There are three main learning styles: visual, auditory and kinesthetic.
It’s good to know your learning style because you can be more effective in choosing your learning techniques.
If you are a visual learner, you will benefit most if you will be exposed to videos, posters, slides, pictures.
Visual learners remember information easier if it is presented visually rather than if that information is presented in a verbal way.
Typically, visual learners benefit from these techniques:
- Use differently colored pens and/or highlighters to color-code various concepts.
- Circle and/or underline important words/phrases.
- Draw diagrams and charts.
- Write key concepts on post-it notes and stick those around you on your computer screen, fridge, or walls.
If you are an auditory learner, you will remember the things that you heard. If you hear the information, you will be able to remember it much easier than if you would read that same material.
Typically, auditory learners benefit from the following techniques:
- Rather than reading the lessons from a book, listening to the recorded text will be more effective.
- Ask people around you to ‘hear’ the way you understand a topic.
- What also helps is reading aloud your summarized notes. Get used to recording yourself and listening to your own voice.
If you are a kinesthetic (tactile) learner, you will remember things you’d experienced while using all your senses, such as touch, hearing, sight, etc.
Typically, inesthetic learners will benefit from the following techniques:
- After you’ve watched a video lesson, write down your notes and formulate key concepts.
- If you write these concepts out, you will be able to remember these key concepts better.
- Find real-life examples in the text and you should put lots of these examples in your summary.
- Take lots of practice tests will definitely help you.
Chances are that your particular learning style has something of the three styles mentioned above.
You may also discover that you’re actually using a different style related to the problem or assignment at hand or that your learning style cannot be categorized as above.
It is key that you’ll learn which learning style will work best for your studying and please do not feel restricted in any way by the categories listed above.
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