Not getting the most out of your studies?
It could be because you're not playing to your strengths. There are 4 main types of learners and you can adapt how you take in information according to your style.
Not sure what type of learner you are? Just take the quiz to find out:
1. If you get distracted, you're most likely to be doing what?
a) Drumming on the table or fidgeting
b) Chatting (when you should be listening)
d) Listening to music
2. If you'd just bought a new camera, how would you learn how to use it?
a) Testing it out in real life
b) Reading the instruction manual
c) Following a step-by-step picture guide
d) Watching a video tutorial
3. If you're unsure how to spell a word, you:
a) Trace the letters in the air with your finger
b) Write it down over and over
c) Look it up
d) Say it out loud
4. You remember things by:
a) Being hands-on
b) Writing them down again and again
c) Watching a demonstration
d) Listening to a lecturer
5. You're most likely to remember someone's:
6. When you see the word 'dog', you:
a) Think about stroking a dog
b) Say the word 'dog' to yourself
c) Picture a dog in your mind
d) Imagine a dog's bark
You're a Kinesthetic learner, otherwise known as a 'do-er'. You learn more when something is physical or involves your hands and sense of touch.
Try keeping your hands busy when studying and try combining an activity with it. Take regular breaks to help you keep concentration.
You're a Verbal learner who prefers to learn using writing and speech.
Try studying in a group where you can see other people write down the information or hear them talking about it. You'll probably also benefit from teaching someone else about your subject.
You're a Visual learner who prefers to learn using images, diagrams or graphs.
Try transforming your mundane lecture notes into spider diagrams or pictures. Adding colours to your notes can also help put them into separate sections.
You're an Auditory learner who prefers to learn through listening to music or sounds.
Try repeating things out loud to yourself, maybe to a beat or rhythm, to help store important information. You may also benefit from recording lectures and playing them out loud.