How to Study

Ensuring that you are able to use methods that are the most effective for studying is an integral part of learning, as well as reducing the time needed after classes or other activities to learn additional skills.

The majority of people are studying wrong. Although there are very specific studying skills that can be used to learn more information, it is important to use a method for studying that is effective for your learning style.

Study Tips for Visual Learners
Those that learn best from visual methods of learning will benefit from using these study tips.

  • Make use of charts and drawing that can be used while studying. You can make these on traditional flash cards or use these within your notes to gain the best grasp on the information that has been presented.
  • Write the information on cards so you are able to view the information and self-test yourself while you are studying.
  • Use anagrams or other visual types of information that can be used to learn the information at hand. Through the anagrams, you can create tools that can be used to jog your memory in the case that you are not able to recall a specific order of items or events.
  • Visual learners can take advantage of learning tools like graphs and charts combined with in depth and detailed notes that can be used to create visual learning tools.
  • Study Tips for Auditory Learners
    Those that learn best from auditory methods of learning will benefit from using these study tips.

  • Use audio cues while studying and trying to learn new information. Use techniques like creating rhymes and songs that can be associated with certain information. This can almost always help to remember lessons.
  • Make use of audio recorders to record the lectures and notes that you are trying to remember. You can play back these recordings through study periods, which can help to not only learn the information but retain the information longer.
  • While learning new information, talk out loud or even form the words with your lips, while speaking the words in your head to retain the information that has been learned.
  • Flash cards are an effective way to learn but they are often not recommended for auditory learners. To make flash cards work for you, while you are studying read the information on the flash card aloud, or even in your head to enable you to learn as much of the information, as easy as possible.
  • Study Tips for Tactile Learners
    Those that learn best from tactile or kinesthetic methods of learning will benefit from using these study tips.

  • Take part in projects and experiments to learn the information. Use this time to experience a formula hands-on or learning how to work something hands-on can help you to learn the information better.
  • As well as writing the notes, use other approaches like creating actual models and graphs of the information that has been learned.
  • Take advantage of experiments that can be completed in the lab, as these can help to play out the information that is learned through the seminars and lectures.
  • Use models to learn. Especially in subjects like science, models can be easily used to learn. For example, memorizing the layers of the earth may be difficult while you are trying to use facts, figures and words, but using other methods such as using an actual model of the earth to learn about the crust, where you are able to touch each layer can be an effective way to learn.
  • Have an activity that helps you to learn. Although you can take advantage of auditory techniques like creating songs and rhymes to learn the information, associate this information with a beat that you are able to create with the tapping of a finger. This can help you to trigger the brain to recall the information.
  • Avoid all distractions while you are studying. It is important to remember that even the smallest thing is able to distract a tactile learner and therefore studying in a quiet area, with no other distractions.

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