Learning Styles Study Tips

Everyone learns best in his or her own way. By trying different techniques, you can figure out which methods work best for you. Below are strategies that help students with different learning styles. Try them, adapt them, and add to them.

Auditory Learners

Auditory learners absorb information best by hearing it aloud. They do well with oral instructions and class discussions, while sometimes struggling more in classes that entail large amounts of reading.

  • Try using a tape recorder for lectures and discussion (play back the tape later)
  • Have a study partner read your writing aloud to you while listening for mistakes or possible changes
  • Say sentences aloud before or during writing
  • Brainstorm into a tape recorder and play it back, stopping as you write
  • Orally work through steps of problems/assignments and instructions
  • Attend study group sessions
  • Ask to be told directions, as well as receiving a written copy

Hands-On/Kinesthetic Learners

Kinesthetic learners understand and learn through the process of doing. They often excel in labs and classes that involve physical motion. Heavy-reading and writing classes may be a difficult for hands-on learners.

  • Use as many different senses as possible (use scented markers, chew gum, use flash cards, punch holes in flashcards for texture)
  • Ask to do projects instead of papers/worksheets
  • Use manipulative material and objects as much as possible
  • Involve motion into studying
  • Take breaks from long sitting sessions (get up, move around)
  • Draw maps, mind maps, and diagrams of projects/papers
  • Take notes during lectures (the process of writing it down will probably help you remember the material)

Visual Learners

Visual learners understand concepts by being able to see them, and they learn new tasks by watching them demonstrated. Lectures can be difficult and boring for visual learners, but overheads, slides, and writing on the board can help.

  • Take notes and create outlines during lectures
  • Use symbols and abbreviations in your notes
  • Learn shorthand (or develop your own!)
  • Read lecture materials ahead of time
  • Pay attention to slides/writing on board/outlines
  • Ask for demonstrations and examples whenever possible
  • Outline, mind map
  • Draw diagrams and pictures
  • Color code
  • Study away from visual distractions (i.e. televisions, posters, motion)