There are some elemental differences between just being a student and being a successful student. To help you get the most out of your college experience and be able to do well on tests, it is most helpful to know your learning style. What exactly does this mean? Below are the 3 different learning styles and helpful study tips for each one.
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
- Understands/likes charts
- Is good with sign language
Learning Suggestions for Visual Learners
- Draw a map of events in history or draw scientific process.
- Copy what’s on the board
- Ask the teacher to diagram
- Diagram sentences
- Take notes, make lists
- Watch videos
- Color code words, research notes
- Outline reading
- Use flashcards
- Use highlighters, circle words, underline
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
- Remembers names
- Notices sound effects in movies
- Enjoys music
- Is good at grammar and foreign language
- Reads slowly
- Follows spoken directions well
- Can’t keep quiet for long periods
- Enjoys acting, being on stage
- Is good in study groups
Learning suggestion for Auditory Learners
- Use word association to remember facts and lines
- Record lectures
- Watch videos
- Repeat facts with eyes closed
- Participate in group discussions
- Using audiotapes for language practice
- Tape notes after writing them
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.
- Builds models.
- Is involved in martial arts, dance.
- Is fidgety during lectures.
Learning suggestions for Kinesthetic Learners
- Study in short blocks
- Take lab classes
- Role playing
- Take field trips
- Study with others
- Use memory games
- Use flash cards to memorize
Click the link below and take the VARK test find out what your learning style is- it can be the single most important factor in getting the best you possbily can!