We hear it time and time again – every one learns differently – but what exactly does that mean? What is your learning style or your child’s learning style? And once you know that, how can we use this information to improve opportunities for success in school? Today, Brooklyn Insight Tutoring Center takes a deeper look into learning styles.
- Read over your notes and use various colors of highlighters to organize and segment information.
- Watch video lectures of the material you are studying, or just videos related to the content area.
- When studying, use a whiteboard to rewrite information, redraw diagrams, and work through problems.
- Make use of graphic organizers and infographics.
- Create flashcards with images – linking concepts to a picture will help make it more concrete (these are sometimes referred to as “concept cards”).
- Have someone re-read your notes to you or read them out loud to yourself.
- For especially difficult-to-remember material, record yourself reciting it out loud and then listen to it.
- Create a rhyme or a song out of the material, and then repeat it to yourself out loud.
- Listen to podcasts on the material.
- Listen to an audio version of your textbook.
- When watching a video in class, listening to a podcast, or sitting in a lecture, always take notes. This will push you to be active in the learning process. (This is actually a great tip for most people, regardless of learning style).
- Create flashcards when studying.
- When possible, create simulations or role-play to model a concept you are learning.
- Don’t be a passive reader. If you have to read something for class, have a physical copy in front of you that you can highlight, underline, write notes in the margins, and question as you read (of course, if you are allowed to write in the text). If not, use post-its.
- When studying math, use physical objects to practice what you learned. For example, when learning how to add and subtract, use grains of rice, toothpicks, or any other small objects to illustrate.
Still not sure what type of learner you are? Take one of these online tests to determine your learning style:
If your child struggles in school and could benefit from more individualized instruction customized to his or her learning style, contact Insight Tutoring Center, a local tutoring business in Brooklyn.