Study Tips & Tools
How YOU learn best
Do you learn best by hearing it, seeing it, feeling it, reading about it? Then tailor your learning activities to suit your style –it’ll be faster and more fun.
Your learning style is your preferred way of learning new things.
For example, I like to SEE new concepts visualized for me in a drawing. So when I learn about a new physiological process, I like to see a diagram that shows me how it works. For me, that’s better than listening to someone explain it.
And I like to have my HANDS ON things as I learn about them. Of course, this works well in science labs. Well, except maybe in reproductive biology class.
So you see, I have more than one learning style –many of us do. Learners with more than one strong preference are called “multimodal” because they learn well in different modes, not just one.
How can you figure out what your style is? The easiest way is to simply think of how you’ve learned things in the past and what worked best for you. Another easy way is to take the free VARK online quiz by visiting www.vark-learn.com.
VARK is an acronym that stands for :
V = Visual (learning by seeing)
A = Aural (learning by hearing)
R = Reading/writing (learning by reading and writing)
K = Kinesthetic (learning by touching or holding or feeling)
Once you’ve determined your style, you can choose ways to study that fit your style best. For example, a visual learner will benefit by drawing diagrams (see my hint on this) whereas a more aural learner might do better by listening tapes of the classroom discussion.
The www.vark-learn.com website has some
Another useful way of looking at learning styles is to determine whether you are:
an ACTIVE learner or REFLECTIVE learner
a SENSING or INTUITIVE learner
a VISUAL or VERBAL learner
a SEQUENTIAL or GLOBAL learner
To take a free test to determine your learning style using the scheme above, try this:
For detailed strategies for the different learning styles just described, try this:
It’s important to remember that your learning style is your PREFERENCE. It is NOT A LIMIT on the ways in which you can study. I happen to be a strong visual/kinesthetic learner but I frequently (and easily) learn things by reading about them. There is no one best style to have and there is no particular advantage of having any one learning style.
The best way to use learning styles is to help you choose from among a variety of available learning options.
Links to more Learning Styles examples & help
Last updated: October 22, 2019 at 8:56 am