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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Focus on the Family; 1 edition (April 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561794147
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561794140
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Bring out the best in your children—by understanding the way they learn.
If you’re frustrated that your child isn’t learning the way you did, chances are he or she is too! In this practical resource, Cynthia Ulrich Tobias explains that understanding how you both learn can make all the difference.

An expert in education and learning styles, the author offers practical guidance for teaching to your child’s strengths—both at home and in school—even when his or her learning style is very different from your own. Enlightening and informative, this book will help you with these issues:
  • the different ways children perceive and order information
  • four learning styles and how your style and your child’s may differ
  • how to bring out your child’s greatest strengths
  • ways to help your child grasp and remember what’s being taught
  • tips for advocating for your child with teachers
  • how your involvement can increase your child’s success at school
Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, or teacher, this book offers concrete help for guiding the children in your care onto their very best path to learning—now and for a lifetime.

More About the Author

Cynthia Ulrich Tobias is founder and CEO of AppLe St. (Applied Learning Styles) and coordinates education and commerce programs throughout North America and internationally. She is a speaker and the best-selling author of several books including Every Child Can Succeed, Bring out the Best in Your Child, Do You Know What I Like About You? and You Can't Make Me (But I Can be Persuaded). She lives near Seattle, Washington.

Customer Reviews

I am so impressed with the simplicity and utility of Ms. Tobias' book.
Susan Caustin
By learning the different styles of how kids learn I am able to teach to teach each child individually!
Sherry Masters
There's at least one quiz in the book to help you figure out your learning style.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

253 of 267 people found the following review helpful By B. Newman on June 22, 2001
Format: Paperback
I truly enjoyed this book. Ulrich manages to give meaningful yet simple overviews of various methods of establishing "types" of learning styles and people. She uses the Gregorc model of mind styles as the premise for the entire book, dovetailing it with some other well-known and scientifically researched theories. Her manner of presenting the information in terms of parent/child really was insightful for me and very useful in understanding my strong-willed young children and myself. HOWEVER, after she peaked my interest I was driven to find out more about the Gregorc Mind Styles which she so heavily relies upon for the book and in the process of doing so discovered that Dr. Gregorc, the creator of the Mind Styles model used by Ulrich, quite adamantly abandoned the model for use with children and students due to unreliable scientific results and "danger" to children. It would do one well to visit Gregorc Associates Inc. on the web and place Ulrich's information in context and read Dr. Gregorc's own lengthy comments on why he does not use the Mind Styles delineator with children. In light of Dr. Gregorc's reservations about using his own model with children I think it's quite surprising that Ulrich would use it as the basis for her entire book on how children learn. I think you'll find this book a fun read and most likely helpful in many of your relationships, not just with your children. But Dr. Gregorc has convinced me to be cautious in how I apply and assess these styles with respect to my children. I intend not to take it too seriously, and certainly not to label my children with one particular "style." I wish Ulrich had addressed Gregorc's research-based reasons for not applying it to children in order to put things better in perspective.Read more ›
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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Kim on February 7, 1999
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'The Way They Learn' is an excellent book on the learning styles of all children AND adults. It is written so that parents can understand it and begin to identify and search out the strengths of both their children and themselves. Ms. Tobias is careful to warn parents of the dangers of having children inaccurately labled as having a learning disability, when in fact it may be that the child simply has a different learning style than both his teacher and/or parent. No matter what learning style your child may have... when all is said and done, they are to be held accountable for the end result. I may need absolute quiet to concentrate on my homework, while my sister needs that stereo going and food to munch. If both our assignments are completed on time... then 'that was the point!' I am not a 'reader', but I read this book in one night after having the good fortune of hearing Ms. Tobias speak in Northern New Jersey this weekend. My husband and I have one daughter, we work full-time and have taught Bible classes for many grade school ages over the past 10 years. Having read this book we feel it will help us better understand and be able to more effectively deal with our daughter and our co-workers. It will also help us to be sure we are reaching all styles in our classroom rather than just concentrating on the 'majority'. Ms. Tobias is an excellent speaker as she is both insightful and entertaining. I highly recommend both her book and the opportunity to hear her speak.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23, 1999
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I can't say enough good things about this book. I feel every parent should be given one in the hospital and every teacher should be required to read it before certification. Tobias' insight and explanations of learning styles saved me from pulling my hair out (or having it all turn gray) with my wonderfully bright, definitely analytical/structual son. Her ten comandments for each style helps the reader see what affects, both bad and good, a person's actions can have on different learning styles. Her suggestions on various approaches to learning have opened a whole new world for both my son and myself. I believe this book offers insight that will allow EVERY student to be successful.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "alslilman" on August 16, 2001
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This book provides valuable information about how children deal with new information as they grow and develop, which also lends to pratical application for understanding adult behavior. It explains different learning styles with examples of how to best assist the learner in his or her growth, both personal and intellectual. This book is written in an easy to read, interesting format that involves the reader while providing a wealth of information. I feel this book is extremely helpful for parents, teachers and anyone interested in taking an active role in fostering a child's education and development.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Susan Caustin on October 11, 1999
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I am so impressed with the simplicity and utility of Ms. Tobias' book. Suddenly, it makes sense that one kid can learn with the radio on (which always drives me nuts) and another always studies best while lying on the floor. Every teacher should read this book. A home run!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By M. Lowmiller on November 22, 1998
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Tobias's book, "The Way They Learn" is a well structured composite of the five most useable theories of learning styles. Being an experienced teacher, and having focused on my students' styles of learning over the past years, I have seen a remarkable increase in student involvement in the learning process when the activity is matched to the learning style of the child. The introductory chapters give a good foundation for understanding the learning style models, but I particulary like parents to read and discuss with me the chapters on how we concentrate, how we remember, and how we understand. Parents are often amazed that their children can learn very easily in a completely different environment than they need to focus and concentrate. This book not only gives the basics, but along the way gives lots of good tips for working with children on specific learning problem areas. All teachers and parents should know this research exists and is accurately useful.
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