How to study most effectively based on your learning style

Get great results by using the best study methods for your learning style!

We are all so unique in so many ways, and the way we learn (take in, retain and use information) is no different! Knowing your learning style will help you to determine the best way to study to achieve the results you deserve. As part of our unique BrightSparkz approach, we encourage learners to complete a learning styles assessment. If you want to find out what your learning style is, you can find out by booking our 2 hour Study Skills Crash Course!

Types of learning styles and their study methods

Visual (Spatial) Learners

This type of learner is very comfortable in a spatial environment – they can easily understand the relationship between object placement and the environment (how objects fit into the environment). They enjoy colour, images, diagrams and maps.

Study methods for the visual learner

  • Mind maps
  • Summaries or outlines
  • Using colour and colour-coded notes
  • Bullet lists with stars
  • Graphs or charts
  • Using visual technology

Auditory Learners

People who reinforce their learning through sound, enjoy music and often sing to themselves are auditory learners. They enjoy podcasts and recorded lectures.

Study methods for the auditory learner

  • Reading aloud to themselves
  • Teaching others verbally using their study notes
  • Study groups where the material is discussed
  • Reading their notes aloud and recording for study purposes
  • Making up rhymes or songs using their study material
  • Recording and listening to lectures

Verbal (Linguistic) Learners

Verbal learners tend to be articulate people who express themselves well and they enjoy words, both written and spoken.

Study methods for the verbal learner

  • Memorization (they have excellent memories)
  • Reading through notes and writing summaries
  • Using keywords (keyword cards)
  • Word games, rhymes
  • Brain dumping their thoughts onto paper
  • Acting out or role-playing concepts

Kinesthetic Learners

These learners are hands-on and learn best by doing activities using touch and movement. They are sensory learners.

Study methods for the kinesthetic learner

  • Drawing diagrams or pictures
  • Physically making a model of a concept
  • Using building blocks, or physically counting objects
  • Reciting whilst walking, running or being physically
  • Sitting on a medicine (Pilates) ball at their desk
  • Using interactive technology

Logical (Mathematical) Learners

Logical learners are great problem solves who understand cause and effect easily. They often excel at mathematics and analyse and classify everything.

Study methods for the logical learner

  • Using numbers and statistics – numbers games
  • Classifying and organizing the information
  • Identifying reasons for the way things are
  • Solving mathematical concepts

Social (Interpersonal) Learners

This type of learner thrives in groups as they get positive reinforcement from others. They are often confident and great communicators who enjoy relating to others.

Study methods for the social learner

  • Studying in groups
  • Discussions or sharing knowledge verbally
  • Teaching others what they have learned
  • Acting/role playing

Solitary (Intrapersonal) Learners

Some people prefer studying alone, using their great goal-setting and time management skills. They need a quiet, undisturbed environment to study in.

Study methods for the solitary learner

  • Studying in a quiet environment without interruptions
  • Using a study timetable
  • Working alone and not in a group
  • Using imagery and their vivid imaginations
  • Using a journal or personal notes they have developed

Regardless of what learning style you may use, our Study Skills Crash Course will give you the necessary skills to ensure you succeed!

 

This article first appeared on www.brightsparkz.co.za, and was written by Natalie Wilke, BrightSparkz Staff & Blog Author

Before You Break! Why Study Breaks Are Important

The Benefits of Study Breaks and How to Use Them Effectively

When faced with looming exams, it can often be a student’s first instinct to cram, pull all-nighters, or study for long periods of time uninterrupted. While this may work for a few students, studies find that studying without regular breaks can actually decrease academic performance and results. In addition, it can lead to anxiety, depression and insomnia! Research suggests that short mental breaks, doing something completely different, will actually help you to focus. Study breaks can improve retention and understanding over longer periods, as well as relax your mind.

Making study breaks successful

• Make a note of where you are stopping
• Set a time limit to your break, and stick to it
• Change your scenery
• Know yourself, and don’t start any activity that you could easily get lost in
• Get back to work as soon as your break ends, without stressing about how much there is left to do or procrastinating

What not to do in a study break

• Update your Facebook
• Phone or message a friend
• Anything to do with the subject you’re studying
• Start a new series
• The same thing you did in your last break!

What to do instead

• Exercise: take a walk, kick a ball around, or dance to your favourite song
• Meditate
• Nap for 10-20 minutes (any longer and you’ll just feel drowsy!)
• Make a (healthy) snack
• Read a book or magazine

 

This article originally appeared on www.brightsparkz.co.za, and was written by Tessa Cooper, BrightSparkz Staff & Blog Writer