As you move through school, one thing that becomes clear; not every student learns in the same way. There are a variety of ways that students retain information, including through visual, auditory and tactile techniques. Once you discover what kind of learner you are and how you best retain information, you can effectively develop ways to study smart, and retain information for longer.
Some of you will need to discover what type of learner you are, some of you may already know. For instance, you may have found you learn best when your teacher drew diagrams on the board, and that you retain information best visually. However, you may still be unsure as to how you learn best, and this is unique to you! There are l tests available online that help hone in on how you study best through a series of specific questions. A good example of one of these tests is available here.
Once you have determined what learning style works best for you, you can begin to apply the study tips below.
If you are a visual learner, it can be a great idea to colour code your notes to draw attention to key points. You should also utilise pictures and diagrams to help convey concepts you are trying to understand, such as drawing a diagram of DNA to help understand your science homework or creating speech bubbles with important quotes from your English work. You can also retain information through repetitive exposure. Print out your notes and place it around your home, such as in the bathroom or on your bedroom door.
If you’ve found yourself to be an auditory learner, recording information to listen to repetitively may you help you retain information better. Listen to these recordings before bed, or on your morning trip to school on the bus. Additionally, reading and repeating facts or important parts of information to yourself is another effective way to retain information. Get a family member or friend to test you based on the topic you are learning. Lastly, watching videos and participating in group discussions are other great ways to retain information as this type of learner!
Tactile learners learn by touch and movements and often, associate movements with words so actions such as chewing and pacing whilst studying can often assist information retention. If you learn like this, you can also rely on interactive quizzes and games to help retain information. Quizlet, an online quiz platform, almost always has content available for every different topic and can be a great way for tactile learners to absorb information.
By determining your learning style and how you study best, you can ensure that you are being the best student you can be!