Your learning style determines how you best process and learn new information. When you understand your personal learning style, you can find study strategies that best suit your style and promote academic success.
Are you a Visual Learner?
- Is it easier to focus and remember a lecture when there is a visual presentation including descriptive diagrams, charts, or other visual aids that attract your attention?
- Do you tend to daydream during class or while studying and need to take detailed notes to remember textual or verbal information?
Tips for Visual Learners
- Use pictures, maps, charts, graphs to learn concepts
- Sit where you can view your instructor during lectures
Take notes or ask your instructor to provide handouts of spoken material
- Visualize information as a picture to aid memorization
- Watch a documentary or movie related to the subject you are learning about
Are you an Auditory Learner?
- Do you remember details of conversation easily?
- Do you have a good musical ear or do you enjoy learning other languages?
Tips for Auditory Learners
- Be active in class discussions by responding to questions
- Focus on listening to lectures instead of taking notes
- Record the lecture and listen again later
- Read text aloud or repeat information aloud
- Use mnemonics or stories and songs to aid memorization
- Discuss ideas with other students
- Benefit from positive self-talk
Are you a Kinesthetic/Tactile Learner?
- Do you find yourself standing, or pacing while studying rather than sitting still?
- Do you like to work with your hands, or experience things with hands-on experiments?
Tips for Kinesthetic/Tactile Learners
- Take frequent study breaks
- Listen to music while studying
- Move around while learning new things (i.e., reading on an exercise bike)
- Make and use flashcards (movement through cards; game-like) or posters
- Use your hands to create something related to the material, such as a collage
- Use bright colors to highlight or take notes in colored ink
- Find a mentor or peer to share your thoughts