In order to be able to study efficiently and excel in school, it is important to follow a studying method that caters specifically to you so that you can produce your best work. To do that, it is crucial to understand a little bit about yourself. First of all, you need to assess what kind of learner you are, that could be Visual, Auditory, Read/Write, Kinesthetic, or a mix! So what exactly are these types of learners?
Visual learners learn best when seeing things. They are great at retaining information from reading, charts, graphics, or powerpoints. Visual aids such as pictures, diagrams, infographics, flashcards, or outlines can also improve a visual learner’s ability to understand and remember the most valuable information. When taking notes, it is important to use different colours, outlines, or symbols in order to help evaluate the information that is the most important. Making sure to ask your teacher for any extra handouts or looking over old tests and quizzes can drastically improve your outcome in order to get the most out of your studying!
Auditory learners learn best by listening to things. Listening to lectures and explanatory videos can help auditory learners a lot more. Some efficient study methods for auditory learners include repeating information that needs to be memorized out loud and participating in discussions. This is a great way for auditory learners to not only understand and memorize the topic but to be able to incorporate the explanation aspect of it and master the understanding and application. Asking questions to your teachers can help you be more engaged and actively involved in the topic and help give you a better understanding of the topics by having them explained more in-depth.
Read/write learners learn by reading and writing things. Reading and writing learners thrive when directly reading things from textbooks or articles. They also thrive on taking notes and rewriting clarifying questions throughout the whole process. Keeping all the handouts that the teacher gives is very important in order to refer back to them when revising for tests or quizzes. Unlike visual learners, reading and writing learners don’t do as well with diagrams and charts, so it is important to analyze them and rewrite them into your own words to help you take the most important parts of the visuals.
Kinesthetic learners learn by doing things physically. That can include, experiments, making models, working on whiteboards, or making sure to incorporate physical activity. Unlike traditional studying with textbooks or videos, kinesthetic learners thrive from hands-on approaches. These can include explaining the main ideas to others or trying out examples. It is also beneficial for kinesthetic learners to work in groups to help each other and talk about the things that they have learned. Flashcards with others can be beneficial in making sure you understand information enough to know it on the spot. Plus quizzing each other in a study group always makes it more fun!
For all types of learners!
It is important that you don’t only use passive studying methods. Passive studying methods have been proven to be less efficient than active studying because it is harder for the brain to retain the information that you learned. Simply writing down what your teacher says may help you initially in understanding, but it may not be as effective when applying it or remembering it long term. Reading your textbook and rereading your notes is another popular way of studying but it is again a passive method. Instead here are some other active studying alternatives that may help you out! Make flashcards to quiz yourself on the material that you have learned, by doing this you do not only remember what you learned but testing your understanding of the concept. The most important part other than understanding the concepts is to do practice problems. Although at times it seems like one of the worst ways and most boring methods, practice questions require to test your understanding, see your ability to recall information, and it also prepares you for the test or quiz.