Study strategies are VITAL to every student’s academic success. It doesn’t matter how bright the student is, if they don’t have good study habits they will at some point struggle. 

Successful study habits aren’t the same for everyone either. Being that everyone learns differently, they need to find what study strategies work best for them. For the month of February, I will share some study strategies for each type of learner. My goal is that one or two of them will be applicable to your child and will ease their (and your) studying/learning stresses. 

Does your child prefer listening to a lecture rather than reading a textbook? Do they thrive in classroom discussion? Would they prefer that someone tell them the instructions of a project rather than read the instructions themselves? If so, your child may be an auditory learner. Auditory learners learn best by speaking and listening. 

You will find that your auditory learner retains the most information through things like audio recordings, rhymes, and/or jingles. Another way to help your child learn is to have them record lectures and listen to them while studying. Or they could record their voice when studying definitions and key terms and listen back to it when going for a walk, in the car, etc. 

It’s also beneficial for them to sit in the front of the classroom away from the windows or anything else that may cause distraction. Auditory learners are often great at participating but also very social so it’s best if they can focus on the lecture and not have too many opportunities to chat with peers. When studying at home, they should find a study space that is clear of distractions and background noise. Although, it’s been said that auditory learners do benefit from listening to classical music as they study. 

These are just a few suggestions that will help your child if they are an auditory learner. Next week, I will talk about study strategies for kinesthetic learners.

If you find it overwhelming to implement these strategies, contact Cambridge Prep Tutoring and a well-qualified tutor can help your child find what strategies work best for them and get them set up for success!