Learning styles reflect our preferred method of acquiring, processing, storing, and remembering information. Learning styles are primarily grouped in three major categories, though it is possible to possess a variety of these styles. Knowing how you best learn information is an important tool to help you tailor studying, based on your individual needs and preferences. Below is a brief description of the three primary learning styles. Many resources have been designed to help you assess your dominant learning style. Come by our office for more information and to find out the best learning tips for each learning style.
Visual learners prefer the written word, diagrams, and pictures. They find it easier to visualize a task or concept rather than being lectured about the topic. Visual learners may have difficulty following spoken directions. They benefit from written directions, taking notes, color coding notes, and visualizing spelling of words or faces to be memorized.
Auditory learners prefer listening to information, to the spoken word. They may face difficulty following written directions and may benefit from the use of tapes for class notes.
Kinesthetic learners prefer to learn by hands-on experience, by doing. They may have difficulty sitting still and may benefit from experiential learning and taking frequent breaks in study periods.
Mnemonics are organizational techniques people use to help learn and retain information. These ·memory tricks· help us remember information in many different academic areas and include using acronyms, acrostics, method of loci, and visual associations.
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Different Mnemonic Techniques
The human brain codes and interprets complex stimuli · images, color, sounds, smells, tastes, touch, spatial awareness, emotion, and language. Human memory is made up of all these features.
Typically, however, students use primarily the written word to memorize information, and often resort to reading, re-reading, and repetition to memorize material. We can increase our capacity to retain information by using mnemonic techniques. Below are some brief examples of techniques that can help you improve your memory.