Young minds absorb faster! Learning styles are unique to each individual. Every child develops at an individual pace. As parents, imbibing learning as a skill in young children can be immensely beneficial in the long run. Learning skills are categorised as the 4 Cs namely, Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, Communication and Collaboration. Daunting as these may seem, these skills ensure development in a sound and systematic way with better results. The 4 C are guaranteed to improve learning patterns and help in adapting and reproducing information in an understandable way. As these skills are part of short-term memory that enables learning, students can develop their short-term memory through creative activities, clearing the path to learn and understand better.
Here are some of the effective ways for kids to improve learning skill:
1. Critical Thinking
Critical thinking is careful analysis of any topic for a better understanding triggered by our left brain. To learn and use the power of critical thinking, first analyze a situation by breaking the entire scenario into smaller and understandable parts. Come up with logical arguments about the topic and link thoughts to evidences. This exercise ultimately paves the way for a logical conclusion.
Critical thinking is indeed a learning tool to hone the problem-solving skills. Pushing yourself to come up with the causes and effects of a problem, eliminates the reasons for the problem.
2. Creativity Thinking
Creative thinking is the ability to think out-of-the-box gifted by our right brain. One can learn creative thinking through a number of dedicated activities. Brainstorming is one such practice to bring out a number of feasible, impossible and unreasonable suggestions for a particular scenario. There is a saying: Actions speak louder than words. In line with this adage, students can encourage learning skills by making items with their own hands. Once the materials are given to create the product, they will slowly learn their way out to create the product.
The creative attitude in kids flourishes when they are encouraged to crack jokes, narrate stories and sing their favourite songs. Speaking on any topic can also bring their creative traits to the fore, thereby, giving them a chance to learn through innovative ways. The kids need to be encouraged to ask questions which will help them to know the facts that were unknown to them before. By giving out the answers by themselves, kids will learn new ways to find a solution to their problem.
3. Communication Skills
Communication skills is another stepping stone to learning through verbal and written expressions. It is all about expressing the thoughts and beliefs, not only through words, but also through gestures, body language and visual aids. The guardians play a big role in creating a communicative environment at home or in school. Kids will learn the art of attentive listening only when their communication is encouraged.
If the communication is on frequent basis, they begin to listen with all their ears. Kids gradually learn to make a note of things while asking questions about the unknown facts. Help kids to enjoy the act of reading. They gradually begin to decode the words or images that are in front of their eyes. Thanks to the current availability of technology, students can now bank on the mobile phones and apps. These can actually serve as learning tools to communicate through phone or email or engage themselves through app messages.
Collaboration is often considered as the art of working together for a common goal. It is another tried and tested means to improve learning skills in students by introducing them to group activities with a common objective. Through collaborations, the students get the advantage of learning to work towards a goal. In their pursuit to reach their common objective, kids will thereby absorb the quality of evaluating multiple options.
Students work on alternatives that bring them close to the aim, and reject the alternatives that work against their target. Such activities give glimpses of the leadership qualities in kids which are still in the nascent stage of development. Group activities invariably come as a boon to kids when they start to realize the benefits of effective management of time and material resources. Such acts also teach the students to resolve conflicts between their team mates, in a friendly manner, thereby introducing them to the dynamics of team spirit.
These above-mentioned 4C strategies will help students to hone their learning skills to better their reasoning power, at the same time enhance their concentration levels. When these two attributes are garnered, students learn and unlearn various concepts just by adapting and processing information from various sources. When these learning strategies become a part of students’ routine, it helps them flourish in a constantly changing and highly-competitive society.