutoring isn't the same as having an older child or a parent look over a student's shoulder and help with assignments/quiz him on material for tests. Expert tutoring exists for the purpose of changing learning for your child...and making learning more enjoyable, effective and efficient. Allowing a student to learn in a way that she learns best and in a way that she enjoys will give her the best chance at academic success now and in the future.