When touch screen phones came out they allowed people to watch movies on the way to work or while laying in bed. Then came along tablets. With tablets, people could, well…watch movies on their way to work or while laying in bed on a bigger screen!

And while it’s true that tablets are great at doing these tasks, they can also be used a powerful learning platform for your child, including being able to identify your child’s learning challenges. Keep reading to find out more.

Imagine the following example where your child is studying for an upcoming exam using paper flash cards.

  • Your student begins their study in their room or learning space
  • They close the door or are out of sight
  • You can hear some slight mumbling
  • They emerge at the end of their study time
  • The best response you receive when you ask how it went is a ‘fine’.

If this is the regular routine in your home then the chances then you, as a parent, have a limited understanding of how your child’s study period went or if they came up against any challenges. However, let’s imagine that you visited the Groupon Coupons page for Microsoft Store to pick up an affordable tablet and provided it as a teaching tool for your youngster..

  • Your student begins their study in their room or learning space with a flashcard app on their tablet device
  • They close the door or are out of sight
  • You can hear some slight mumbling
  • They emerge at the end of their study time
  • They hand you their tablet device

With the tablet in your hands, you can easily access the learning which will provide detailed information about their study period, such as:

  • How long your student actually studied for
  • Which prompts took the longest time to respond to
  • Which prompts took the shortest time to respond to
  • What was your child’s average response time
  • How often each prompt was required to be repeated

This information is valuable to both parents and teachers for identifying any learning challenges that a student is facing. It is also a great way to help your child make their study sessions more productive by directing them to focus on the areas of their study which are more difficult and to spend less time with the lessons they have already memorized and understand.

You see, if a student is left alone to study then they will naturally focus the majority of their study time on the lessons which they find easy. And can you blame them? After all, who doesn’t love an easy study period? However, as you know, this isn’t the best use of their study time.

Introducing your child to a tablet device is a decision that only a parent can make, however, it’s important to understand that, despite you using your own device for entertainment purposes, tablets can be powerful teaching aids, and, in this case, can be great at identifying whether or not a child is experiencing any learning difficulties and requires help to reach their learning potential.

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