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Study Tips: Learning Styles

Tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your studies.

What is your learning style?


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visual

Characteristics:

  1. Learns better by watching or reading.
  2. Prefers the uses of visual objects such as graphs, charts, pictures, etc.
  3. Able to memorize and recall various information.
  4. Tends to remember things that are written down.

 

Learning Strategies:

  1. Use outlines or mind maps to review for exams. The most common way to do this is to put the main idea in the center of the page, then draw branches out to secondary ideas to see how different concepts relate to each other.
  2. Use Flash cards to remember important details and facts.
  3. Use pictures, diagrams, charts, maps, and other graphics to aid you in learning.
  4. Keep a few different highlighters when you take notes, so you can group similar ideas together and underline important points.

 

Auditory

Characteristics:

  1. Learns better through hearing and speaking.
  2. Prefers to be told how to do things.
  3. Summarizes the main points out loud to help with memorization.
  4. May concentrate better with soft music playing in the background.

Learning Strategies:

  1. To prepare for exams, rehearse or say information out loud.
  2. Use auditory tools such as lectures, videos, discussions and recordings.
  3. Discuss what you are learning with other students, a friend, or study group.
  4. Participate actively in class discussions.

 

Kinesthetic

Characteristics:

  1. Learns better using a hands-on approach.
  2. Prefers to learn using demonstration, followed by doing the activity.
  3. Practicing a task helps with memorization.
  4. Sitting still may inhibit learning.

Strategies:

  1. Walk around as you study.
  2. Take notes on textbook readings and lectures.
  3. Use tools such as flash cards and mnemonics.
  4. Take frequent breaks.

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References

Bepko Learning Center. (2014). Three learning styles. Retrieved from http://blc.uc.iupui.edu/AcademicEnrichment/StudySkills/LearningStyles/3LearningStyles.aspx

LearningRx. (2014). Types of learning styles. Retrieved from http://www.learningrx.com/types-of-learning-styles-faq.htm

The Trustees of Indiana University. (2014). Three learning styles. Retrieved from http://blc.uc.iupui.edu/AcademicEnrichment/StudySkills/LearningStyles/3LearningStyles.aspx

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