Learning Styles Learning by Reflecting
- In touch with emotional content in learning.
- Thrive in Humanities classes
- Learning by observing rather than participating
- Preferred activities
Learning by Thinking Critically
- Preferred Activities
- Lecture, writing papers, debating, executing projects, building models, evaluating theories
Learning by Doing
- Types of Classes
- Science and math
- Career-oriented classes
- Preferred activities
- Lab work, applied projects, field work, modeling, games and simulations, problem sets
Learning by Thinking Creatively
- Chances to think creatively aren’t limited to the Fine Arts
- Preferred activities
- Writing stories, brainstorming, solving problems in original ways, designing research, making posters
- Create graphic organizers such as diagrams and
- concept maps that use visual symbols to represent ideas
- and information.
- When trying to remember information, close your eyes
- and visualize the information.
- Include illustrations as you take notes in class.
- Use highlighter pens of contrasting colors to color code
- different aspects of the information in your textbooks.
- Sit in the front of the class so that you can clearly see the
- teacher. This will allow you to pick up facial expressions
- and body language that provide cues that what your teacher
- is saying is important to write in your notes.
- When reviewing information, rewrite or draw the information from memory.
- When taking notes, replace words with symbols wherever possible.
- Type your written notes from class using different fonts, bold print, and underlining to make the most important concepts and facts visually apparent.
- When solving math problems that involve a sequence of steps, draw a series of boxes, each containing the appropriate piece of information in sequence.
- Study in a place that is free from visual distractions.
- When using flashcards, limit the amount of information on a card so that you can form a mental picture of the information.
- Watch videos about topics you are studying in class.
- When hearing a new word you want to remember, visualize its spelling.
- Participate in study groups in which you can talk things out.
- If allowed by your teacher, use a recording device to record class sessions. Use the recordings to support your written notes.
- Use a recording device to record important information from your textbooks so that you can listen to the information as frequently as needed.
- Work out math problems aloud, explaining to yourself the steps you are doing.
- Repeat facts and definitions of words over and over to yourself with your eyes closed.
- Create musical jingles or songs to remember information.
- Dictate assigned papers and type them later.
- Participate in class discussions as much as possible.
- Look for books on tape or other audio materials when learning about a subject.
- Be certain that your study place is free of auditory distractions.
- When you encounter new words while reading, sound them out syllable by syllable.
- Sit in front of the class to minimize things that might distract you from what your teacher is saying.
- Read aloud when doing proofreading.
- Be physically active while you study. Rather than just sit at your desk, occasionally walk back and forth with your textbook or notes as you read the information out loud.
- To decrease your fidgeting as you study, listen to music, preferably baroque music. However, discontinue this if you find the music to be distracting.
- Make extensive use of a computer and the Internet. Actively touching the keyboard will keep your mind active.
- Take extensive written notes in class. Edit and type them later.
- Study in short blocks of time with frequent but short breaks.
- Do something physical as you study such as tapping a pencil or squeezing a stress ball.
- Use your finger as a guide while reading.
- Act out things you have to learn whenever possible.
- Construct models of things you have to learn whenever possible.
- If you find it difficult to sit at a desk when studying, trying lying on your stomach or back.
- When trying to remember information, close your eyes and "write" the information in the air. Picture the information in your mind as you do so.
- Use concrete objects to help you understand math concepts.
- When trying to learn the spelling of a difficult word, arrange letter blocks to spell the word.
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- Sit near the front
- Eliminate distractions in the environment
- Reduce the pressures that pull you off task
- Practice stress management
- Don’t shut down
- Track your progress
- Sit in the front
- Bring articles or newspaper clippings
- Get to know your instructor informally
- Visit your instructor during office hours
- Use email
- Seek a mentor
Retention of Information
- 50% of lecture material you will forget in 1 hour
- 80% of lecture material you will forget in 3 days
- Review notes within 5 hours
- Taking notes improves retention 30%
- Use of visual aids improves retention 40%
- Sugar melts concentration.
- Turkey slows concentration. (Thanksgiving)
- A good food for concentration - Fruit
- If sluggish in the a.m., have nothing but fruit until about noon.
- One peanut will produce energy for an hour.
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