More Strategies for Learning


In school, children are not only acquiring and applying knowledge, but also learning how to learn, such as how to organize facts in order to learn them more easily or how to break down the information in a problem in order to solve it. Parents can support school instruction by helping children use these learning strategies and solving problems helps children become responsible for their own learning.


Listed below are some of the strategies for learning children are learning to use. Some of these strategies you may use yourself, such as making a list of what you have to do before starting a project, or drawing a picture before decorating a room or planting a garden.


  1. Categorizing information

    When there are many facts to learn, help your child look for patterns or relationships and group the facts into different categories for easier learning.


  3. Summarizing

    Asking your child to summarize a story or information provides practice in identifying and paraphrasing the most important ideas or information. After your child reads a passage, ask what has happened so far or what has been learned so far.


  5. Prediction/estimation

    Asking children to predict or to estimate helps them learn whether or not their answers are reasonable. Have your child practice by predicting the outcome of a TV show or estimating the time to do a chore or the cost of several items at the store. Ask if the prediction or estimate was reasonable. Ask how your child came up with the prediction or estimate.


  7. Visualization

    Drawing a picture, making a chart, or using real items to count can help children solve problems.


  9. Note-taking

    Taking notes helps children summarize main points, categorize information, understand and remember facts and study for tests. Have your child explain the material to you in his or her own words to see if it has been understood.


  11. Making a list


Sometimes the hardest part of an assignment is getting started. Help your child break down a task into parts and list what he or she needs to do to accomplish each part.


These are just some of the strategies for learning children are being taught. Check out "Using Strategies to Help Learn" for additional strategies.


For more information on how your child is doing in school and how you can help, contact your child’s teacher.