Our last article looked at three types of learners.
Today, we’ll look at the fourth learning style and introduce some appropriate learning techniques. You’ll also find tips on how to identify what type of learner you are.
Communicative learners and learning techniques
Do you actively participate during classes, initiate conversations, and prefer to work in a group? If you love teamwork and discussing with others, then you are a communicative learner. You learn best through lively exchange with others. Communicating with people helps you to understand topics better and gain additional knowledge.
As a communicative learner, you learn best together with others in a group. The more frequently you discuss the material you need to learn, the easier you will find it to recall in your next exam.
If your friends don’t have time to study with you, you can create your own short presentations on the topics you need to learn and present them to your family, or even to yourself in front of a mirror.
If your fellow students are having problems with a topic, why not offer to help them? Explaining the material to someone else will also support your learning process.
What type of learner am I?
There are several assessment tests available online. Why not take the time to try out a few different tests? You should not expect the result to be 100% correct at this point; such tests are very general and may not always reflect your character.
However, they can be a useful tool for self-reflection. Try to answer the questions as accurately as possible and consider the hows and whys. Think about your how you have learned in the past. Which things did you find it easy to remember? Which learning techniques did you use? Make some notes: are there any parallels between your learning achievements and your exam results?
If this doesn’t help, why not try out different learning techniques for all four types and see which ones work best for you? Perhaps you think of yourself as a visual learner but now realize that the suggested techniques don’t suit you at all. Perhaps communication-driven methods are more effective for you.
In some cases, a person may be a combination of several types of learner. Learning styles may also vary between subjects; for example, you may find auditory learning techniques more effective for learning languages, whereas visual or kinesthetic methods may be more useful when you are studying science subjects.
Learning is not always easy. However, understanding what type of learner you are and which techniques work best for you will help you to achieve greater success.
Many people are a combination of different learner types and can use a variety of learning methods. Why not try out different techniques to see which learning styles suit you best?
Mature students: the route to a bachelor’s degree for over 25s
Are you fed up with your current job or unhappy with your choice of profession? Have you ever considered changing your career direction and going to university? Our next article on Friday, June 14, 2019 will focus on studying as a mature student.
We’ll explain why it still makes sense to study for a bachelor’s degree if you are over 25, and why it’s worth taking the challenge and starting your studies later in life.
Regina is a graduate of the University of Applied Sciences Europe who studied as a mature student. At the age of 30, she decided quit her job and follow her dreams by studying. Find out more about Regina and what motivated her to study in this video .