top of page

Using your Learning Style to Maximize your Studying: Learning Style Quiz

Updated: Jul 5, 2023

Understanding your learning style and utilizing strategies that align with it can have a significant impact on your academic success. As an educator, I've witnessed remarkable improvements in exam scores and knowledge retention when students begin employing learning strategies tailored to their style.

 
 

When students come to me for individualized remediation after an exam, I always ask, "What are you doing to study?" and "What is your learning style?" Surprisingly, many students are unsure about their learning style or are using strategies that do not align with their preferences. For example, an auditory learner was spending hours reading and highlighting their textbook repeatedly, while a kinesthetic learner was relying on note-taking while listening to recordings. I strongly believe that their choice of study method contributed to their poor exam scores.


To thrive academically, it's essential to discover your learning style and leverage strategies that support it. By doing so, you can enhance your understanding, retention, and even your motivation. Don't be disheartened if your current study methods aren't yielding the expected outcomes. Instead, consider exploring and incorporating learning strategies that align with your unique learning style.


Remember, the first exam serves as a pivotal moment to assess the effectiveness of your study methods. It's an opportunity to reflect on what's working and what needs to be adjusted. Embracing your learning style and implementing suitable strategies can pave the way for improved academic performance and a more fulfilling learning experience.


If you don’t know your learning style yet, there are many quizzes you can take online that help you determine what your learning style is. Just search “learning style quiz” in your search engine or you can take this short one:

1. When studying or trying to understand new information, which method do you find most effective?

a) Looking at diagrams, charts, or visual aids.

b) Listening to lectures, podcasts, or audio recordings.

c) Engaging in hands-on activities or experiments.


2. When you meet someone new, what do you find yourself doing most often to remember their name?

a) Associating their name with their appearance or facial features.

b) Repeating their name out loud to yourself.

c) Shaking their hand or giving them a high-five.


3. Imagine you need to learn how to assemble a piece of furniture. What approach would you prefer?

a) Following a detailed instruction manual with diagrams.

b) Watching a video tutorial that demonstrates the steps.

c) Jumping right into assembling and figuring it out as you go along.


4. How do you usually prefer to solve problems or challenges?

a) Visualizing the problem and thinking through possible solutions in your mind.

b) Talking through the problem with someone or discussing it out loud.

c) Taking a hands-on approach and trying different strategies or techniques.


5. When reading a book, what helps you retain information better?

a) Highlighting or underlining key points and using bookmarks.

b) Reading the text out loud or listening to an audiobook version.

c) Acting out or physically demonstrating scenes or concepts in the book.


6. In a group discussion or meeting, what tends to catch your attention the most?

a) Visual aids like slides, graphs, or charts.

b) The speaker's tone of voice and the way they deliver their message.

c) Engaging in group activities, role plays, or interactive exercises.


Now, tally up your answers:


- Mostly a's: Your learning style leans towards visual. You learn best through visual aids, diagrams, and seeing information presented in a visual format.

- Mostly b's: Your learning style leans towards auditory. You learn best through listening, discussing ideas out loud, and engaging with information through sound.

- Mostly c's: Your learning style leans towards kinesthetic. You learn best through hands-on experiences, physical activities, and actively engaging with the material.


Remember, learning styles can vary, and most people have a combination of preferences. This quiz provides a general idea of your learning style but may not capture all nuances.

Now that you know your learning style, let's talk about the specific strategies you should use. But first, here is what I suggest to all of my students:


LEARN

Go to class, do the assigned readings/activities, take notes.

STUDY

Use strategies for your learning style to actively study to understand and remember.

QUIZ

Take practice questions to see what you know and don’t know. Apply what you learned.

STUDY

Go back to your notes to study the things you don’t know.



Auditory Strategies

On an exam, auditory learners remember what they heard or what they said.

  • Read your notes outloud, record yourself, and listen to the recordings. Listen to the recording in the car, on a run, or while doing chores around the house.

  • Watch videos with audio.

  • Pretend you are the Professor and teach a pretend classroom

  • Engage in discussions or study groups where you can talk through concepts and ideas.

  • Discuss concepts with other auditory learners.

  • Utilize mnemonic devices or rhymes to remember important details.

Visual strategies

On an exam, visual learners can close their eyes and see an image or organized information.

  • Organize your notes into charts, tables, and diagrams. Use a large poster or dry erase board. They are easier to recall than pages of notes or paragraphs in a textbook.

  • Use different colors (colored font, colored highlighter, colored table columns) and icons/images to help you visualize and remember.

  • Use symbols for important words

  • Watch instructional videos or tutorials that demonstrate the subject matter.

  • Create colorful concept maps

Kinesthetic strategies

On an exam, kinesthetic learners remember what they did hands-on.

  • Think about real life examples

  • Role-play a nurse-patient scenario

  • Practice clinical skills

  • Engage in hands-on activities, experiments, or simulations related to the subject matter.

  • Do virtual simulations

  • Take frequent breaks during study sessions to incorporate movement or physical activity.. Walking and fidgeting help kinesthetic learners!

  • Use manipulatives or objects to represent and understand abstract concepts.

  • Write notes and repeat

 

How does a group with different types of learners work together?

Auditory- Teach the group outloud, lead discussion

Visual- Organize information into charts/tables on the whiteboard

Kinesthetic- Share and role-play case studies with the group

 

By aligning your studying methods with your learning style, you can enhance understanding, retention, and motivation. One-size-fits-all approaches may not be effective for everyone, so taking the time to identify your learning style and applying targeted strategies can make a significant difference in your academic performance.


So, as you embark on your nursing school journey, remember the mantra: Learn, Study, Quiz, Study. Be proactive, explore different study techniques, and adapt your approach as needed. With the right strategies in place, you'll be well-equipped to excel in your nursing studies and confidently progress toward your career goals.


Good Luck!

Professor C.




Comments


bottom of page