We all have our own preferences when it comes to learning a new topic or revising for a test.
Some of us are more interested in re-reading our notes while others prefer creating elaborate mind-maps with pristine colour co-ordination.
There are no right or wrong ways to learn. But finding the technique that suits you best can help you get your best results.
There are traditionally four types of learning styles; which are you?
You're a visual learner who uses diagrams and mind maps. Artists do well if they’re given graphics and images to learn from, rather than just being talked at. They're also likely to create stories or imagery to help with problem-solving.
Revision tip: create mind maps and keep them colour co-ordinated.
Movers (or kinaesthetic learners) like revising on the go; they study by doing, rather than being told theory. If you're a mover, you’re always itching to get up off your seat and start doing stuff in classes. Your strengths will be practical exams and physical subjects.
Revision tip: make lots of flashcards and arrange them into groups to understand relationships between different topics, or pace up and down your room while you revise.
Listeners (or auditory learners) are good at taking in information. They revise well by saying things out loud. If you're a listener, your strengths lie in giving presentations and explaining things. You might not need to take notes in class, but you're absorbing the information anyway.
Revision tip: make revision cards and read them out loud.
This type of learner loves to write down everything. They’re always making notes in class and they’re fantastic essay writers. Their revision strengths lie in making lots of clearly laid-out revision notes, which they read and reread.
Revision tip: revise, write down, read, repeat.
So, what kind of learner are you? Not sure? Try this learning style quiz to find out. And don't forget to post your results below.
Once you've discovered your learning style, you'll have a better idea of the kind of revision that will work best for you. But don't pigeon-hole yourself!
Understanding your learning style can be a great starting point, but you'll do best if you mix it up sometimes and try out a different method.
What do you think about the different types of learning? Does your learning style fit into these categories, or do you have another secret way you learn?