Advice for Students: How to Study Based on your Learning Style

11We know that every individual has a different learning style. In recent years, a large majority of our elementary schools and high schools have re-engineered their curriculums to reflect these differences. Even our encyclopedia-sized textbooks have been modified to include more images and charts, and some even include access to interactive programs for digital learning.

Depending on your area of study, most post-secondary programs continue to be delivered in the oral and verbal traditions. However, each student should tailor their study methods to their unique learning style in order to help retention of information.

Visual Learners

Visual learners learn best with charts and diagrams. If the information that you’re studying is not available in chart format- make one! Visual learners can arrange information on a chart to just organize their thoughts, even for read and write based tasks such as essay-writing. Visual learners will also benefit from using highlighters in their learning process and developing their own highlighting system to represent different information.

Auditory Learners

Auditory learners should try to incorporate audio-based learning techniques for maximum effectiveness. It can be as simple as reading aloud while studying to help retain information. Many auditory learners find it helpful to record lectures so they may listen to it again afterwards. The use of word association may be helpful, such as using mnemonic devices to remember facts. While a lot of students find studying with music to be helpful, auditory learners should avoid this since it may be more distracting.

Read and Write Learners

Luckily for read and write learners, their learning style molds to the conventional education delivery method of reading textbooks and taking notes. Students should take notes- lots of notes- and read them over to help with retention. The process of reading, interpreting, putting into their own words, and writing these down again is very effective for read and write learners. Unfortunately, most read and write learners don’t learn well though diagrams and charts, so they should turn them into words where applicable.

Kinesthetic Learners

Kinesthetic learners learn best while physically doing something and discovering things on their own. Since they are not best-suited to a traditional classroom setting, kinesthetic learners may prefer a college setting where a learn-by-doing method is more is more common. However, if you must study, it’s best to do so in short blocks to avoid getting distracted. Kinesthetic learners should use plenty of examples and metaphors to bring concepts to life. The use of note cards and stress balls is also helpful since it gives kinesthetic learners something to do with their hands while studying.

As you’ve probably already guessed, most individuals don’t categorically fall under one type of learning style. Most of us may predominantly identify as one type of learner, but still borrow elements from the other learning styles. Only experience will teach what works for you and what doesn’t.

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