How to Effectively Study

Studying is hard... lets try make it easier

Firstly, lets figure out your learning technique:

There are 4 main styles of learning [Auditory, Visual, and Kinesthetic learners]

Auditory learners-

  • benefit from oral instructions

  • likes to talk

  • loses concentration easily

  • remembers names easily

  • Extroverted

  • Prefers verbal praise

  • likes listening

Visual learners-

  • thoughts wander during lectures

  • Well organised

  • likes to read

  • concentrates well

  • good at spelling

  • good handwriting

  • good memory for faces, but not names

Kinesthetic learners-

  • move around a lot

  • likes to participate in learning

  • not very good at spelling

  • likes to try new things

  • talks with gestures [moves hands a lot]

  • likes to touch objects

If you are still confused, take this quiz;

Methods to adopt with your learning techniques;


  • Record lectures for repeated listening

  • Use rhymes to help memorize

  • Say study material (record and listen repeatedly for review)

  • Listen to recordings of study material while driving to work or school

  • Read aloud

  • Discuss the material

  • Listen carefully

  • Sound out words

  • Say words in syllables

  • Talk through problems; paraphrase ideas about new concepts

  • Paraphrase directions

  • Talk about illustrations and diagrams in texts

  • With new processes, talk about what to do, how to do it and why it’s done that way


  • Use mind pictures or mind maps

  • Take notes

  • Use “clue” words for recalling

  • Use colored highlighters to color code texts and notes

  • Use maps, charts, diagrams, and lists

  • Watch audiovisuals

  • Take photographs

  • Use study cards or flashcards

  • Use notebooks

  • Watch instructor’s mouth and face

  • Use visual chains or mnemonics

  • Watch TV

  • See parts of words

  • Write down directions


  • Walk while studying

  • Move and lecture the walls

  • Do things as you say them

  • Practice by repeating motions

  • Dance as you study

  • Write words; use markers, pens, pencils to see if they “feel right”

  • When memorizing, use finger to write on the table or in the air

  • Associate a feeling with information

  • Stretch

  • Write on a white board in order to use gross muscle movement

  • Use the computer

  • Use hands-on activities with objects that can be touched

  • Study in short time periods; get up and walk around in between

  • Make study tools to hold

  • Use flash cards; separate into “know” and “don’t know” piles

  • Use plastic letters and magnetic boards for new vocabulary

  • Write and rewrite to commit to memory