Make Studying Easy and Effective: Study tips based on learning styles

Use the following tips to customize learning and make study time a breeze!

Visual learners should

  • Take notes during class discussion and lectures
  • Review notes and annotate them with different colored pens and highlighters
  • Synthesize notes by creating flowcharts, webs, timelines, graphs, maps or diagrams showing the relationship of ideas and information
  • Sketch the meaning of vocabulary words
  • Visualize as you memorize.  (It works! Here’s a great TED talk on the effectiveness of visualization for memorization)
  • Include illustrations in your notes
  • Use flashcards but limit the number of words, so you can picture the flash card
  • Try watching videos on the topic being studied (For math and science try Khan Academy)
  • Use consistent symbols when annotating notes and reading material

Auditory learners should…

  • Study in a group or with a friend
  • Read texts and class notes aloud, then repeat or summarize aloud
  • Read questions and work out problems aloud
  • Use jingles and mnemonic devices for memorization
  • Explain ideas to others while studying
  • Let others quiz you aloud
  • Sit in the front of the classroom
  • Listen to podcasts to review concepts
  • Use voice command apps to dictate written assignments (in Google Docs)

Tactile/Kinesthetic Learners should…

  • Use manipulatives or models whenever possible to study (ie: clay to form parts of a cell, macaroni to practice addition and subtraction)
  • Trace letters /words for memorizing vocabulary and spelling words
  • Rewrite definitions and terms to be memorized
  • Move! Walk, pace or stand while you study
  • Squeeze a stress ball as you study
  • Use rhythm to memorize
  • Use flashcards and physically arrange them (Spread them out on a table, move them, match them, categorize them)
  • Point to material as you study
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