The key to being successful in nursing school is to know how to study. However, the key to knowing how to study material is to know what type of learning style fits you best. There are various learning styles and most people are a combination of each learning style with one style being the most dominant.
In this article, I want to explain the VARK model learning styles which are auditory, visual, tactile (Kinesthetic), and read-write and show you some signs and study styles for each type.
Why is it important to figure out your learning style?
- It helps guide you in the way should study. For instance, a visual learner should avoid study groups, whereas, an auditory leaner would benefit from them.
- It will save you a lot of time! If you are a visual learner and sign-up to go to a study group, you could be wasting valuable time you could use studying on your own.
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Learning Styles & How to Study
Signs of an Auditory Learner:
- Like to listen to lectures and having things explained to them
- Study by speaking out and reciting material over and over. In other words, saying things and hearing it again helps them remember.
- Like to read out loud rather than silently.
- Generally, an eloquent person and can communicate their thoughts easily which allow them to be good debaters.
- They like for professors to verbally explain an assignment rather than reading instructions about it.
- Good at explaining material to others!
Study Strategies for Auditory Learners:
- ROPE Memorization: Repeat mnemonics over and over and make flash cards and repeat the terms over and over.
- Teach others the material and form study groups.
- Read class notes out loud and re-write them.
- When reading chapters say important material out loud and record your voice while doing this and then listen to it over and over.
- Develop jingles or songs or find some.
Signs of a Visual Learner:
- They love looking at drawings and images in their textbook.
- Good at following directions with of a diagram.
- Like to formulate images in their mind when thinking.
- Like to take notes during class
- Rather read than listen to a lecture
- Have a vivid memory and good at memorizing people faces
- Like terms or concepts color-coded
- Like to see the professor write on the board and draw images
Study Strategies for Visual Learners:
- Develop or find illustrations that help you remember concepts
- Study by self without noise or distractions
- Use colored pens and draw images when you take notes
- Read material before class at least the key concepts and chapter summaries
- Make outlines when reading and taking notes
- Make copies of diagrams and refill it in
- Replace key concepts words with visual images
Signs of a Tactile aka Kinesthetic Learner:
- Learns best by doing (experiencing) rather than listening to a lecture or watching someone demonstrate a task
- Good at learning through doing it themselves and manipulating objects so they can see how they work
- Fidgeting when having to sit still for long period (best to have a task to do while learning)
- Likes to learn by participating with games or activities
- Find yourself acting out conversations with people before you have them
Study Strategies for Tactile aka Kinesthetic Learners:
- Workout while listening to lectures that you’ve recorded
- Have something to do while listening to lectures (squeezing a stress ball)
- Apply key concepts to the real world. Use activity sets to help you learn best. For example, buy a skeletal to learn the bones and see how they are formed and located in the body (make it real to yourself)
- Don’t study for long periods of time, take frequent breaks
- Study with a partner and act out key concepts through role play
- Turn studying into a game with other and develop study quizzes or play a jeopardy type game. You learn best through participation!
Signs of a Read-Write Learner:
- Best at reading material and writing out what they read in their own words
- Love to take notes which are very detailed
- Find professors who give out detailed lecture and handouts to be helpful
- Find diagrams and illustration useless
- Learn best by re-writing notes several times and each time they re-write them in your own words
- Rather read by self or ready to others (doesn’t like for someone to read to them because they want to see the words)
Read-Write Study Strategies:
- Take detailed notes during class and go home and re-write them in your own words
- If you don’t understand something re-write your notes several times
- Study alone! Avoid study groups because they are too distracting.
- Take diagrams and illustration and turn them into sentences or step-by-step instructions
- Make a study guide or detailed outline when studying
- Use bullet points to separate out key concepts
- Re-write and re-read everything
Learn your learning style and develop a study strategy that fits you the best!
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