THE UNIVERSITY LEARNING CENTRE Study Skills Resource What Learning Style Are You? Understanding what your learning style is can help you tailor your study habits to the way that you learn best. Understanding what will be most effective for you as an individual will help you work smarter rather than harder. Visual Learners • • Prefer to have a picture to view when something is being described Carefully file and organize class notes and other learning materials • Prefer written instructions over verbal instructions • Appreciate photographs and illustrations to accompany printed content • Prefer a time-line or some other similar diagram to remember historical events Audio Learners Kinesthetic Learners • Remember what others say very well • Remember best what they do • Remember best through by saying things aloud and verbal repetition • • Prefer to discuss ideas they do not immediately understand Excel when given opportunities to build and physically handle learning materials • Remember best through getting physically involved in whatever is being learnt • Enjoy acting out a situation relevant to the study topic • Are particularly creative and often think outside the box • • Remember verbal instructions well Enjoy opportunities to present dramatically, including the use of music • Find it difficult to work quietly for long periods of time • Actively engage in class by taking notes on paper or by using laptop • Often enjoy interacting with others in study groups • Enjoy decorating their learning spaces • Remember and understand best through the use of diagrams, charts and maps • Are easily distracted by noise, but also easily distracted by silence • Study materials by reading notes and organizing material in an outline or concept map • Verbally express interest and enthusiasm • Enjoy class and group discussions www.usask.ca/ulc For more information on study skills, please visit our website. Study Skills Resource What Learning Style Are You? – Page 2 Important Tips to Keep in Mind • Do what works for you! Find out what works and stick with it. No matter how unconventional or contrary to theory- if it works, keep it up. • Play to your strengths. If you know what you are good at, build on that by incorporating strategies that incorporate your learning style. • Learn from those around you. The best person to learn study skills from is a successful student. Find out how your smart friends learn, and try it out. Learning Tips Visual Learners Audio Learners Kinesthetic Learners • Use charts, maps, films, posters and visual aids • Form study groups to discuss • topics Pace back and forth while reviewing and reciting notes • Focus on the speaker’s face and how they speak and move • Read and recite out loud • Join a study group • Record information so you can listen to it again later • Set a goal on paper and post it near your work area • Associate things with music and limericks Shift positions often and stay active by moving your legs, chewing on gum or doodling • • Work in a quiet area, away from visual distraction • • Highlight important ideas with different colors Memorize by saying important information over and over again Create study materials such as flashcards and mindmaps using colours and drawings • Use colored transparencies to make white paper more interesting • Study away from your desk in different locations • Try studying in different positions, like lying on the floor or pacing • Take frequent breaks where you do something physical such as going for a short walk • • Say your goal out loud • Use verbal analogies and story telling to demonstrate your point • Use flash cards • Form pictures in your mind and use guided imagery • Use color codes • • Re-write notes by covering notes and rewriting, cover notes and rewrite … Talk outloud and explain difficult concepts to yourself • Record your notes as audio files Form pictures in your mind • Listen to music or tapes while studying • Check out these links for more information on Learning Styles o Abiators. “Learning Style Assessment.” http://www.berghuis.co.nz/abiator/lsi/lsiframe.html o Melmetics High Performance Learning. “Learning Styles Online.” http://www.learning-styles-online.com Source for VAK Graphics: http://beskoproject.wikispaces.com/Universal+Design+for+Learning www.usask.ca/ulc For more information on study skills, please visit our website.