Understanding Your Learning Type can Help You Find Effective Study Methods

December 13, 2017



By Alyssa DePoy & Molly Arseneau

Finals are coming up fast. These are not just regular tests, they cover are all the information you learned over the semester. Finals week can be one of the most stressful moments of the school, but there are ways to effectively study to ensure that you actually do well on your course exams. Below are some tips.

Studying in intervals, Studying in 20-50 minute increments and giving yourself 5-10 minutes in between is super beneficial.

Science says that just 20 minutes of cardio can improve your memory. Whether you’re dancing, jogging or walking, exercise will increase your energy level and reduce the effects of stress.

Cramming for finals causes anxiety, which lowers your ability to retain information. By creating a balanced study plan and schedule, you will be able to study each subject in its entirety and overall boost your test performance.

While studying, a student should consider their learning type. Below are a few effective methods for the different types of learners (see full PDF on learning styles).


  • Record you repeating your notes and listen to it while studying
  • Discuss with classmates and quiz each other on the material
  • Say out loud what you’re writing as you write it out


  • Use flash cards
  • Play games such as Jeopardy or Kahoot
  • Study through practical experiences such as making models, lab work, etc.


  • Rewrite information in your own words
  • Rewrite a question along with the answer multiple times until you feel it has stuck
  • Highlight and underline notes

Scholars at ASK told The Catalyst what helps them study.

“Methods I use for studying are normally web sites like Quizlet,” -Natalia Duran, 11th grade

“Something I like to do for studying is of course reviewing my notes, but I also think it’s helpful to look back at work I’ve done poorly on and getting help to correct it if I know it’s going to be on a test,” -Dominique Candelaria, 7th grade

“I like to use notecards and sometimes it’s helpful to look at someone else’s notes along with yours,” -Charlie Erickson, 11th grade

“The method I like to use that I find effective is writing down the question along with the answer over and over until I feel like the information has stuck,” -Rodney Reichert, 10th grade

“A good way to study is to participate in games in class like Kahoot or Jeopardy,” -Teya Schulte, 8th grade

“When I was in school, I went with the traditional ‘let me reread my notes 50 times and hope it sticks’ method, but as I’ve become an adult and done a lot of research, I’ve come to find that is the worst way to study. You have to somehow bring the information to life. You can use methods like creating games so not only can you use the information once, you can play it with others and teach others. That is going to help you retain it,” -Janisse Vazquez, middle school project manager

Below is a list shared by Vazquez of effective study methods:

Reading your notes over and over is not studying. You are trying to memorize and you may not always remember the information in the long term. You must bring the information to life in order to learn it. Here are some ways to study for all subjects:

  • Teach others – your parents, siblings, pets, stuffed animals – it doesn’t matter who you teach but it will help.
  • Use note cards to help you study – write the key term/math facts/ideas/vocabulary on one side of the cards and the definition on the other side. (Rewriting the information helps you remember the information!) Quiz yourself using the cards. When you get the definitions correct, place those cards in one pile and the ones you get wrong on a separate pile. Go back and review the ones you got wrong and start again.
  • Note Card memory game – write key terms/ideas/math facts/vocabulary words on one side of the cards and leave the other side blank. Write the definitions or answers on a separate card. Place all the cards face down and play memory! Don’t remember the rules of memory? Google them.
  • Create online games to review – sign up for quizlet.com or create.kahoot.it or flippity.net (ask for parent permission!) and create games. Play with your family members or friends. Creating the games and then playing are great ways to engage with the information.
  • Create diagrams or word maps to explain the materials (double bubbles or concept maps, etc.)
  • Pretend you are the teacher and create the quiz or test on the material – after you make it, take a break for an hour or come back to it the next day. When you return, take the test or quiz without your notes. Grade your work. How did you do? The question you got wrong are the ones you need to review.
  • Facetime or Skype your friends and study together (but do not waste time)
  • Make up mnemonics, funny songs or riddles to remember things – Never Eat Soggy Waffles is an example to help remember North, East, South and West.
  • Draw out concepts to help you visualize what you need to learn.
  • Create your own crossword puzzle to help remember vocabulary or key ideas (this will also help you with your spelling!). You can use these website to help you: https://www.puzzle-maker.com/CW/ or https://www.edhelper.com/crossword.htm. Make sure to spell the words correctly when making the puzzle.

Do not wait until the last minute to study. Cramming does not help you retain information.


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