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Discover Your Learning Style!

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Have you ever studied with a friend, but then your friend did better on the test? Have you ever sat through a lesson plan in class, and even though you tried to pay attention, you didn’t remember as …

Have you ever studied with a friend, but then your friend did better on the test? Have you ever sat through a lesson plan in class, and even though you tried to pay attention, you didn’t remember as much as your friend did? Not everyone learns the same way. The way you studied or the way the lesson was taught might be right for your friend, but not for you. And if you studied a different way, you may find the learning process easier. This workshop will give you the tools to effectively identify you learning style and apply it towards improving your study skills. Facilitated by Kelly Miller, Academic Advisor and Career Counselor.

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  • 1. What’s Your Learning Style? Kelly Miller, Academic Advisor/Counselor Academic Advising & Career Counseling Center
  • 2. Three Types of Learning Styles
    • Visual
    • Auditory
    • Kinesthetic
  • 3. 3 Modes of Learning
    • The college student who is strong in all three modes of learning will most likely be successful
    • Even if you are not strong in all 3 modes, you can learn to improve through various strategies
  • 4. Visual Learners
    • Learn best when information is presented visually and in a written language format
  • 5. Preferences of Visual Learners
    • Prefer instructors who use the blackboard/overhead or who provide an outline to follow along with during lecture
    • Benefit from information obtained from textbooks and class notes
    • Like to study by yourself in a quiet room
  • 6. Preferences of Visual Learners
    • Able to picture information “in your mind’s eye”
    • May enjoy visual art and design activities
    • Easily recall information presented in pictures, charts, or diagrams
    • May have strong visual-spatial skills
  • 7. Kinesthetic Learner
    • Learn best from instructors who encourage in-class demonstrations, “hands on” student learning experiences, and field work outside the classroom
  • 8. Preferences of Kinesthetic Learners
    • Learn best by moving their bodies as they learn
    • Often wiggle, tap their feet, or move their legs when they sit
    • May do well as performers: athletes, actors, or dancers
  • 9. Preferences of Kinesthetic Learners
    • Work well with their hands, for example: sculpting, art or working with various tools
    • Often well coordinated and have a strong sense of timing and body movement
  • 10. Auditory Learning Style
    • Learn best from listening to lecture and participating in group discussions
  • 11. Preferences of Auditory Learners
    • Accurately remember details that they hear during conversations and lectures
    • Often have a well-developed vocabulary and can articulate their ideas clearly
    • May find learning a foreign language to be easy
    • Often have musical talents
  • 12. Strategies for Visual Learners
    • Sit in the first three rows of class
    • Rewrite notes following lecture
    • Form study groups
    • Write out explanations for information found in diagrams or illustrations
  • 13. Strategies for Visual Learners
    • Create and place “stick it” notes containing key words/concepts in highly visible places
    • Make flashcards of key information
    • Write key words, symbols, and diagrams in margins of textbook
    • Use highlighter pens to “color code” information in notes and text
  • 14. Strategies for Visual Learners
    • Prepare a concept map
    • Find videos that review the information you are trying to learn
    • Use visual analogies or metaphors to associate information
  • 15. Strategies for Kinesthetic Learners
    • Sit in the first three rows of class
    • Form study groups
    • Rewrite your notes
    • Hold the book in your hands while reading
  • 16. Strategies for Kinesthetic Learners
    • Doodle while you are reading or talking
    • Spend extra time in any labs offered to learn important procedures
    • Take notes throughout the class period
    • When studying, walk back and forth with textbook, notes, or flashcards
  • 17. Strategies for Kinesthetic Learners
    • Spend time in the field to gain first-hand experience of your subject matter
    • To learn a sequence of steps, make flashcards for each step and arrange them on a table top to represent the correct sequence
    • Use computer to reinforce learning through the sense of touch
    • Take a walk or exercise while deciding what to write
  • 18. Strategies for the Auditory Learner
    • Sit in the first three rows of class
    • Join a study group
    • When studying by yourself, read your notes and textbook out loud
    • Tape record your lectures
  • 19. Strategies for the Auditory Learner
    • When learning mathematical or technical information, “talk your way” through the sequence of steps
    • Play music or other background noise during study time
  • 20. QUIZ TIME!
    • Give me an example of one strategy that can be used by all learning modes
  • 21. QUIZ TIME!
    • Who are university courses most geared towards? (what learning style)
  • 22. Sources
    • UCLA Bruin Guide to Surviving College
    • http://www.ugeducation.ucla.edu/aitc/tips.html
    • Texas Tech University XL Strategies for Learning
    • http://www.depts.ttu.edu/passxl/pdfs/Characteristics_of_Modalities_and_Useful_Strategies.pdf
    • The Four Learning Styles in the DVC Survey
    • http://www.metamath.com/lsweb/fourls.htm

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