I remember when I was in my high school freshman year, our class teacher made us take some tests to find out what is our learning style.
Right now, I can’t remember the exact results but, on the page footer, it was written that the best fit for me was auditory learning. I’ll admit, I was a bit skeptical at first because I’d always thought that my learning style was, in fact, the visual one. However, as time passed, I learned how to combine the two.
But that’s enough about me! What is your learning style?
Well, today I will “guide” you through the process of choosing your learning style, without limiting the article to the basics.
1. Find a suitable place for you, one that inspires you and helps you to be more productive
This is probably one of the most important aspects and, at the same time, an extremely neglected one. Sometimes, your workspace from home might not be the most adequate. Maybe it doesn’t have enough light or maybe your family just can’t be silent. Maybe that space just doesn’t help you to be interested in your work.
You can fix some of these problems. A desk lamp can easily do the trick and solve the lightning issue. And if you close your bedroom door and study when your family is less active, you no longer have to deal with the noise. For me, the real impediment is losing my interest in the place I always do my work, precisely, my desk. Over time, I’ve read many articles that suggested different study places. Therefore, I decided it was a good idea to share them with you:
- a quiet, cozy café
- a park, preferably one with less noisy children
- the library
- other spots of the house, except for the usual one
- a friend’s house, but this is only suitable for some of you and you’ll learn why if you keep reading
2. You must take this test and find out your learning style
- a person who is a visual learner prefers to visualize the connections between ideas
– has a tendency to talk faster
– is often impatient and tends to interrupt someone who is already talking
– memorizes diagrams easily and clearly
– prefers to study in a quiet place
– takes detailed notes
– thinks in images
- a person who is an auditory learner prefers to hear the information
– has a tendency to talk slower
– explains well their points of view
– tends to memorize better by saying the information out loud
– reads slower
- a person who is a creative learner prefers learning through experiments
– talks the slowest
– has a hard time making decisions
– learns efficiently through solving problems
– needs frequent breaks from studying
– can’t sit in the same place longer than a few minutes without becoming restless
3. If you are the kind of person who prefers highlighting their study materials, try to create a general legend for all of your subjects
It’s quite simple. Use neon yellow for definitions, pink for key-words, neon green for important details and so on. This way, memorizing information doesn’t seem so difficult anymore.
4. Are you the kind of person who likes learning in a digital environment? Do you prefer using printed materials or hand-written ones?
Try to observe which one suits you better and helps you memorize easier. For me, both options are efficient.
5. Do you prefer studying in groups or by yourself?
Like I’ve mentioned before, a good place to study could be a friend’s house. But of course, you don’t go there to study by yourself, but together. There are people who study more efficiently when they are in a group than when they are alone. However, it works both ways because others prefer studying by themselves, in peace and quiet. Find out which one suits you better!
6. Listen to the right music
This step is optional because listening to music in a study session doesn’t work for everyone. However, if you are like me and music relaxes you, the best choice is classical music. To be avoided at all costs is music with lyrics because it can distract you and perturb your focus.
To end with, these were my suggestions for you in order to discover the learning style that is best for you and your needs. So, have you decided yet? What’s your learning style?
If you enjoyed this article, and you’re an Uni student, I suggest you to read this one!
Author: Angela Nedelcu