Scientifically speaking, there're 9 types of learners out there, but this doesn't mean that a person could only belong to one kind. An average learner will belong at least to 2-3 types where the percentage of each one will vary. What we all agree on is that one type will be the conqueror, and the one/two sub-types will arise under particular circumstances. Your learning type is affected by your environment, mood, and character traits. By knowing your learning type, you'll be aware of how your brain learns best during your university/college years.
1. Visual Learner
This type of learner relies on their eyes; they remember, understand and learn what they can see. If you mostly remember best what you see, you're a visual learner. The best studying methods for you as a visual learner are as follows:
- Skimming, scanning, and reading your studying material from one source. Distracting yourself between a lot of materials will only make it harder for your eyes to get used to one layout.
- Try to draw theoretical subjects and transform them into stories, PowerPoint presentations or write them down yourself. If you can find videos creatively showing the material, it'll definitely work for you.
- Focus on monitoring yourself while working so your eyes are accustomed to the task at hand. For example, if you're in a chemical lab, concentrate on the colours of the solutions and the shapes of the tubes you're using. You're more likely to remember better this way.
- It's better to know that if your primary learning type is visual, your other two sub-types are likely Kinesthetic and Scribble, and both will be explained below in details.
- You're the best when it comes to time management because you can see the big picture in your head. To learn more, though, read our Time Management Tips & Tricks blog.
2. Kinesthetic Learner
These learners are practical, energetic, and they don't dip their toes, they dive in. They not only learn by doing but actually trying to do something and not achieving it makes them master it. When you're studying, if the information is mostly associated with images and techniques, you're a kinesthetic learner. Your best studying methods as a kinesthetic learner who learns by doing are as follows:
- Try as much as possible to practice what you are learning. For example, if you're a history student, other than reading history books or watching documentaries, get down to a museum to be involved more in the lives of the people you're learning about
- Your primary could be visual, so if the do part is inapplicable, try watching some videos too.
- The best university majors for this type of learners are mechanical, medical, nursing, applied arts, etc.
3. Auditory Learner
These learners have a vast imagination, as their brains can easily translate whatever they hear into creative images, and sometimes storylines, and start to understand it their own way. Your best studying methods if you're an auditory learner who learns by hearing are as follows:
- Record your lectures and listen to them later at home. Skip jotting quickly and trying to follow up with your professors' fast pace of lecturing by taking down notes.
- Record yourself while explaining difficult material to yourself instead of writing them down in notebooks. Listen to them over and over before your exams.
- Try to find as many videos as possible to listen to the subject from a wide range of sources.
- Most likely, your minor learning type is Teaching, so group studying and explaining the material at hand to your university colleagues will actually make you learn and remember them better. Here's our 5 Group Brainstorming Techniques You Should Know blog to learn various group studying techniques.
- Your other minor could be visual too! So scroll up and make sure you use a variety of methods to learn better and better.
4. Stress Learner
Are you a last-minute learner although you're stressed out because of the exams from the very beginning of your semester? Yeah! We've all been there. Some students learn what stresses them. Mostly, this will be a minor of a main, so pay close attention to the other types. If you're overly stressed, your best studying methods as a stress learner are more psychological and are as follows:
- Keep yourself motivated by always having a future goal to look up to.
- A healthy lifestyle is strongly recommended. Work out or take walks in your study breaks. It helps you release any negative energy and let go of negative thoughts. Make sure your sleeping habits are healthy and fixed.
- Whenever you feel stressed, try to learn more about the subject you're worried about. You can talk to professors and seek guidance on how to study.
- Group studying could make you feel a bit better, but know when you need to be studying alone.
- If distraction is a stressor, read our 4 Study Hacks to Avoid Distractions blog article to get rid of it.
5. Ease Learner
These are the exact opposite of stress learners; they learn what relaxes them. They're more likely to take some time to decide on their university major, as they would want to be 100% sure that this one won't stress them out so they can study. Here're the best studying methods for you as an ease learner:
- Break down your studying material into small chunks instead of having a bulky one.
- Draw yourself a mindmap so you can know the corners and edges of your whole studying plan and schedule.
- You're more likely a scribble and trust learner, so make sure to write your studying material yourself and seek guidance from the colleagues you trust.
- Go to the library and familiarize yourself with credible sources; this will make you believe in what you're studying more.
6. Scribble Learner
When in doubt, write it out. This learner's most peaceful and cherished time is when left alone to write what they understand from their lectures in their notebooks. They're more likely to be great visual learners as well because scribbling is not limited to writing, but also includes doodling and drawing. These are the best studying methods for scribble learners you should be aware of:
- Write, write, and write! Writing down what you have comprehended in your morning lecture will be studying. That's it.
- Doodle too! Make stories out of anything you're trying to study and draw them in a timeline.
- Since you're a visual learner too, try reading a lot about the subject at hand, but stick to one source.
- Your colleagues will like your studying materials and might ask you to copy them, so it's better to make a studying group and teach them. Maybe it turns out you're a teach learner too.
- If you're a night owl, read our Night Owls Studying Tips and Tricks blog to get more insight into your most effective studying techniques.
7. Trust Learner
These learners' strength lies in their high research skills. They tend to research any piece of information they come across and want to find as many credible sources as possible for the subjects they're trying to study. If you're like that, get a library membership, your notebooks, and geek eyeglasses, because you've got a lot to do. The best studying methods for you as a trust learner are as follows:
- Befriend your professors and write down all the sources and references they think you should be reading.
- Watch a variety of videos from reliable sources about the subject you're trying to study.
- Keep in mind that this is a minor, so you're more likely to be mainly a kinesthetic learner.
8. Teach Learner
Did you gather all your teddy bears when you were a kid to teach them math? If yes, your minor is a teach learner. As discussed earlier, these learners learn best by teaching others or by pretending to teach others. Now that we're adults, we cannot teach teddy bears, but the best studying method for you as a teach learner is to roam around your room and read the material out loud like you're prepping yourself. Your primary learning type is probably auditory, so reread it carefully.
9. Copy Learner
These learners are more likely to be actors or make outstanding voiceovers. If copying is your learning type, group studying is the most effective studying method for you. Try to have a friend with you to show you how they're studying, and you copy them, you'll conceive of it. Visuals could be compelling for you as well because when you watch something closely, you imitate it better, so go figure.