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Learning Styles

Let your Learning Style be Your Guide Study Tips

Auditory Learning (Learning By Hearing)

Lecture Learning

  • listen to instructions and information given orally
  • sit towards the front of the room so you can hear well
  • sit away from doors, windows, and other sources of noise
  • as you take notes - repeat information to yourself

Text Learning

  • rehearse/repeat information out loud
  • study with a partner and take turns reading
  • if you prefer to study with music playing, choose something with no lyrics, keep the volume low
  • use rhymes or jingles to help remember important points
  • talk to yourself about textbook try to remember important terminology by thinking about how parts of the words sound

 

Visual Learning (Learning By Seeing)

Lecture Learning

  • Complete readings before lectures
  • watch for key words to help organize notes
  • choose a location where you can see the instructor and all visual aids well
  • sit away from potential distractions
  • try to listen and write down what you hear;
  • ask the instructor if other visual information is available
    (eg. course web site, lecture outline)

Text Learning

  • minimize visual distractions in your study space
  • make an outline of key facts and terms
  • write down problems and/or questions and practice writing solutions and/or responses
  • try to remember important terminology by looking for parts of the word you already know
  • highlight notes so all information relating to one topic is in the same color category
  • draw boxes or circles around terms/ concepts and show how they are related to one another
  • rehearse/repeat information out loud
  • study with a partner and take turns reading
  • if you prefer to study with music playing, choose something with no lyrics, keep the volume low
  • use rhymes or jingles to help remember important points
  • talk to yourself about textbook try to remember important terminology by thinking about how parts of the words sound

Kinesthetic Learning (Learning By Doing)

Lecture Learning

  • ask questions and participate in discussions whenever possible
  • take a small object (eg. stress-ball) to class to play with while the other takes notes
  • consider using a lap-top to take notes
  • choose course sections offering shorter and more frequent meetings

Text Learning

  • do something physical before you read or study
  • break reading tasks into small chunks
  • personalize the information – relate it to people
  • take regular, brief breaks to move around
  • use practice questions in the textbook
  • move a body part if it helps you concentrate
  • if you use your hands when talking, try using them when studying