All students have their own preferences when it comes to learning. Some students need to see it, others want to hear it, and some just don't get it unless they can use their hands or involve movement. Anytime students are forced to confront new information, learn a new skill, or do a task in a new way, they will instinctively try to learn, understand, and master this new information or task in the way that is most comfortable to them.
However, when it comes to studying, many students will try to use methods or strategies that range from less effective to downright counterproductive. Therefore, we have created this learning styles page to provide links to short inventories that can help students not only better understand how they learn, but this knowledge will help them to learn and study more effectively.
This site allows students to take a quick 20-question quiz that will let them know whether they're a visual, auditory, or tactile (hands-on) learner.
Learning Styles Quiz
A short 12-item quiz helps students understand how they best learn.
What is My Learning Style?
Provides some lengthier learning style assessments (40-45 items). The site can also be translated into Spanish with one click.
Virginia Tech Study Skills Inventory
This site provides a quick inventory to help students assess the conditions of how they best study. Believe it or not, each student's optimal way of studying is not the same. Find out how you study best.
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Study Secrets of Great Students
1) Set Goals
- Write your goals on a piece of paper and post it where you’ll see it every day
- At the end of the day, ask yourself…” Did what I do today help me get closer to reaching my goal?” If the answer is yes, give yourself a pat on the back and continue your progress tomorrow. If the answer is no, ask yourself how you will do a better job tomorrow. Remember, the journey of a 1,000 miles begins with the first step.
2) Plan Your Time
- Use your agenda, a calendar, or a planner.
- Write down assignments.
3) Study Every Day
- Read actively—take notes on what you’re reading
- Review Notes from Class
- Make flashcards for new vocabulary or important dates
- Work on a long-term assignment although there is no homework for that class
4) Be Prepared
- Supplies—Show up with them everyday
- Take out homework and hand in as soon as possible or share via Google Docs as soon as you finish the work
This site provides some basic tips to follow to increase testing success.