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Masinda Dlamini MBChB
By Dr. Masinda Dlamini

Too very often children are misunderstood and end up underperforming because parents and teachers don’t know how to deal with them, addressing the child’s learning style.

Let’s face it, our education system shows a great deal of biasness when it comes skill and cognitive development of students. Teaching can not be a one size fits all programme but since it is, unfortunately, there are things you as a parent can do to supplement the learning process of your child and that is arming yourself with all the necessary tools and information to help your child.

 Understanding the human brain is of vital importance towards this.

The left side of the brain controls the right side of the body and also performs tasks that have to do with logic, such as science and mathematics. 

The right side of the brain controls the left side body and performs tasks that have to do with creativity and the arts. 

It depends on which side of the brain is most dominant in your child. Some learners best learn through pictures (visual learners), others though listening (auditory learners) and some are more hands on learners (they have to be physically involved for them to learn) 

Howard Gardner, a Harvard professor did a research that came out some of the following classic learning styles to help us understand the different learning styles. 

1. The Linguistic learner

This is the most common type of learner, might not be really since this type of learning is the one imposed to students in schools. This learner learns best by reading, writing, listening or speaking. For example this learner would have to read something, internalise it and then write it down from their brain. They also tend to speak about it, reciting what they have read.

 2. The Logical/Mathematical Learner

They must classify or categorize things.Patterns, relationships, numbers and equations are a walk in the park for them. These are your future engineers, mathematicians, scientists and other technical professions. They are good in problem solving. 

3. The Visual or Spatial Learner

These learners learn best with the aids of visual aid. Pictures, diagrams and graphs are exactly what they need. Almost like logical learners they tend to enter technically-oriented and engineering fields. Your child would have a great future in IT and computer programming since computers are conceptual. 

4. The Musical or Rhythmic Learner

The Musical or Rhythmic Learner

Learns using melody or rhythm. Most likely to be a musician, learning how to play by listening to a piece of music. Can be a learner who learns best when humming, whistling, toe-tapping, tapping their pencil on the desk, wiggling, or listening to music in the background. Music for them is not a distraction but actually helps with the learning process. 

5. The Naturalist

The Naturalist learner

The naturalist learns by working with, and experiencing with nature. Best captures information or knowledge through experimentation. 

6. The Physical or Kinaesthetic learner 

The Physical or Kinaesthetic learner

They need to get their hands dirty! They need interact with the objects around them. According to jobs like those in the arts, manufacturing or creative fields are ideal for these learners. 

7. The Interpersonal Learner 


The Interpersonal LearnerRelating to others is how they learn. They share stories and ideas, work best in teams. Mostly found in fields of psychology and social sciences. 

8. The Intrapersonal Learner 

The Intrapersonal Learner

Works and learns best when they are alone. Self motivated and often introverts. They tend to enter creative fields and become entrepreneurs. 

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