Using Your Learning Style to Study Better
Incorporate images if you’re a visual learner. Look for visual representations of what you’re learning, such as photos of a historical figure, a map for geography, or illustrations of a cell for cellular biology. You may even want to check out documentaries online.
- Other great options are to color code your notes, use a highlighter, draw diagrams, or sketch out what you’re learning.
- Use mnemonics and mental imagery to help you recall certain rules and formulas. For instance, in math, you might use the acronym PEMDAS (parenthesis, exponents, multiplication, division, addition, subtraction) to remember the order of operations in an equation
Listen to music or an audio book if you’re an auditory learner.
Music can help your mind focus while you read, or you could try finding your text as an audiobook. Some textbooks include digital access to an audio file or even include a CD. If you’re reading a novel for class, look for the audio version.
- You can also try reading your notes out loud or explaining what you’re learning aloud to someone else
Build movement into your study sessions if you’re a kinesthetic learner.
Some subjects, such as science, are easier to pair with movement since you can build models of what you’re studying. You can always hang up a whiteboard or poster board in your room, then stand at it while you write out the important concepts or create a diagram of what you’re learning. This allows you to move as you process the information, which will help you learn.
- Other great options include role playing, making a model, or creating a representation of what you’re learning