Study Skills & Techniques


Auditory Learning Style:

A learning style in which a person learns through listening, students depend on hearing and speaking as a main way of learning. Auditory learners enjoy discussions and talking things through and listening to others. They acquire knowledge by reading aloud and often hum and/or talk to themselves.

  • Record lectures/ class notes- listen to the recording repeatedly instead of reading notes

  • Participate in class and ask questions

  • Read assignments outloud

  • Make flashcards and read them outloud (Quizlet)

           -Examples: on quizlet you can write down the words and definitions, you can then quiz yourself with them and see them as flashcards there is an option for audio so that you can hear the definition and also hear the word

  • When doing math, use graph paper

  • Use different colors (highlight, tabs, sticky notes) to distinguish material

             -Example: yellow for definitions, orange for examples, and green for topics                                                     

             -Example: blue for metaphors, green for similes, yellow for idioms


Kinesthetic Learning Style:

If the physical style is more like you, it’s likely that you use your body and sense of touch to learn about the world around you. You use touch, action, movement and hands-on work in your learning activities.

  • Use physical objects as much as possible. Physically touch objects as you learn about what they do. Flashcards can help you memorize information because you can touch and move them around.

  • Keep in mind as well that writing and drawing diagrams are physical activities, so don’t neglect these techniques. Perhaps use big sheets of paper and large color markers for your diagrams.

  • Use breathing and relaxation to focus your state while you learn and perform.

  • Role play the exam situation in your own room.

Visual Learning Style:A visual learner is commonly known to learn through utilizing graphs, charts, maps and diagrams. It is a way of learning in which information is associated with images or graphics. This learning style requires that learners first see what they are expected to know. A visual learner usually views issues from different perspectives, prefer to process information on graphs, diagrams and infographics, have an easy time memorizing visual patterns, and like to map out problems.

  • Color coding

    • Using multiple different colors to enhance and categorize your notes.

    • Using colored index cards to study certain topics.

  • Drawing

    • Draw out a word problem in math!

  • Creating mind maps

  • Utilizing graphic organizers