Different Ways You May Study Best
Hi everyone, I'm Jessica Santina. Welcome to "Just Ask Jessica," where I answer your questions about teaching and learning online.
This episode, we have a question from Scott, an online student in Las Vegas. He says, "I'm currently taking an online psychology class so I can earn my degree while still working. But there seems to be a lot of reading involved, and I don't learn very well this way. Are there any other methods I can use to help me study?"
Good question Scott – it's one I hear all the time. The short answer is yes. You probably won't be able to cut out reading completely, but there are other study methods you can use. But first you'll want to figure out what type of learner you are.
There are a ton of different models out there that break down different learning styles, but the one I like best is VARK, which stands for Visual, Aural or Auditory, Reading and Writing, and Kinesthetic. Plus it just sounds cool.
To see which type of learning suits you best, take the short VARK quiz I've linked here.
Once you've finished, we'll dive a little deeper into each one.
Let's start with visual learners. Now if you're a visual learner, then graphs, diagrams, videos, live demonstrations – they all speak to you in ways that a paragraph simply can't. Scott, since you're taking your psychology class online, chances are visuals are already heavily integrated into the lecture material. You also might try color coding your notes as you read.
Next we have aural and auditory learners. If you're one of these folks, then listening to music while studying, or recording notes verbally and playing them back can help you retain information more easily. Podcasts are also a great tool for auditory learners.
Now Scott, reading and writing may not be your favorite way to learn, but it is for some of us, including myself. I know big surprise, right, considering I'm an English teacher? Reading and writing learners absorb information best through text-based material and often have photographic memories about our notes. If we've written it down, we remember it.
Last up are kinesthetic learners. These students learn by doing. They're our engineers, our builders, and our fix-it folks. They don't want a lecture or a textbook – they'd rather figure it out as they go. If you're a kinesthetic learner, try role-playing, drawing pictures, completing interactive games or quizzes and doing other activities that force you to be actively involved, like study groups.
I know I said VARK had only four learning styles, but there's actually a 5th – the multimodal learner, which basically means you don't have a single dominant learning style and might use one or another based on the situation, or you might even use all of them at once.
Well, that about wraps it up for this episode. I hope this helped! You can find more study tips for each learning style on the official VARK site. Let me know what your VARK score is in the comments below, as well as any other questions you have about teaching or learning online. You can also submit your questions at OnlineColleges.com. All the links you need are right here.
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