Knowing your learning style, improves your study technique!

by / Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Everyone learns better when they are studying in a way which suits their learning style. Personally, if I haven’t seen something written down, I will not be able to remember it. This means I am a visual learner. The other two main types are auditory (people who prefer to hear things when learning) and kinaesthetic (people who prefer to move when learning). Try this test to see what kind of learner you are.

Everyone is usually a mix of them all but here a couple of things to remember:

  • When you are learning as an adult, you may find that you need to change the way that you studied at school. Just because it’s how you did it at school, doesn’t mean it’s the best way.
  • When you are learning a second language, your learning style preference may be different to when studying in your own language.  For example, if you have good reading skills in English, you may find that you become more of a visual learner, but are usually an auditory learner in your native language.
  • Match your study techniques to your learning style.  If you don’t find studying interesting or find it difficult to concentrate, you’re probably studying in the wrong way.
  • Try out different things and see which one suits you best. For example, there are lots of different ways to remember vocabulary – repeating the words, writing them down, using an site like Quizlet, seeing pictures – all of these are great ways, but you need to see which is the best for you.

Keep checking our Study Centre – all the teachers will be putting lots of study techniques and advice in there!