It happens often that students aren’t really aware of the way they learn, their particular learning style. Consequently, they are often not able to reach their potential fully. If you would know more about how to learn best and about learning styles, you may very well also be able to effectively improve your exam preparation.
In general, we can distinguish between 3 major learning styles: auditory, visual, and kinesthetic.
Well, the truth of the matter is that you may well be a not-so-good learner just because you haven’t used your best or preferred learning style or haven’t discovered it yet. You may easily attain much higher scores if you’ll adjust the learning style you’re using.
Just read what Jeremy wrote: “I always imitated the learning styles of other people but I found out that that didn’t work. I really thought that I was rather stupid as I didn’t understand any topic if I learned in the same way that they did. But then I started to learn about personal studying styles and I adjusted my studying style. Well, there was an immediate change and managed to prepare for my GED exam quickly and passed!”
- A Visual Learner benefits most if he 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.
- An Auditory learner will remember the things he’s heard. If he hears the information, he will be able to remember it much easier than if he 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.
- A Kinesthetic (Tactile) Learner will remember things he’d experienced while using all his senses, such as touch, hearing, sight, etc.
Typically, Kinesthetic (Tactile) 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.
You may well be tempted to check out some different things listed on this page and trying some new things is a good idea. When some other way is working well for you, just use that! In the end, that will help you to study smarter, not necessarily harder!