How to Choose an Effective Learning Strategy

Determining how you learn is the first step understanding material, getting better grades, and developing a study technique. There are three basic learning styles: visual, tactile, and auditory.

Steps

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    Find some free time: approximately 30 minutes.
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    Find a learning environment. This could be a quiet room outside of normal classes. Bring a friend of a willing educator and sit one-on-one at desks or at a table.
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    Get out supplies as if you were going to begin class. This may include a notebook, textbook, and writing utensils.
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    Have the other person begin 'teaching' from the same book, or read material that the book covers.
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    Have them give you a list of terms and a summary of the material. Study these a few times.
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    Have then give you a model of the material (a drawing of a plant's life cycle, for example).
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    Question yourself. Did the voice of your partner replay in your head? Did the words from the terms and summary pop up in your mind? Or do you remember working with the model the most? Did you remember two of the exercises? All three?
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    Score your results. The first example was auditory, the second visual, and the third was tactile.
    • If you learn visually, make tons of notes on the material, use highlighters and page flags, and draw what comes into mind.
    • If you learn auditory, ask if you can record the class. You must ask. In some states, it is illegal to record without consent. If you can't, write notes, then record yourself saying them.
    • If you scored as a tactile learner, you may have to draw your own diagrams, find your own specimens, or perform your own experiments. Tactile learners may find modeling clay very helpful as you can form it to look like things.

Tips

  • In most classes, auditory and visual are the most common teaching methods.
  • Sometimes, tactile learners are also another type. If you can't access the makings of diagrams on a regular basis, you can rely on the other type.

Things You'll Need

  • Basic supplies

Article Info

Categories: Learning Techniques and Student Skills