Homework Help: Good Study Habits for Every Learning Style

February 12th, 2013 posted by Caron B. Goode, Ed.D.

by Caron B. Goode, Ed.D.

All children learn differently. Some learn by listening. Some learn by seeing. Still others by doing. The way your child learns best is her learning style. Every child has a unique learning style. This style is a combination of many factors. They can include how she uses her senses. How she interacts within her environment. And also her approach to reasoning. There are four primary learning styles. They are behavioral, cognitive, interpersonal, and affective. Each of these styles has a unique set of traits. They also have different learning processes. Many children have a predominant learning style. It is more common, however, for children to have a combination of styles. This may make identifying your child’s learning style more challenging. Once you do, however, it will be easier for you to help her develop good study habits, complete her homework, and get the most from her education. //

Learning Styles and Study Habits


Behavioral learners are very result oriented. They want to complete tasks quickly. They prefer to study independently and use proven methods. They also excel when given real life examples to work with. They do not enjoy abstract thinking or discussion. To them this method is a waste of time. Their goal is to solve the problem, not talk about how to do it.

Study Habits

  • Space.

    They prefer to work independently. Therefore, they do best when given their own space. Leave them alone and keep siblings occupied elsewhere. Also, make sure their space is well stocked with supplies. They are quick with results, but less inclined to deal with details like sharpening pencils.

  • Structure.

    They enjoy structure but rebel against control. It is important that parents designate a specific time and place for homework. Then let them complete it on their own.

  • Help.

    Of all the styles, they are the least likely to need or want help. Be sure to respect and praise their independence. When they do ask for help, be direct. Deal with the facts at hand. Also, use plenty of real life scenarios to illustrate the problem and the solution.


Cognitive learners are very analytical and logical. They are also deliberate and conscientious. Because of this they often work well with computers and data. They take instruction well and insist tasks be done correctly. They are visual learners. They learn best by reading and through illustrations. They often score well on reading comprehension tests and excel in math.

Study Habits

  • Space.

    They are highly organized. Therefore, they perform better in an organized environment. They are also easily annoyed when interrupted. Therefore, they work better independently.

  • Structure.

    Because of their analytical nature, they often become engrossed in detail. This can cause them to lose track of time. Be sure to give them ample time to do homework. They do not respond well when they feel rushed. They also must believe they have done their best work. Parents should lay out assignments. Then give them the freedom and time to do them to their standards.

  • Help.

    They are often perfectionists. Therefore, it is important that parents offer only constructive input. Since they enjoy analysis, they like parents to supply them with detailed information and ask for their opinions.


Interpersonal learners are very persistent and innovative. They often see the solution everyone else overlooks. They are good listeners. They approach tasks in a factual and practical manner. They enjoy supporting and working with others to solve problems. They are auditory learners. This means they do well in a lecture based classroom.

Study Habits

  • Space.

    They are very organized. They like their homework space to be organized but they don’t mind sharing it. They also enjoy harmony. So when they study with others, they help keep things running smoothly.

  • Structure.

    They are very reliable. They can be counted on to do what is expected of them. If given a timeframe for their homework, they will do their best to comply. Parents should recognize this and praise them for their efforts.

  • Help.

    They enjoy working with others. Therefore, they do best when their parents take an active role in homework time. Reading out loud to them helps them understand the material. Work with them and solve problems together. Approval is very important, so remember to always praise them. Also, make sure tasks increase in difficulty. This way they can measure their success. If given the hardest problem first, they may feel overwhelmed. Then they may not finish the assignment.


Affective learners are expressive and intuitive. They are very verbal and often excel in the arts. They are highly creative and innovative. They do not favor an analytical approach to learning. They prefer to explore their environment and discuss their discoveries. They learn by doing. An orange cut into sections can demonstrate fractions to them better than any textbook.

Study Habits

  • Space.

    They are not easily stimulated. They can work almost anywhere. In fact, they probably prefer working at the kitchen table while you prepare dinner.

  • Structure.

    They can be very energetic and friendly. Therefore, they often benefit from homework or study groups. Groups stimulate them and allow them to learn through discussion. But they are very social and have a tendency to be talkative and lose track of time. Parents need to guide these children. Be sure they stay on track when working alone or with a group.

  • Help.

    Parents should challenge them in a way that is fun and exciting. Since they learn by doing, writing things down or drawing pictures often clarifies trouble spots for them. They are not very task oriented and are easily bored. Parents can help by making a game out of homework. The more they enjoy themselves, the more productive they are.

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