Resources › For Students and Parents Adapt Your Studying Techniques to Your Learning Style Know and Use Your Personal Learning Style Share Flipboard Email Print Study Tips for Better Grades Introduction What Kind of Learner Are You? Quiz: What's Your Learning Style? Study Strategies for Every Learning Style Tips for Kinesthetic Learners Tips for Visual Learners Tips for Auditory Learners Why Math Is Hard for Some Learners Creating Your Study Space How to Create an Ideal Study Space How to Make a Small Space Productive for Studying Best Pandora Stations for Studying Best Spotify Stations for Studying Essential Study Skills How to Find the Main Idea of a Passage How to Use Sticky Notes to Remember What You Read Why Taking Notes in Class Is So Important How to Outline a Chapter How to Make Vocabulary Flashcards Breaking Bad Study Habits 5 Bad Study Habits and How to Fix Them How to Avoid Distraction and Stay Focused Quick Fixes to Improve Your Grades When to Study How Long Should I Be Studying? How to Study for an Exam in Two Days How to Study the Night Before a Test How to Cram for a Test How to Prepare for Different Kinds of Tests How to Study for Objective Test Questions How to Study for Fill in the Blank Tests How to Study for Multiple Choice Exams How to Study for Open Book Exams Hero Images / Getty Images By Grace Fleming Education Expert M.Ed., Education Administration, University of Georgia B.A., History, Armstrong State University Grace Fleming, M.Ed., is a senior academic advisor at Georgia Southern University, where she helps students improve their academic performance and develop good study skills. our editorial process Grace Fleming Updated July 03, 2019 All students learn through a combination of seeing, hearing, and experiencing. However, for most students, one learning style stands out. Research has shown that students who study in a way that supports their learning style can perform better on tests and improve their grades. For example, visual learners sometimes struggle during essay exams because they can't recall test material that was presented orally during class. However, if the visual learner uses a visual aid when studying, like a colorful outline of test materials, he or she may retain more information. Read on to discover the characteristics of and ideal learning strategies for each learning style. Visual Learner Characteristics Visual learners are those who learn through seeing. Visual learners typically share the following characteristics: Good at spelling, but forgets first names Find quiet study time beneficial Enjoy colors and fashion Dream in color Understand visual elements and charts Able to learn sign language easily Learning Suggestions for Visual Learners Draw a map of events in history or draw scientific process. Make outlines of reading assignments. Copy what's on the board. Diagram sentences. Use flashcards. Take notes and make lists. Watch videos. Mark up your notes with highlighters, underlines, and color coding. Test Types for Visual Learners Best test type: Diagram activities, map reading, essay tests, demonstrating a process. Worst test type: Listening tests Auditory Learner Characteristics Auditory learners are those who learn best through hearing. They typically share the following characteristics: Like to read out loud Unafraid to speak up in class Good at giving explanations and oral reports Remember names Notice sound effects in movies Enjoy music Able to follow spoken directions Struggle to stay quiet for long periods of time Focused in study groups Learning Suggestions for Auditory Learners Use word association to remember facts Record lectures Watch videos Repeat facts with eyes closed Participate in group discussions Use audio for language practice Read your notes out loud after writing them Test Types for Auditory Learners Best test type: Oral exams and writing responses to lectures. Worst test type: Reading passages and writing answers in a timed test. Kinesthetic Learner Characteristics Kinesthetic learners are those who learn through hands-on experience. Kinesthetic learners typically share the following characteristics: Good at sports Can't sit still for long May have sloppy handwriting. Learn well through lab and modeling activities Study with loud music Enjoy adventure books and movies Fidgety during lectures Learning Suggestions for Kinesthetic Learners Study in short blocks Take lab-based classes Act out your study notes Take field trips to reinforce knowledge Study in groups Use flashcards and memory games Test Types for Auditory Learners Best test type: Short definitions, fill-in-the-blank questions, and multiple choice. Worst test type: Essay tests and any overly long tests. Cite this Article Format mla apa chicago Your Citation Fleming, Grace. "Adapt Your Studying Techniques to Your Learning Style." ThoughtCo, Aug. 27, 2020, thoughtco.com/knowing-your-learning-style-1857098. Fleming, Grace. (2020, August 27). Adapt Your Studying Techniques to Your Learning Style. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/knowing-your-learning-style-1857098 Fleming, Grace. "Adapt Your Studying Techniques to Your Learning Style." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/knowing-your-learning-style-1857098 (accessed August 2, 2021). copy citation Watch Now: Why Can't I Remember What I Study?