GPA is the most important factor in the college admissions process. One way to improve your grades is to know your preferred learning style. Each learning style has specific strategies which can be helpful to assist you in learning material. Take a look below and see if you can figure out YOUR learning style. Once you have done so, we encourage you to utilize some of these strategies while studying for your classes.
Visual Learning Style
These students learn language skills by sight, mainly by reading and watching. They tend to be fast thinkers, to gesture freely while talking, and to communicate very clearly and concisely. They learn well from demonstration process – they must see to understand.
These students are able to understand material when they’re able to see numbers written. Alike with visual language students, they must see to understand, learn best by reading and writing, and tend to be fast thinkers.
Auditory Learning Style
These students learn best by listening. When studying, auditory learners listen to podcasts or video blogs that include various information pertaining to a subject. When recalling information, they are quick to remember specific phrases and statistics they heard during a lesson or supplemental study resource. They are normally very attentive listeners, and actively participate in conversations.
These students are better with numbers when they can hear them spoken. These learners listen to statistics several times over in order to fully understand the information they’ve been given. They’re especially interested in visualizing numbers based on how the statistic or math problem is explained.
Kinesthetic Learning Style
These people are feeling and touch-oriented, good at hands-on tasks, good linguists, and very sensitive to others' feelings. They learn best by doing and moving. Good ways to learn are through hands-on projects or experiments, writing down the information that they’re provided, and applying it to real-life situations. They may have difficulty sitting for long periods of time.
Individual Learning Style
These students prefer to study on their own. They are diligent and focused, and are most productive
when in a quiet, individual setting. These students often perform well under test-taking conditions.
Group Learning Style
These students learn best by interacting with a group. These people benefit greatly from the environment of a classroom, and do best when they’re able to interact with classmates. Communicative activities allow them to feel comfortable, and group members facilitate their learning capabilities.
Expressive Learning Style
Oral Expression Learner
These students usually do well in speech classes. Oral Expression is the means by which a student
presents their thoughts through speech, and they learn by applying these strategies to classroom
material. They are able to convey their thoughts clearly by way of speech. They often learn best by
creating presentations for their classes.
Written Expression Learner
These students are often very confident in expressing themselves through writing. They are very thorough writers, and this translates into their learning. They read diligently, and will re-read several times until a topic is crystal-clear. They can spend hours rewriting notes and summaries while studying for a test, yet this dedication will earn them excellent grades.
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