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What is the best way to study?

Hello everyone! Recently, I was reminded during a lesson at school about different studying techniques. I was curious about what the best way to study actually is. The main issue with talking about the best way to study, is that everybody is different, and everybody has different styles with studying. Therefore, I looked into it to find out more about studying in general.

I looked into the different types of learning, and I found a total of 8 different common learning styles.

Learning Style

Explanation of what it is

The Linguistic Learner

The linguistic learner is one who learns best through linguistic skills including reading, writing, listening, or speaking.

The Naturalist

The naturalist learns by working with, and experiencing, nature.

The Musical or Rhythmical Learner

The musical or rhythmic learner is one who learns using melody or rhythm.

The Kinesthetic Learner

The Kinesthetic learner is a person that learns best by actually doing something.

The Visual Learner

A visual or spatial learner is a person who learns best if there are visual aids around to guide the learning process.

The Logical or Mathematical Learner

The logical or mathematical learner must classify or categorize things.

The Interpersonal Learner

The interpersonal learner is someone who learns by relating to others.

The Intrapersonal Learner

​The intrapersonal, as opposed to interpersonal, learner is someone who works and learns best when they are alone.

Which learning type relates to you the most?

  • The linguistic learner

  • The naturalist

  • The musical or rhythmical learner

  • The kinesthetic learner

You can vote for more than one answer.

Continuing on, what is the best way to study for each of these learning types? Since there are different learning types, it's improbable that there is a study method that works for everyone. Now of course, there are methods that are very commonly used, but they differentiate based on your preferences, not your study style.

The Linguistic Learner

Linguistic learners learn best through linguistic skills, such as writing, reading, listening or speaking. Here are a few study methods I found to be the best rated!

Method 1 - A Bit of Everything

This method contains multiple steps, and this gives you a bit of everything in the category of a linguistic learner.

  1. Take notes during your study time.

  2. Revise/read over your notes.

  3. Record yourself talking about keywords and things you need to remember.

  4. Listen over the recording.

  5. Now, take new notes based on what you learnt, do this from memory.

  6. Find what you have forgotten to add to your new notes.

  7. Record yourself talking about what you've forgotten.

  8. Review your notes for the part you've forgotten from the first notes you took.

  9. Make another set of notes, if you've forgotten anything else, go back to step 6.

Method 2 - Flashcards

This method helps you speak, write and read.

  1. Create a flashcard set for the topic you're studying.

  2. Hint: you can use sites like quizlet

  3. Review and read over your flashcards.

  4. Say out the term, then say the definition.

  5. Repeat for all cards.

Method 3 - Teaching a Friend

In this method, you can write, read, speak, listen and find solutions to help your friend's problems! It is scientifically proven that trying to explain something to somebody helps you better understand the topic and not just memorise.

  1. Create/get review notes for the subject you're studying.

  2. Read over your notes, add anything else to the notes if necessary. You could add tips on how to explain a certain part of your notes onto the page with a sticky note.

  3. Get your friend and read your notes to them aloud.

  4. Give them your notes to read over.

  5. Let your friend ask questions, really think about the question and give the best/most relevant answer possible.

  6. Now, you could add to your notes if you considered anything new from your talk with your friend.

The Naturalist

Hello my nature friends! You all learn best through nature. You also love working with nature and experiencing it. Here are some study methods that could work for you!

Method 1 - Take a break!

Taking a break and going out for a walk is very beneficial in-between study sessions. You could go out to experience nature and get some fresh air! Taking a break helps clear your mind. If you want to know when to schedule breaks, I recommend using the Pomodoro technique. It schedules study sessions and breaks. If you don't have access to a park, you could walk around your house or just go out onto the road and look around for a few minutes.

Method 2 - Keep Some Plants Nearby

By keeping some plants nearby, you are essentially helping your brain feel more comfortable. You're usually more comfortable around plants. In-between your studying, you can take breaks to admire the greenery you have right in front of you. Please use this if you don't get distracted easily! If you get distracted easily, you could spend a lot of time admiring your plants instead of studying!

Method 3 - Animals!

This study tip is for my fellow animal lovers. If you have a pet, during your breaks or in-between your study sessions, take a moment to play with your pet! This eases stress and can help you be at a 100% again when you get back to work. If you don't have a pet but you still love animals, I recommend doodling animals or doing a simple activity that relates to them. This can help you relax in your own way and feel more comfortable when you get back to studying.

The Musical or Rhythmical Learner

If you love music, then these study tips could change the way you study!

Method 1 - Lofi Beats

Lofi Beats are a great way to study while not getting too distracted. Even if they have lyrics, it's a simple music style that can help you concentrate. Try not to get too distracted by the music. You can keep the music playing in the background while you study. I also made this Spotify playlist of Lofi Beats you can use while studying:

Method 2 - Music Breaks!

Music breaks in your study sessions could impact the way you study a lot! This allows you to take breaks, while doing something you love! You could listen to your favourite songs! Try not to get too distracted and spend more time listening to music than studying.

Method 3 - Tap!

The concept of tapping may sound strange, but the main idea is to tap your feet or do something in a rhythm. For example, if you're studying flashcards, you could do it in a rhythm to a song. Make sure you're not being too focused on the rhythm and just quickly going through valuable information. If you are allowed, during the assessment/exam on the topic, you could tap a similar rhythm. Doing this is scientifically proven to help you remember what you did during your study session!

The Kinesthetic Learner

You're a hands-on learner! These study tips can help you get studying and learn something!

Method 1 - Create A Model Out of Things You Have

You love being hands on! So, you can create a model of what you're learning about. For example, if you're learning about ancient civilisations, you can create a small clay model of a structure, or you can make a drawing of a civilisation (artist's impression).

Method 2 - Hands on Activities!

Ask your teacher if they can give a hands-on activity for homework, or a hands-on activity idea for you, so you can take matters into your own hands and study on your own, while having fun!

The Visual Learner

Hello visual learners! You learn best through pictures (visuals). You learn best with visual aids during the time you're studying. Here are some tips for you!

Method 1 - Doodling

Doodling is a great technique! Though doodling can be distracting at times, so make sure you're making doodle based on the topic. You can try and relate words to these doodles, so when the time comes to take the test, you will have an image library in your mind with keywords and formulas that you can remember!

Method 2 - Image Based Flashcards

Even though we have covered flashcards before, flashcards are a great way to study! Sites like Quizlet are especially great because it provides you the option to add images, so when studying your flashcard sets, you'll always have a visual cue/reminder.

Method 3 - Diagrams

Diagrams are generally a handy tool. They can help you see and understand what is going on visually. You can add diagrams to your notes or draw separate diagrams on full sized paper. Coloured diagrams are even better, and diagrams also give you visual cues and help show you what's going on in your notes!

The Logical or Mathematical Learner

You learn best through logic.

Method 1 - A Structure

You can structure your study sessions. This can include rules, goals, procedure, to-do list, timer, scheduled breaks and more! This can help your brain and give yourself something to follow. You like to follow logic, and that could also mean that you would like to follow a logical system to help you study more efficiently.

Method 2 - Different Types of Goals

As a logical learner, it would be helpful for you to set different types of goals. These different goals essentially motivate you and give you a different type of structure to follow. The different type of goals falls generically into short-term goals and long-term goals.

The Interpersonal Learner

As an interpersonal learner, you work best in groups and relating to other people.

Method 1 - Study Groups

Study groups are a great way to practice your groupwork skills and get something done! As an interpersonal learner, you can learn more by communicating with others. In study groups, you can share your thoughts on certain topics, and understand other's thoughts as well. You can relate to their thoughts and can work together, like a groupwork task.

Method 2 - Discussion Time

Another great way for an interpersonal leaner to learn, is to have an individual study session or note taking time, and then discuss their notes, thoughts and more with other people who are studying the same topic. Different online communities can work for this, or you can contact a friend studying in the same school or peers.

The Intrapersonal Learner

Intrapersonal learners enjoy to study on their own.

Method 1 - Set A Study Time

You can set yourself a study time, or a do not disturb time where you can mute your phone and ask your family to not disturb you. Then, you can study on your own in peace. Of course, you may have multiple study styles, which is why I recommend reading the definitions in the table before the poll in this post, to see if you relate to any other types of learners.

Method 2 - Go to a Library

Libraries are generally quite places. There, you will not be disturbed that often, and you have a lot of books you can refer to for your studying. Libraries are not often packed with people, so you can have your own space. Another useful thing about libraries is that you can borrow books. You can borrow books that you find useful, and you can use it until the due date.

Bonus Tips for Everyone - Based off of personal experience.

Like in Method 2 for the Intrapersonal Learner, it's helpful for everyone to go to a library! You can borrow books and have a peaceful study space. You can have whisper discussions with your friends, and you can study in the way you would like to.

Something else that can really help you out is different study timer apps. These apps follow different techniques. For example, the app 'flow' follows the pomodoro techniques of work time, breaks and is customisable to some extent. While for others, you can set/choose the amount of time you study for. Another great app is Flipd which gives you a study community. A community means you can turn on a study timer and know that other people are following the same timer as you are.

Use different sites like Quizlet, Khan Academy, Education Perfect and more to use as helpful resources while you're studying, so you can study not only from your school textbooks.

You can use multiple guidebooks, workbooks and textbooks that you can purchase and is easily available at most local bookstores.

This Post Was Based Off of Research

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