Written by: Marlee Ruark, Student Writer (English Major and Christian Studies Minor)With finals coming up, we are all having to crunch down and study hard. I have always been really extra when it comes to studying because I try to push myself to do my best. But before I figured out what study tools worked best for me, I had no idea where to begin. I thought I would share some study tips that I have found throughout high school and college that might be beneficial to others. Before you go through my tips, it is important to know what type of learner you are. There are typically three types of learners: visual learners, auditory learners, and kinesthetic/tactile learners. Visual learners learn best by seeing, auditory learners learn best by listening, and kinesthetic learners learn best by doing. Take the test (http://www.educationplanner.org/students/self-assessments/learning-styles-quiz.shtml) to discover what type of learner you are. After taking the test given above, I discovered that I am 35% visual, 35% auditory, and 30% tactile. Because of this, it is important that I make sure I use study tips that aid each area of learning. No wonder I have to use multiple forms of studying to be successful!
- Read the Chapter Before Class
- Teach Someone, and/ or Read Over Your Notes at the End of Each Day
- Take Good Notes
- Create Pictures, Graphs, and Charts
- Record Yourself to Quiz Yourself
- Create Rhymes or Songs
- Watch Videos that Explain Your Topic
- Pay Good Attention to Lectures
- Avoid All Distractions and Study in a Quiet Space
- Do Things Hands On
- Fidget While Studying
- Create Flashcards
- Take Frequent Study Breaks
While utilizing every study tip listed above might be unrealistic, I hope that you can find a few that work best for you. Do not be scared to try something new. The majority of these tips have helped me be successful throughout my high school and college career, and hopefully they can help you too.
Happy studying! EducationPlanner, http://www.educationplanner.org/students/self-assessments/learning-styles-quiz.shtml