Know Your Learning Style
Everybody learns differently. Some of us learn best when we hear the material (auditory learner). Others need to see the information in order to retain it (Visual learner), while others learn best by doing (kinesthetic learner). Though we may have one style that we lean towards, often we are a combination of the three.
Below are some study techniques organized by learning style that can help you focus and maximize your efficiency while studying.
What type of learner am I?
Auditory Learner Characteristics
Auditory learners are those who learn best through hearing things. Look over these traits to see if they sound familiar to you. You may be an auditory learner if you are someone who:
Likes to read to self out loud.
Is not afraid to speak in class.
Likes oral reports.
Is good at explaining.
Notices sound effects in movies.
Is good at grammar and foreign language.
Follows spoken directions well.
Can’t keep quiet for long periods.
Enjoys acting, being on stage.
Is good in study groups.
Study Techniques that work for my style(s)
Auditory learners learn best from lectures, discussions, films, and music.
- Read notes aloud to yourself
- Have discussions with others about the material
- Listen to tapes of the book and/or your notes read aloud
- Review information OUT LOUD to yourself (try closing your eyes while you repeat facts).
- Use memory tricks involving rhythm and rhyme; make a song out of a list of information to memorize
Visual Learner Characteristics
Visual learners are those who learn through seeing things. Look over the characteristics below to see if they sound familiar. A visual learner:
Is good at spelling but forgets names.
Needs quiet study time.
Has to think awhile before understanding lecture.
Is good at spelling.
Likes colors & fashion.
Dreams in color.
Is good with sign language.
Visual learners learn best from films, pictures, reading and demonstrations.
- Take Notes
- Use Flash Cards
- Use color in your notes—highlight, underline
- Form pictures in your mind that links with the information
- Make charts and diagrams for the information
Kinesthetic Learner Characteristics
Kinesthetic learners are those who learn through experiencing/doing things. Look over these traits to see if they sound familiar to you. You may be a kinesthetic learner if you are someone who:
Is good at sports.
Can’t sit still for long.
Is not great at spelling.
Does not have great handwriting.
Likes science lab.
Studies with loud music on.
Likes adventure books, movies.
Likes role playing.
Takes breaks when studying.
Is involved in martial arts, dance.
Is fidgety during lectures.
Kinesthetic learners learn best from role playing, doing labs, and hands-on activities.
- Study in short blocks of time
- Move around while you study
- Role-play ideas and concepts; act as if you are the government leader and state why you do what you do.
- Use objects whenever possible
- Use Flashcards
- Use memory games
The more senses you involve and the wider variety of methods you use while studying, the more you remember!
Go to this website to find out what your learning style is!