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What type of learner are you?

October 20, 2016 | More Tips

Businessman sitting on a chair and studying math formulas on blackboardIt is common for students to cram hundreds of pages of textbook material into their head before a test. Students usually develop different tactics to help study from making flashcards, to reviewing recordings of the professors’ lectures or coming up with ways to memorize the material at hand. People learn using a variety of these methods, and there are three primary learning styles: visual, auditory, and tactical.

Visual Learners tend to prefer using images, pictures, colors, and maps to organize information and communicate with others. If you are a visual learner, you may use visualization techniques to remember things. Visual learners also prefer to read information in a textbook or on the whiteboard. A few study tips for visual learning include:

  • Look at people when they talk, it will help you stay focused.
  • Read assignments in 25-minute intervals and take 1-5 minute breaks during study sessions.
  • Study by yourself.
  • Write things down to remember them better and underline material to reinforce your learning.
  • Make your study area visually appealing.

Auditory Learners tend to retain information more thoroughly when the information is reinforced through sounds. If you are an auditory learner you may find that your learning methods could include anything from using musical notes to memorize lists, to using voice recordings to memorize terms. Students may prefer listening to class lectures over reading assigned segments of a difficult text. A few study tips for auditory learning include:

  • Study with a friend so you can talk out loud and hear the information.
  • Recite the things you want to remember.
  • Tape your lectures and review your notes while listening to your tape.
  • Use word associations to assist in remembering facts and lines.
  • Repeat facts and antidotes with your eyes closed to help retain the information.

Tactile Learners make up about 5% of the population. If you are a tactile learner you absorb information best by doing, experiencing, touching, moving, or being active in some way. Students may benefit from instructors who encourage in-class demonstrations. A few study tips for tactile learning include:

  • When memorizing, walk around while reciting to yourself or looking at a note card.
  • Study with a friend.
  • Keep something in your hand that is malleable. Knead or tap to a rhythm as you study.
  • Register for classes that have labs so that you can use your hands.
  • Study in short blocks, such as 25 minute intervals.

 

When it comes to learning, one size does not fit all. Research has shown that students can perform better on tests if they change study habits to fit their own personal learning styles. For help on different type of studying styles, visit the Academic Success Centers at Broward College.

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