- Do you struggle when it comes to studying? Are you new to studying for exams, or simply want some study tips you may not have thought about? You are in the right place! This article is going to teach you the best ways to study for different learning types!
First, it is important to establish what type of learner you are.
There are three different learning types. These are; Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic learners.
So, I am going to break down the characteristics of these different learning types so that you can see which kind you are. This is important because once you have figured out which kind of learner you are, you will be able to focus on the study tactics that work best for you.
Everyone is unique and learns differently. There is nothing wrong with being a certain type of learner or not being able to learn a certain way. Hopefully, these techniques will help you to study better and realise your learning potential!
Visual learners are people who tend to take in the most information when it is being presented visually. These learners tend to like handouts, pictures and note taking and excel in classroom settings. Here are some traits of visual learners.
- Tend to like images, graphs and handouts to supplement their learning
- Prefer reading and writing tasks
- Prefer to use presentations to explain things
- Very colour orientated and enjoy colour coding
- Generally great at organisation
- Usually able to recall images easily
Auditory learners are people who learn best when hearing the information given to them. Usually these learners prefer lectures, podcasts and love to tell stories. Here are some traits of auditory learners.
- Great at recalling and following directions
- Loves telling stories
- Works best when able to partake in group work and tell stories out loud
- Good at staying engaged while listening to others
- Better at oral exams compared to written exams
Kinesthetic learners tend to need to move and feel things in order to learn and retain information. They tend to excel in subject such as music and sports, which require physical movements. Being good at playing an instrument is usually a good indication, alongside the others, that someone is a kinesthetic learner.
- Very coordinated with excellent spacial awareness
- Need to be able to move or feel things in order to learn effectively
- Some kinesthetic learners only need small movements to learn, others need to use their whole body
- Learn well with projects to focus on
- Kinesthetic learners are also visual learners, so have a good imagination to help them picture the steps which they are learning
- Tend not to be auditory learners
- Love using a pen and paper or materials to learn with
So, what kind of learner does that make me?
After reading through these different types of learners, one may jump out as you as something which describes your style of learning well. If not, there is a way you can find out. (This technique below works best for finding out whether you are a visual or auditory learner)
One of the ways to find out what kind of learner you are, is to find a sentence in a language you do not know. For this example, let us go with French.
Take a piece of paper and write it down on the top, like in the image below. After writing it down once and examining it, fold the piece of paper and try to write it down exactly again. Continue to do this until you have worked your way down the piece of paper.
Continue with your day, and a few hours later, without looking, prompt yourself to say the sentence out loud. If you remembered it, great! You are most likely a visual learner. Skip ahead to the next section! If you did not, don’t worry, try step two.
Pick a different phrase in French, or a language you do not know. Write this down on a piece of paper so that you have it handy.
Pick up your phone and put it on voice memo, or use something that takes video to record you saying it.
Once you have it recorded, listen to it a few times throughout the day. Then, after a full day of listening to it, see if you can recall it without prompting. If you can, then you most likely respond well to audio cues, and could be an auditory learner.
Although it is common to favour one type of learning, you can also find yourself to respond well to more than one type of learning!
Don’t fret if you learn things by writing them down and also hearing them. Many people in the world learn in multiple ways. Find out which learning types work for you, and concentrate on those!
Now that you have established which learning type you are, here are some tips on the best ways to study for your learning category!
Here are some studying tips that are proven to work for visual learners!
- Organise your notes! Keep your notes as neat as possible and try colour coding them! This also works for staying organised with your classes.
- Print out pictures and learn statistics by making charts and graphs! These help you to visualise the material and numbers you need to learn in a way that is fun and colourful!
- Watch videos such as documentaries or educational films on your subject. These will stimulate your brain and help you to retain information. Remember to take notes as well! This is a great way to learn if you are a combination or a visual and auditory learner, as it stimulates both of you learning types!
- Mind maps! These are an amazing way to decipher timelines and a great tool to prepare your information for an essay question. You can colour code these and use them for any subject!
- Cue cards! Buy yourself a few packets of blank cue cards and use them the next time you have an exam. Writing down what you need to remember on one side and a question on the other is a great way to learn. This is also the easiest way to learn words in another language, I find!
Here are some great ways that you can optimise your learning style!
- Ask if you can record lectures and classes so that you can revisit the recorded information multiple times.
- Use mnemonics and songs to remember information for tests! These can really help as they can be recalled easily. The sillier the better, that way they will stick in your head!
- Read your notes aloud! Or, a tip I like to do is record myself reading over my notes and keep it on my phone. That way I can sit on the bus with headphones and listen to it like a podcast!
- Avoid distractions! Being an auditory learner can be a little tricky, so keeping noise to a minimum can help you concentrate on your tutors instructions.
- Working in groups can be a great way to learn. You will have lots of auditory stimulation to keep you focused, and you will learn well having the information read out loud and discussed.
So, you have found out that you are a kinesthetic learner? Great! Here are some great tips on studying that you are sure to find useful!
- Use mnemonic hand gestures to help you to learn information. Make up silly mnemonics and assign each word a hand movement to ensure if sticks in your head!
- Build things to help you to learn. Use building cubes to help you with maths and in art, feel the textures so that you can associate them with what you are trying to learn.
- Try to study while walking around, lying on the floor or skipping. It may sound a little silly, but this will help you to retain the knowledge by turning the information into an action
- Eat something that’s a different flavour for each subject that you are studying. I recommend polo mints, fruit pastels or gum! This will help you to put an action to what you are learning and therefore remember it better. Just eat the same food you studied with before your exam to optimise information recollection!
- Take breaks every 15-30 minutes so that you can remain focused when you ares tudying. This will helpy ou to retain information as you are not trying to learn a lot at once.
Hopefully you have found out which type of learner you are, and you are now able to implement some of the learning techniques given in this article. If you used any of these techniques or found this article helpful, please comment below and share!
Lead writer for The Lazzzy Student x
Here are some great resources if you would like to read further into different learning types.