This is the first blog of the series: How to Study. This is a five-part series to go in-depth about the best study practices for your success. This mainly focuses on nursing students; however, all students are welcomed! This blog would begin with “How to Study: Your Learning Style.” The 4-part series topics would be:
How to Study: Your Learning Style
There was a girl in my class who I used to admire so much because of her academic performance. Her GPA was amazing and she pretty much got an A in most subjects. I was so eager to find out how she studied. One day I decided to ask and her reply was very disappointing. She said, “I just read.” As though I don’t read!
I guess I was waiting to hear about a secret potion or tricks she used to remember all those terminologies in nursing school. But I guess I was wrong! Perhaps, she just didn’t want me to get an “A” as well.
However, after years of doing my masters in nursing degree, this situation changed my perspective about studying. Probably, her learning style was only reading and implementing that strategy as a learning style would not have worked for me.
Today, I want to emphasize the importance of knowing your learning style. Everyone has a different learning style or preference that works for them. Some may have a dominant learning style, whilst others have a different learning style for various situations and circumstances. Regardless, there is no right or wrong in terms of learning styles, however, what matters is how you utilize it towards your success as a nursing student.
It is important to note that it is unlikely for one to have only one learning style. Perhaps, one learning style might be dominant out of the others.
The VARK and Memletics model
Neil D. Fleming, born in 1939 developed a model called the VARK model. Sean Whiteley created the Memletic Model. These models give a summary of different learners.
- Visual: Learns through seeing
- Auditory: Learns through hearing
- Reading/Writing: Learns through reading or writing
- Kinetics: Learns through moving, doing, demonstrating
- Verbal Learners: Learns through speaking
- Logical Learners: Learns through reasoning and logic
- Interpersonal learners: Learns in group discussions
- Intrapersonal: Learns alone
Three Ways to Use Your Learning Style to Maximize Your Learning Experience.
Know Your Learning Style: Experiment
In determining what works best for you, experiment. Probably, your learning style for pharmacology which is mostly memorization of drugs would be different from pathophysiology. Hence, experimenting would help you know your dominant and other learning strategies that helps you study.
Click the PDF and Download the Learning Style Inventory. Take the test and know your learning style.
Find Study Tips for Your Specific Learning Style
There are different study tips for different study styles. Research on the best study tips for your study preferences and use it creatively to fit your needs.
Do Not Box Your Learning Experience
Let’s just say you are a visual learner. Do not box yourself solely on visual learning. You probably should read your notes first, then use YouTube videos as a re-enforcement of what you have just read. Knowing your learning style is a guide, hence, it is important that you do not define your entire learning experience with it.
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