Part 1: An overview of the 5 major categories of learning abilities a child needs
Part 2: An analyse of the learning process based on example questions
In this final part, we will provide parents with some behavioural indicators that they can use to carry out a ‘DIY’ assessment of their child’s level of learning abilities.
(Do NOTE, however, that these indicators are not meant for any diagnosis purposes, but rather to provide parents with a better understanding of the area(s) of learning their child may be having difficulty with)
How to do the ‘DIY’ assessment?
For each category of learning ability, there are 4 statements given. Keeping your child’s learning observations in mind, answer YES or NO to each of the statements.
Area 1: Comprehension (Speed of learning and understanding)
(i) Understands multiple instructions and sentences effectively
(ii) Grasp connections between questions or parts of a question
(iii) Able to ‘catch’ question by reading it once
(iv) Has a strong level of vocabulary
Area 2: Memory (Capacity for storing and retrieval)
(i) Remembers what the question is asking (get started immediately w/o re-reading)
(ii) Able to write down the answer from recalling (without having to refer back)
(iii) Remembers what homework needs to be done
(iv) Aware of the days of the week and schedule of activities
Area 3: Problem Solving (Ability to arrive at answers)
(i) Has a systematic way of solving questions or completing a piece of work
(ii) Does not ‘get stuck’ half-way through solving the question
(iii) Is organised in things (room, belongings, work,etc)
(iv) Can suggest effective solutions to solve daily problems
Area 4: Evaluation (Ability to judge and decide what needs to be done)
(i) Is responsible at getting work started and done
(ii) Can foresee implications and consequences of actions (stays out of trouble)
(iii) *Insist on doing things the way they want (even though it’s not effective)
(iv) *Makes careless mistakes in work
(*These statements with a ‘YES’ answer means a negative behaviour)
Area 5: Creativity (Level of adaptability and flexibility)
(i) Has a different perspective to things around them
(ii) Able to suggest different ways of doing things or playing games
(iii) Has difficulty accepting being told exactly what to do
(iv) Able to draw with details
**If you have concerns for 2 or more statements in any of the learning category, it could mean that your child has not fully maximise his/her potential in that learning area.
Just as an athlete performs better if he has stronger foundational skills, your child will learn more effectively when they are adequately equipped with the skills needed for learning.