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Learning Strategies for Teens

 

By Ms. Cristy Fuentes Ramos

Secondary Teacher

                                                                                                                                             March 5, 2019

We all know that becoming a successful student involves more than learning facts, following grammar, and solving “Math” problems. Nowadays, it is especially necessary that teens learn how to learn,4how to remember, and how to apply what they learn. They also need to develop an open attitude about their own learning skills. This is where learning strategies come in.

 

Strategies are mental plans that we use to get specific results or reach a goal or objective. These mental plans can be learned, developed, and improved as we use them. As parents and teachers, we need to focus on our students’ learning needs, to know their learning styles, and to choose the best resources and techniques to motivate them. When we are capable of identifying our teenagers’ interests and preferences, we have more opportunities to encourage them.

 

In a study conducted byVisual Learners Convert Words to Pictures in the Brain And Vice Versa University of Pennsylvania (2009),it was stated that the three most practical senses in learning environments are sight, hearing and touch. The VAK learning style uses the three main sensory receivers: VisualAuditory, and Kinesthetic to determine the dominant learning preference.

 

Auditory learners often talk to themselves, so we can use songs, rhymes, jokes, debates, and oral expositions as strategies with them. Visual learners have two sub-channels—linguistic and spatial; learners who are visual-linguistic like to learn through written language, such as reading and writing tasks; and learners who are visual-spatial usually have difficulty with the written language and do better with charts, demonstrations, videos, and other visual materials. Finally, kinesthetic learners do best while touching and moving, and they typically use color high lighters and take notes by drawing pictures, diagrams, or doodling.

 

Like many things in life, learning strategies work best if we consider our teens’ needs, interests, and learning preferences. Another master key in this process, is to show them that we are on their side to provide guide and help, and not just to correct or discipline them.

 

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090325091834.htm

 

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