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Study Tips for Different Learning Styles
Transcript of Study Tips for Different Learning Styles
So what kind of learner do you think you are?
More study tips to integrate all learning styles
Kinesthetic learning strategies
Auditory Learning Strategies
Visual Strategies for Learning
Study Tips for Different Learning Styles
Your learning style could influence whether or not you absorb information. But many people have no idea what their learning style is.
There are three basic learning styles:
Most of us have more than one type of learning style. Today we will talk about different learning styles and how to study more effectively.
Let's see if you are a visual learner. Keep track of which apply to you. If you're a visual learner,
You picture what you're learning in your head.
You might prefer charts and other visuals to spoken information.
You would much prefer to look at a map than hear someone describe where to go.
If you're a visual learner, you might say things like:
"I see what you mean."
"Let's see how it works."
"I can't quite picture it."
"I'd like to get a different perspective."
"I never forget a face."
you learn best by reading and seeing pictures.
Think you might be a visual learner? Most people are.
Now let's hear if you might be an auditory learner.
Check how many of these apply to you. If you're an auditory learner,
You learn best by hearing and listening.
You understand and remember things you hear.
(You would ROCK at this game.)
You store information by the way it sounds, and you might have an easier time understanding spoken instructions rather than written ones.
You often learn better by reading aloud because you have to hear it and speak it to retain it better.
You probably hum or talk to yourself when you're bored.
Auditory learners prefer:
Using their voices to explain things
Music, conversations and phone calls
Discussions in class
Argument, debate and discussion
Think you might be an auditory learner? If you are, you're in luck as most classrooms cater to auditory methods of learning.
Now let's explore whether you might be a kinesthetic learner.
Check how many of these apply to you. If you're a kinesthetic learner,
You learn by touching and doing. You understand and remember things though physical movement.
You might like taking things apart and putting them together again. You might tinker or fidget when you're bored.
prefer direct involvement
tend to move around a lot
like to participate in learning
like to do things rather than read about them
talk with their hands
enjoy seeing a demonstration
So what can we do to retain information better?
Interestingly enough, scientific studies have found that people do not only learn "in one way." Rather, we have strengths and weakness with different learning styles.
We get in trouble when we use only ONE method of learning, such as just hearing class lectures or only watching videos.
"Mixing things up" will help us sharpen our attentions and retain information, so really a combination of strategies is what we really need.
So, for example, in your classrooms do not rely on lectures to retain what you need. In your online classes, do not rely only on what you read and see.
Take notes during lectures. Draw pictures to help you visualize information.
Make and use flashcards. The act of writing out information and reviewing them in small chunks will help increase comprehension.
Watch YouTube videos or documentaries about the subject in order to "see" it.
Khan Academy has many free videos on math (everything from early math to calculus), science, economics and finance, history, music, philosophy, computing and test prep.
Sit near the front of the class where you can hear well. Ask your instructor if you can record the lecture on a recorder or your phone.
Create rhymes or jingles to remember information and practice humming or singing it.
Or take the rhythm from a famous tune or jingle and change it to fit your needs.
Read study material out loud. Record yourself on your phone and listen to it many times.
Discuss study materials with classmates (or anyone who will listen!)
After reading your textbook or novel for class, paraphrase out loud and tell someone about what you read.
Proofread your writing assignments out loud. You'll be able to catch mistakes more easily if you can hear them.
Draw pictures in class of the material being taught.
As you study, move around. Take breaks to burn off energy.
Make "Memory Cards"
One one set of cards, write vocabulary words/terms or questions. On another set, write definitions or answers to the questions. Mix them up and arrange them face down on a table and try to match them together.
In class, sit where you can actively participate with discussions.
Create flashcards that you can study with.
If it fits in with what you're studying, take a trip to enhance what you're learning.
For example, if you're taking a geography class and learning about rock formations or different kinds of environments, you can travel to a state park, like Yosemite, to observe what you're learning.
If you're learning about history, visit a local history museum.
If you're taking Spanish, visit an authentic Mexican restaurant and speak only Spanish.
Taking art history? Visit an art museum.
Taking astronomy? Visit a planetarium or go star-gazing.
Taking criminal justice? Schedule a tour with a local jail.
Taking geology? Tour a local state park or Google "online geology tours."
Taking poetry? Attend a local poetry slam.
Bring textbooks and lectures to life by watching documentaries or historically-based films.
Even MORE Tips to Help You Study Well
Vary your "study spots." Don't always study in the exact same place every time.
Even if today you learned you have a strength in a certain learning style, don't categorize yourself. Open yourself up to other learning strategies.
In the same way, don't assume that if you were bad at something once, that you'll always bad. Don't go into a math class thinking how you were terrible at math in grade school. Instead, think of each class and each day as a new opportunity to grow.
Probably the most important tip: manage your time well. Don't study at the last minute.
Study in small chunks of time throughout the semester. Set aside 15-20 every other day to read and review information, play with flashcards, or use any other learning method we talked about today.
Today we talked about three learning styles (Visual, Auditory and Tactile) but have learned that synthesizing different learning strategies works best.