We all experience the world differently, absorbing and processing information in our own ways. Understanding how a child interprets information helps teachers to make their pupils’ learning far more effective. In this respect, Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) provides educators with useful tools to enhance their students’ learning experiences.
The founder of Flying Start Tuition, Sian Goodspeed, is also a certified NLP practitioner. NLP approaches are key to Flying Start’s unique tuition strategy, supporting children in overcoming limiting beliefs about themselves and enabling them to take a calm and focussed approach to their learning. Here Sian explains how NLP can boost your child’s confidence and help them to become an independent learner and thinker.
What is Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)?
Often used in business, NLP is a self-development technique which helps people to manage their thoughts and emotions in order to enjoy better relationships, develop their leadership abilities and deepen their self-belief.
How does NLP work?
NLP recognises that how we interpret information and our emotional response to that interpretation drives our decisions and behaviours. Using NLP techniques allows us to become aware of this process, giving us the power to change our thinking and behaviour to bring about a more successful outcome.
How is NLP used in the classroom?
When children learn they are interpreting and storing information, so NLP’s focus on how we respond to information makes it an ideal tool to use in the classroom. In particular, NLP’s identification of three main learning styles helps teachers to make their lessons accessible to all learners:
- Visual learners: A visual learner will respond best to information communicated visually, for example through videos, demonstrations, charts and texts
- Auditory learners:An auditory learner likes to have things explained aloud
- Kinaesthetic learners:A kinaesthetic learner prefers to do an activity, such as an experiment, independently.
When applying NLP in the classroom, a teacher will use various techniques to identify their students’ individual learning styles and then will adjust their methods and materials to make sure that every student has the best possible opportunity to take in information.
What are the benefits of using NLP learning strategies?
Recognising that learning is more than a memorisation exercise uncovers pathways to more effective and enjoyable learning experiences. A child using all of his or her senses when learning something new will gain a deeper understanding of a topic whilst discovering ways to communicate their own thoughts on the subject meaningfully. As a result, students gain more confidence in their ability to learn and so perform better!
At Flying Start Tuition, we incorporate many NLP tools and techniques into our lessons. They are embedded in our lesson plans and all staff members, including tutors and teaching assistants, are trained in the methods, with a number of staff being qualified NLP practitioners.
To discover how NLP strategies could benefit your child’s learning, contact us today and book your free trial lesson!
Look out for our upcoming blogs in which we will discuss some of our favourite NLP strategies, including the anchoring technique and the learning state.
You can also learn more about our approach to NLP here.