The Difference in Learning by Gender and One to One

one to one tuitionEducators have long been aware of the difference in learning styles, especially when dealing in one to one tuition. Our children are our most precious commodities. Ensuring that they have a road to their future paved with all the tools for success they need is always of the upmost importance. Obviously, focusing on their education is on the top of the priority list.

GIRLS- LANGUAGE AND READING

While young boys and girls share many similarities, they also have some much-defined differences aside from the obvious. Language skills for example; young girls generally develop more complex verbal skills than boys more quickly. This generally makes reading and writing less of a challenge for girls than boys.
The slightly superior language skills that girls demonstrate are not limited to just primary school either. Statistically their language will surpass the boys well into their secondary school years as well. As a matter of fact, girls will be on average a year ahead of boys in reading and writing skills by the time they reach secondary school.

SPATIAL SUBJECTS EASIER FOR BOYS?

Boys have their fair share of subjects that they outdo the girls on however. It’s no secret that boys tend to be less empathetic and have more of an impulsive and competitive disposition than girls. On the other hand they have far superior spatial skills that make mathematics and science skills less challenging for them. It’s these spatial skills that give them the upper hand when it comes to drawing and understanding maps, graphs and other technical drawings.
As far as their slightly inferior reading and writing capabilities go, some teachers believe that the gap between girls and boys language skills is not the only issue when it comes to why girls surpass boys to the level they do in reading and writing. Boys’ competitive nature is also believed to be a contributing factor. Some educators believe boys feel demoralized by their female counterparts therefore hindering their overall achievement.

ENCOURAGEMENT AND MOTIVATION IS KEY

The term it takes a village to raise a child is crucial to keep in mind when supporting your child’s educational development. When your child expresses frustration pertaining to struggles in all or certain subjects, it is important that you encourage them to seek extra help from their teachers as well as encouraging them yourself. Explain to them that by no means are they the only one amongst their peers who is having difficulty and that their teacher is there to help, and also is eager to do so. Most importantly though, let them know that you are proud of them for trying their best regardless of the result. A confident and supported child will always be a more successful one.

 

References

http://www.journeytoexcellence.org.uk/resourcesandcpd/research/summaries/rsgenderineducation.asp

http://people.brunel.ac.uk/~ecstssp/webfiles/uniperform4.PDF

Comments

  • Jamie
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    This is really interesting. I haven’t given much thought to how biological sex or gender could affect learning styles. Looking back on my elementary days, I do seem to remember the girls in general doing better at reading and writing tasks. And I definitely believe that men have better spatial skills. I’m awful at maps and anything related to navigation. I wonder if schools that aren’t co-ed adopt different learning plans because of these differences. That would be an interesting method.