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So, it’s a few weeks into the semester and classes are well under way. With the varied and complex coursework, it’s easy for students to become overwhelmed, especially if the subject is not their forte. So what do you do when you have trouble focusing on the droning teacher? How do you switch gears from one class to the next and retain all that information?
For starters, it’s helpful to know that everyone learns differently. Someone who understands and retains knowledge by hearing a teacher speak may struggle to get through a textbook, and vice versa.
Let’s take a look at the styles of learning
Visual learners like images, such as charts, graphs, maps, and videos. They sit up at the front of the class and watch the speaker’s movements and facial expressions to grasp the subject matter. Their textbooks and notebooks are likely to be highlighted in various colors. To recall something, they’ll conjure a picture in their mind.
Auditory learners retain information through listening. They enjoy discussing the subject verbally and tend to focus on the speaker’s tone and inflection. Written instructions don’t mean much to them until they have heard them spoken aloud.
Read/Write learners use words in order to retain information. They make lists, take copious notes, and summarize key points in writing. They love referencing dictionaries, glossaries and bullet points.
Kinesthetic or Tactile learners make use of their senses and hands-on experiences in order to remember things. They like to build or draw and often will use physical movement while learning, such as pacing or standing. They tend to have collections of items (i.e. coins) and like to learn while out and about at parks or museums.
Multimodal learners have more than one dominant style of learning, which requires them to use combinations of the various methods to learn.
Don’t know your learning style?
Take a quick test here to find out.
How can you leverage your learning style?
Here are just a few tips to get you started, but we recommend that you visit the additional reading section for more strategies. Experiment with multiple ones to see what works best for you!
By understanding how you learn, and developing study habits around it, you’ll be able to tackle even the toughest subjects. Good luck!
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Hi, I’m Kathryn Lerro, mother of two lovely daughters, wife of one fine man.
After 24 years of wandering (thanks to my husband’s Air Force career), we are back home on the East Coast. We currently live in Philadelphia where I enjoy writing, taking long walks, decorating my front window in South Philly tradition, talking to interesting people and eating great food.
As I’ve met people on my travels I’ve become keenly aware that most of us could use a healthy dose of encouragement. It is for this reason that I try to weave a message of hope into everything I write.
Hi, I am Melinda Haas, but you can call me Mindy. A true introvert, I delight in solitude with a good book or a movie. I like dabbling in nature photography while taking rigorous hikes. I adore my husband who is a ton of fun. He shares my wanderlust as well as my appetite for Indian and Thai food. Very often, you’ll find us dancing to Cumbia in the kitchen while we make dinner. We also love road tripping and exploring new places. (New England is our new favorite!)
Through my writing, I want to encourage and embolden others to push past the limits they place on themselves. I want to help people see that they can accomplish more than they think they were capable of.
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