2 Sides of Learning: Solitary Learners versus Social Learners

Everyone tries to tell you how to teach your child. The schools say they have to teach a certain way, and in fact they do. They have to provide an education to everyone, which means little to know individual attention, and definitely not much consideration to the learning style of your child. So how do you know which one works the best for your child? I say, none of them. No one can tell you what to do exactly but they can tell you how to help your child to learn the easiest and most comfortably.

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One of the first things you have to consider is if your child learns best in a social setting or in a solitary setting. It is true that some children learn better in a solitary setting working by themselves or one-on-one. And others can learn the best in a group setting or one-on-one, as long as they are not completely by themselves.

Why is it important to understand these styles? Answer: Because you want the best for your child, and that means understanding how they learn.

The social learner can communicate with others verbally and non-verbally very easily. They also tend to listen and collaborate easily with peers and teachers/instructors. They also like to help others that seem to need a little extra help, so they would be great in-class tutors for their peers. These learners can use group associations, role-playing, brainstorming with others, and social games and puzzles in which to learn.

On the other side is the solitary learner. In this style, the student is independent and private. While they can work well one-on-one, they do not function well in groups. Self-study and self-reflection are their strengths which allow them the best learning. These students need step by step goals and detailed lists that keep them on track. Using a journal helps with any questions they may have. Writing it out can help them solve many academic problems, or keep them ready for the tutor or teacher. However, it is imperative that this student at least learn the basic skills of teamwork to ensure that future academics are not hindered.

Now that you know what to look for when it comes to solitary learning and social learning, you can begin to realign your child’s learning. Talk with the teacher and make plans to help the solitary learner in groups and the social learner in individual projects. The extreme of either can cause problems academically, so the best thing to do is work with the student to find a comfortable balance. Online tutoring with a qualified and caring Frederick tutor offers such a balance, and can only help keep the student from becoming frustrated or worse.

As parents we all want was is best for our child as people and as students. Knowing about their learning styles and their preferences for being social butterflies or loner types is only part of the process. Staying in touch with teachers on a regular basis is important too. Your child’s education needs your input. Don’t just rely on the educators, know your child and know that they are getting the best.

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