Knowing your child’s learning orientation will make it much easier for you to support your school effort. Do you know if you really appreciate your child’s learning personality?

The 8 most important learning personalities

We have compiled the most common 8 learning personalities for you. Here you will get tips on how to best deal with the learning personalities and what is good for them. This supports effective learning, saves time and improves grades.

I learn relaxed and structured.

8 Learning personalities from German school classes

Children are very different and also learn very differently. Without wanting to put them in drawers, different methods of access to learning can be identified. The following 8 learning personalities can be found in almost every school class.

1. Features for the “vertical starter”

  • Did your child show unusual performances before school, could something read and calculate, for example?
  • Does your child have older siblings who have prepared them for school? Was it very interested in the school of his siblings?
  • Does your child have no siblings and are therefore mainly with devoted adults who have strongly supported them from birth?
  • Were your child’s performance particularly good at the beginning of primary school and have adapted to the average over the years?
  • Did your child have and have intensive support from home in home work and learning?
This is what the learning personality “Senkrechtstarter” needs

Vertical starters have usually brought their knowledge and good performances with them through intensive support from home. At school, therefore, they are a long way ahead of their classmates. Over time, however, the performances become relative and the vertical starter will also settle down to a normal level. Now it is no better or worse than the average of the class. Instead of further intensive support, vertical starters needed emotional support. Give him loving support and build his self-confidence. Then he can build on his old achievements and achieve good successes on his own.

2. Features for the “late igniter”

  • Is your child still very playful?
  • Does your child have friends who are usually slightly younger than themselves?
  • Was your child later educated, attended a pre-class or stayed in kindergarten for a year longer?
  • Is your child very affectionate, dare little?
  • Does your child have difficulty getting used to primary school?
This is what the learning personality “Late Igniter” needs

At the moment, the German education system is characterised by the fact that it requires early enrolment and makes provisions more difficult. This is a tricky situation forthe late igniter, because it takes more time than the other children. If possible, he should only come to school at the age of six or even sevenin order to be able to live out his long playful phase. If he is not put under pressure and can develop undisturbed, he often achieves quite good performances by moving to secondary school. Late igniters demand the patience of their parents, which is then rewarded. Perhaps your child needs the detour through secondary schoolto become aware of their learning potential.

Learning personality
I’m a Normalo

3. Features for the “Normalo”

  • Is your child rather inconspicuous in his class, is there really little to complain about his or her learning behavior?
  • Does your child do their homework on their own?
  • Is your child mentally stable?
  • Do your child like to go to school and have friends there?
  • Does your child have good grades without having to do much for it?
This is what the learning personality “Normalo” needs

The “Normalo” corresponds exactly to the type of pupil for which the German school system was designed. Depending on his performance, intelligence and work behaviour, he fits smoothly into the tripartite school system. It is rather inconspicuous and requires little support.

Such a child is often referred to as “easy to care for”. It is only in comparison with the other learning characters that parents realize how relaxed their child’s school career is. In the higher classes, it may be necessary for him to get some tutoring to keep his grades.

4. Characteristics for the “hard-working bee”

  • Does your child take learning at school particularly seriously?
  • Does it always do its homework carefully and always does the hard work or additional tasks?
  • Does your child take school more seriously than his hobbies?
  • Does your child attach great importance to good grades?
  • Does your child always have neatly managed notebooks and almost never forget to do anything for school?
This requires the learning personality “hard-working bee”

These children are enormously ambitious and learn all by themselves. Parents would do well not to incite this ambition, because their child is already under enough pressure. Its continuous learning and performance performance does not create any knowledge gaps and the existing potential, which can of course be very different, is optimally exploited.

Make sure your ambitious child has enough rest breaks and that one or the other bad grade doesn’t take too much of a bad note. Balancing with school, a lot of movement and a solid circle of friends help to steer his ambition in a sensible direction.

5. Characteristics for the “smart professor”

  • Is your child characterized by great curiosity and interest?
  • Do your child like to question the knowledge that they have learned at school?
  • Do your child like to go to exhibitions or museums and acquire special knowledge there? Does it read special books?
  • Does your child sometimes seem old-fashioned, discussed like an adult?
  • Does your child like to talk to adults and are quickly bored by their peers?
This is what the learning personality “smart professor” needs

These inquisitive and intelligent children are grateful for any form of exciting information. Give them the opportunity to continue their education according to their standards. Weekend trips to the local attractions, tv shows and exciting hobbies satisfy his hunger.

Maybe you also have a children’s university near you, which made exciting educational offers during the holidays. However, leisure and sport must not be neglected, otherwise the important contact with other children will be neglected.

6. Features for the “Minimalist”

  • Doesn’t your child take school very seriously and aren’t they particularly upset about poor grades?
  • Does your child only do the most necessary to meet the school requirements?
  • Does your child attach great importance to his hobbies and his friends?
  • Do you think your child can do more than they show?
  • Does your child learn the most necessary for work and like to rely on his or her happiness?
This is what the learning personality “Minimalist” needs

With the least effort, he tries to achieve the best result. If it is a powerful child, the grades will be in the upper third. However, a low-performance child will only ever end up at the end of the performance curve.

Since the minimalist lacks the motivation to learn, he needs many suggestions from outside. With learning contracts and a lot of recognition and praise for good performances, they may be able to get more out of it. Perhaps you know the behavior of yourself or your partner?

Often there is more than one minimalist in the family.

7. Characteristics for the “overflyers”

  • Is your child extremely inquisitive and curious?
  • Is your child quickly bored at school because they don’t learn anything new?
  • Does your child have unusual abilities for his age, or is he simply far ahead of his classmates in all areas?
  • Does your child have trouble making friends with their peers?
  • Do your child’s teachers complain that it disrupts the classroom and distracts classmates?
This is what the learning personality “overflyer” needs

You will find the flyer rare right during learning, because the knowledge flies to him. From the very first time he reads it, he knows exactly what it is about, and his memory is phenomenal. In an IQ test, he will reach at least 130 and thus be one of the most gifted.

At school, he can either skip a class or deal with additional tasks – the normal learning material will not fill it. He should fill his free time with demanding things: learn an instrument, speak a rare language, play chess, etc.

8. Characteristics for the “learning deniers”

  • Does your child have difficulty accepting foreign-determined learning at school?
  • Does your child find it hard to do homework completely because they don’t feel like it?
  • Does your child lack the motivation to make an effort at school?
  • Does your child not recognize the authority of teachers?
  • Does your child care about the consequences of poor grades or poor school performance?
This is what the learning personality “learning deniers” needs

Despite good intelligence, dedicated teachers and loving parents, these children are simply not interested in learning at school. The learner prefers to work practically, create something with his hands and not remain stuck in theory.

If the behavior does not change at all during primary school, you should not let your child be taught longer than necessary. Find out which profession he might enjoy and look for a training place there after the regular school ingestry.