About to hit the books?
Unleash your learning potential and get the most out of your course by figuring out what your natural learning style is!
Whether it's mnemonics, flash cards, study groups, or hands-on training that works best for you – there's a study strategy for every learner out there. Being in tune with your natural learning style can make a helluva difference when it comes to improving your study habits, and can help you minimise time spent procrastinating and maximise your course marks!
There are lots of theories out there, but most authorities agree that your preferred method of learning is likely to fall into one of the following categories:
Taking some time out to really hone in on your learning style will help you put your best foot forward as soon as your course kicks off.
By developing a more clearly thought out revision strategy, you may even be able to improve your knowledge retention, productivity and information recall when you’re sweating through your next exam.
If you're a visual learner, try these strategies to up your study game:
If you love getting stuck into a project and prefer to 'learn by doing' then you're a kinaesthetic learner! To make the most of your learning style, try the following study strategies:
If you absolutely kill it when it comes to presentations, debates and speeches then chances are you're a natural auditory learner. To maximise your study time try:
Let me guess. You could identify with any number of the alleged characteristics from each category? Surprise, surprise – learning’s really not that simple.
In fact, the visual/auditory/kinaesthetic subdivision of learners has been widely criticised for over-simplifying something that’s intricately complex. Like everything else that comes with being human, your individual learning style is beautiful and unique!
Generally speaking, I prefer to tackle new subject areas by reading about them and writing out notes, but I also benefit from teaching others, think quite linearly and gravitate towards the back of the classroom. And, as most people who’ve driven with me in the passenger seat can attest, maps are no friends of mine. Does this make me some kind of learning mutant? I prefer to think not.
The ways in which we learn new things can be influenced by all manner of things, not limited to:
To help you get the most out of your course, try mixing and matching a combination of these factors to figure out what works best for you. Learning new skills can does absolute wonders for your career (and your brain!). So go on, claim your natural learning style and supercharge your studies!