How to Make the Most of Your Learning Style

Three Methods:Visual LearnersAuditory LearnersKinesthetic Learners

You learned everything you know in three different ways: through your eyes, your ears or by doing/touching/tasting. You probably learn best through one or two of these ways, making you a visual, auditory or kinesthetic learner. Finding out which is your learning style can help you use it to your advantage to play to your strengths.

Steps

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    Find your style. Do you learn a song by listening to it, by reading the lyrics/sheet music or by playing/singing it? Experiment with all three.
    • If you're really not sure, Google a "learning style quiz".

Method 1
Visual Learners

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    Read the textbook (or your notes). Highlight the key words.
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    Draw lots of diagrams, if possible on a large piece of poster board. Link concepts with arrows.
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    Use colors to highlight similar concepts. For instance, in history use different colors for economic, social and political events.
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    Watch videos on the subject.
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    Make flash cards.
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    To learn vocabulary words (for a foreign language class), write the nouns down on Post-It™ notes and then stick them on the corresponding objects so you’ll see them throughout the day. If not possible, make a drawing and then stick the Post-It on it. To review, un-stick all the Post-Its™ and try placing them again correctly.

Method 2
Auditory Learners

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    Pay extra attention in class to what the teacher says. Make an effort, it’ll pay.
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    Read out loud from the book. Tape yourself.
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    Movies help you also.
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    For a foreign language, tape yourself reading vocabulary words. Call a friend and have a conversation in that language.

Method 3
Kinesthetic Learners

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    Take notes during class.
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    Do something –anything— with the text besides just reading it. Take notes, copy key sentences, read out loud, whatever.
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    If your school has a lab available, use it.
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    For history, place action figures on a map and move them around accordingly.
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    For a foreign language, act out/touch/taste the vocabulary word. Stage a small play with a few friends using these objects/actions.
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    Act it out (role play)! The most obvious subjects that can be studied this way are history and literature, but with a little imagination you can act anything out. Grab a few friends, be the leaders of the First World War, the organs in the respiratory system, or the parts of an atom.
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    When studying at home, try reading and repeating notes while on an exercise bike, or any other workout machine, if you're lucky enough to own one. You could even simply buy an exercise ball to bounce on. It's a way to multitask, and keep your brain going!

Tips

  • Being better at learning one way doesn’t mean you can’t use the other two ways. Combine all three for the best results.
  • The absolute best way for anybody to learn something is to test yourself on it. 60 minutes of studying material is not as good as 20 minutes of studying and 40 minutes of testing. Flash Cards (with the name of the concept on one side and its definition on the other side) are the best way to do this.
  • Take notes despite your learning style. When you're studying review them in a way that suits your kind:
    • Visual learners: Use pictures and colours to make notes more interesting.
    • Auditory learners: Read the notes aloud.
    • Kinesthetic: Pace round your room whilst you study.

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Categories: Learning Styles