Everybody learns differently, and knowing what kind of learner you are can really help with your personal studies. You can study in a way that is most beneficial to you. If you’re not sure if you’re a visual, auditory or tactile learner, click here to take this small test to find out. That being said, you may be more than one type of learner – which gives you all the more study techniques applicable to you. I will focus on three types of learners, what they are and study techniques that will benefit you the most. So let’s get started!
1. Visual Learner
Visual learners learn best when information is somehow associated with images and other visual techniques. If you’re a visual learner you probably make to-do lists, follow maps easily, are organized, can visualize things easily, notice small details, pick up on subtle body language, and have vivid, colourful dreams. If you’re a visual learner, these are some study techniques you can apply to succeed in your English studies:
- Use graphic organizers to organize ideas and information. Here is an example of a graphic organizer on essays.
- Visualize information in your head to remember it better.
- Use illustrations/doodles if you take notes.
- Colour code different information in your textbook/notes. For example, you could highlight all new vocabulary terms in yellow, all grammar tips in orange and spelling tips in blue. That way whenever you think of the colour yellow/orange/blue, you’ll think of all the information highlighted in that colour.
- Watch videos on the information, you’re learning about.
- Replace words with symbols whenever possible.
- Use different fonts, sizes, colours, or underline and bold different words, to make the most important ideas/concepts stand out.
2. Auditory Learner
Auditory learners learn best when information is presented in a spoken language format. If you’re an auditory learner you probably love listening to the radio, and music, you might have background noise going while you’re working on something else, you love being in group discussions/debates, you love telling a good story and listening to a good story, and you like people to explain things to you rather than write them down or show them to you. If you’re an auditory learner, these are some study techniques you can apply to succeed in your English studies:
- Study groups would be ideal for you because then you could discuss ideas and information.
- Record your lessons (with permission) and listen to them later when you review your notes.
- Repeat information out loud after you’ve read it.
- Talk yourself through the process of finding an answer.
- Insert facts/information into your favourite songs.
- Read your notes allowed, while you re-type or re-write them,
- Try to participate in discussions as often as possible.
- Sound out words syllable by syllable.
- Look for books on audio tapes.
- Explain your lesson material to yourself, as if you were the teacher.
3. Tactile Learner
Tactile or kinesthetic learners learn best when they can actually do or experience things. If you’re a tactile learner you probably love sports and staying active, are constantly moving, like to do hands-on projects, fidget your hands, can’t sit for long, like doing science experiments and like drama/role playing activities. If you’re a tactile learner, here are some study techniques you can apply to succeed in your English studies:
- Be physically active when you study – walk around with your textbook or go for a walk reciting information.
- Take thorough notes during class – review, and re-type them later.
- Don’t study for long periods of time. Take frequent breaks, and do some sort of physical activity during your breaks.
- Tap your pen, or squeeze a stress ball (anything physical) while studying.
- Make models of things you’re learning about (whenever possible).
- Study in different physical positions – at your desk, on your stomach, on your back etc.
- Use your finger to guide you through long texts.
- Act out information as often as possible.
So no matter what kind of learner you are, whether it be visual, auditory or tactile, or perhaps all three, you can use these study methods to get the best out of your study sessions. Perhaps some of these tips will take your studying to a whole new level.