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Identify your child's learning style.
Does it match the school's testing style? First, you and your child must discover they style in which they learn best.
This is important because each person has a preferred style and you'll want to help your child get a "leg up" by understanding that schools use written tests to measure knowledge, and those written tests, are by nature "visual".
You are going to empower your child to ace those written tests, by learning how to add some visual learning strategies, no matter what their learning style is.
Does your child learn best visually, by thinking in pictures? Is your child learn best by listening - an auditory learner? Or is your child a more hands-on, tactile or kinesthetic learner? Find out quickly, by taking the free Personal Learning Styles Inventory at http://www.
If you don't know your child's dominant learning style, there's a good chance your child will struggle.
Not because he or she is not smart, but because there may be a mis-match between how your child's learning style and the school's visual, written testing style.
Written tests cater to only one kind of learner and that is the visual person, who prefers to think in pictures.
If your child is an auditory or tactile/kinesthetic learner, there can be a mis-match between how they learn and how they are tested.
The result is often lower grades, lower self-esteem, family problems or even behavior issues.
Visual learners, on the other hand, happen to naturally match how the school environment is organized.
They think in pictures, can sit still for longer periods of time, are neat and organized, are great long term planners, turn what they read into pictures, and can quickly recall what they've read because they see it in images in their mind.
Remember the old saying, "One picture is worth a thousand words?" Well, it's actually true according to the latest brain research.
When a person takes a written test, brain research says they can retrieve images and convert them into words much faster than if they try to talk to themselves, and then write the words down on the test.
The same is true for kinesthetic/hands-on learners.
Their "feelings" about what they have learned are not easily converted into the words or information they may need during a written test.
In other words, if your child is not using visual learning strategies your child may know the information before the test, but simply can't show it in the written form.
The good news is that every child can quickly learn to add a few visual learning strategies, no matter what their preferred learning style.
The more visual, picture learning style strategies they can add, the faster they can match how they are tested (visually), and the faster they get those higher grades.
It's quite simple really.
So, love, adore and respect how your child learns best AND show them how to add a few more visual strategies so they know "how to win the school game".
The secret is, by following the steps in this article and you can empower your child by showing them how to add the visual thinking strategies they need to quickly raise their grades to A's and B's.
Use The Eye-Brain Connection To Help Your Child Add Visual Learning Strategies If the school measures your child's progress with visual style written or standardized testing, it stands to reason that you'll want to help them add visual learning strategies to get higher scores on those tests.
You can find out how to help your child use more visual strategies by knowing what their Eye-Brain Connection is.
This will be the place that their eyes move to when they recall a picture.
So, watch your child's eyes whenever they remember a picture in their mind.
Every child looks either up to the left or up to the right, above eye level, they are using their Eye-Brain Connection.
It's almost like an inner blackboard.
Test this out for yourself.
Ask your child to remember what their best friend was wearing yesterday or what their favorite picture looks like and you'll know instantly where they look when they recall a picture.
Then tell them to use this up to the left, or up to the right visual, eye-brain location both as they study, and during the written test.
They will be able to translate everything they studied into pictures, and then quickly retrieve those pictures during the written test.
Insider tip: Tell your child to look up, above eye level, at new information they are learning, and create mental snapshots just as if they are at the movies.
Add color and movement to these inner pictures.
All this helps them match a visual learning style with a visual written testing style when they study and when they recall the information during the written test.
Determine whether undetected, vision-related learning problems are hindering your child's reading ability Nearly everything in school requires excellent reading skills.
If your child does not see the printed page the same way A+ readers do, their grades will suffer.
Vision and eyesight are not the same.
Eyesight is simply the ability to see clearly.
Vision is the ability to make meaning from what you see.
The typical school vision screening consists of a "distance" eyesight test only, and is unrelated to reading a book at close up.
So, listen to your child read aloud.
Does your child skip lines, miss punctuation, add or omit words or letters, know a word on one page and not another? Does your child quickly get tired of reading and complain that he or she does not want to read?The national PTA says that more than 1 in 4 children suffer from undiagnosed vision problems, and former President Jimmy Carter is now the official spokesperson for a non-profit program known as InfantSee.
Several thousand optometrists are providing eye exams for children under one year of age to make sure that their eye health and visual perceptual skills are in tip top shape.
Make sure to take your child to a developmental optometrist for a full, learning-related vision exam, so you'll know whether he or she sees the printed page the way you to and whether or not you need to correct any visual problems that are making reading difficult for your child.
Some simple vision exercises can make the eyes work together as a team, and will help your child read at or even above grade level.
Assess your child's phonics skills Once you've discovered whether your child has a good visual foundation, you'll want to know if their phonics skills are up to par so they can continue their reading progress.
There are many phonics programs available, but do some research first.
Not all of them are comprehensive and include phonics skills from beginning to end.
Some programs are full of games, but don't include everything your child needs.
Establish your child's motivation strategy There will be times when you're child is not motivated and many parents ask me to know how to change this.
It's easy.
Think back to a time when you were motivated to do something that you'd been putting off ( paying taxes, losing weight or cleaning out the garage).
How did you motivate yourself to do those things? What did you see, hear or feel that finally kicked you into high gear to get them done? Do a little detective work and you'll discover your child's motivation strategy.
When you do, you'll know the secret to motivating them instantly.
Make Sure Your Child is A Super Speller If your child or homeschooler is taking spelling tests, here's the secret that all good spellers use.
They see a picture of the word in their mind.
Just ask any spelling bee champion! Most words are not spelled as they sound, so practicing spelling aloud before a test creates a mis-match between how the words are learned and how your child is being tested on them.
Use the same visual strategy I mentioned above to recall any spelling words.
Have your child get a strip of colored paper, write the word with one of those thin tipped markers, and use a different color for the letters that don't sound they same way they are spelled.
Then, hold the strip of paper up above eye level, and snap a mental picture of the word.
Do this several times, practice in writing only, and have your child look up, where they recall the picture the best, to remember how it looks during the test.
Use music to make your child smarter Did you know that specific types of music make your child smarter? New studies have shown that something called "The Mozart Effect" actually rewires your child's brain and improves both learning and memory.
At The University of California, Irvine, using specific music while learning, students' spatial IQ scores were raised by at least 10 points.
At UCLA, studies by a leading geneticist, shows a molecular basis for the Mozart Effect actually improving learning and memory.
Having the Mozart Effect music playing softly in the background as your child studies will have a dramatic effect on their ability to recall what they've studied.
Feed your child the smart foods to make them focus longer and think faster.
When you send your child to school without breakfast or with sugary snacks in their stomach, their blood sugar goes up and then drops quickly, making it harder to concentrate.
Medical science says feeding them protein keeps their blood sugar more stable.
The effects on their brain and body are superb; they'll be able to think faster and concentrate for longer periods of time.
Give your child eggs, fish, nuts, peanut butter (without sugar in it) cheese or meats of some kind.
They'll thank you and you'll see the results when they come home with those higher grades.
If they are taking tests in the afternoon, make sure they have a protein snack before the test.
Note: The Center for Disease Control says Type II diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in children under 18.
Too much sugar in their diet turns to fat and adds to unhealthy weight gain.
Do two things: keep the sugar to a minimum, read labels and omit the un-healthy hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats from their diet.
The National Institute of Health says there is no acceptable safe level of trans-fat (hydrogenated fat) in the diet.
Eat the "smart fats" known as omega 3 oils.
These high quality fish oils are proven in numerous studies to make your child think faster and improve memory.
Eliminate those pesky test taking jitters Does your child get the jitters so bad that it interferes with their ability to take their tests? Lots of kids do, but there's a quick solution.
Here's how to eliminate those jitters forever.
It's a little-known technique called "Act as If" and athletes use it all the time.
Have your child sit as if they are totally successful, put their head high, look up to the ceiling, shoulders back and take a few deep breaths.
Their brain and body will now be in perfect physiological shape to concentrate.
Their brain is calling the shots and they'll abolish those jitters once and for all.
Looking up helps them get more visual too.
Also, have your child study in the same room he or she will be taking the written test in.
This will make the room more familiar and your child feel better during the test.
Make picture perfect summaries Memory experts use brain-compatible "Picture Perfect Summaries" to recall any chapter they've studied, steps in a math or science process, the sequence of points in an essay, etc.
A "Picture Perfect Summary" is drawn on a blank, colored sheet of paper, with pictures and associations connecting all the ideas.
It cuts learning time in half and reinforces memory because your child actually makes a mental snapshot of their Summary.
Have your child place a circle in the center of the page using those colorful thin-tipped markers.
Add spokes coming out of the edge of the circle for the words and pictures that they will connect to the main topic listed in the center of the circle.
As an example, place the main subject of a chapter in the center of the circle and list the sub-headings or other important information on the spokes around the circle in a clock-wise direction.
Have your child add pictures that remind them of the sub-heading ideas, hold the Summary up above eye-level (this is called the Eye-Brain Connection Visual Memory Strategy) and take that mental snapshot.
During the test, have your child look back up at their mental snapshot and they'll easily recall what they need to know for their test.
Use this list as the ultimate guide to higher grades.
Getting those amazing grades is no longer a mystery and just imagine your child's next report card with all A's and B's.
Your whole family will celebrate your child's success!

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