Student study tips: What type of learner are you?

April 2020

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Trying to make the most of your revision time? Identifying the best learning style for you can make studying simpler. Some students find they prefer a single style of learning, while others like to mix-and-match. Take a look at the tips below, to see which ones are best suited to you. 


Are you a Visual Learner?

  • You remember what you read, not what you hear.
  • You learn best from seeing things written out or drawn.
  • Colours help you organise information.
  • You like taking detailed notes.
  • You find spoken directions hard to remember and are easily distracted by noise.
  • You need to ask a lot of questions.

Revision tips:

  • You learn best using visual tools such as flashcards, post it notes and mindmaps.
  • Where appropriate, ask for handouts from the lectuers to revise from.
  • Try closing your eyes and visualizing concepts to help you remember them.
  • Use lots of colour in your notes.
  • Draw what you are visualising.
  • Utilise to-do lists.

Top tip for visual learners: Keep your study space uncluttered and quiet.

Are you an Auditory Learner?

  • You are good at explaining ideas out loud.
  • You are skilled at presentations.
  • You follow verbal instructions well.
  • You are able to work through complex problems by talking out loud.
  • You benefit from group discussions.
  • You recall spoken information with greater ease than written.

Revision tips:

  • Read out loud when studying.
  • Quiz a study buddy.
  • Record yourself reading your notes.
  • Listen to music while studying.
  • Repeat facts with your eyes closed.
  • If you do make flashcards read them out loud.
  • Teach someone else your notes, whether this is a friend, family member or a pet.

Top tip for auditory learners: When possible, read questions out loud.

Are you a Kinaesthetic Learner?

  • You need to be actively engaged in your learning.
  • You have an excellent motor memory and can duplicate something after doing it a few times.
  • You learn best through the process of doing.
  • You can easily become bored in a traditional classroom setting.
  • You prefer to stand up or pace when revising as your are more engaged and connected to the learning process.

Revision tips: 

  • Combine study with exercise.
  • Test yourself and bounce a tennis ball for each question you answer correctly.
  • Draw flowcharts and use post it notes. 
  • Write your own notes by hand rather than type them.
  • Revise in a group.
  • Design your own practice tests.
  • Use lots of examples in your notes.

Top tip for kinaesthetic learners: Take regular breaks to move around/exercise.