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Adapting Learning Styles During COVID-19

Adapting Learning Styles During COVID-19


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The COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges for college students.

During this unusual time for higher education, students can help themselves succeed by understanding how they learn best — and how to adapt that learning style for the CO...

Educators and psychologists have identified four main types of learners:

1. Visual

The visual learning style responds best by seeing new information. Charts, videos, images, diagrams, and other forms of visual material help these learners absorb class material.

2. Auditory

Auditory learners succeed when they can hear the course material. They do well with lectures and often learn best when they read material out loud to themselves.

3. Kinesthetic

Also known as physical learners, kinesthetic learners need to try things out with their hands and move while they learn. They thrive in experiential and hands-on learning environments.

4. Reading/Writing

As the name implies, reading and writing learners absorb information best when they can read and write it. They learn most easily from books and can benefit from taking notes during lectures.

Understanding which learning style you have makes it easier to succeed in college. For example, auditory learners can modify their studying tactics to include reading out loud or listening to audio books, while kinesthetic learners can take a fidget toy to lectures.

In actuality, there are many more than 4 types of learners. For instance, some students learn best when they're using logic to classify and categorize information. Others need a social setting to reinforce their learning. Still others learn best when they have to teach th...

It's also worth remembering that most people have a mix of learning styles. It's rare to be a perfect match for only one style.

When learning from home, visual learners need to minimize distractions. Instead of studying next to a window and getting distracted by the outside, create a dedicated workspace and make class the most engaging thing in your eyeline. Visual learners can also make their own...

Auditory learners can thrive in distance learning environments because online classes tend to place a greater emphasis on sound and listening. Auditory learners may benefit from using headphones when attending class to block out other sounds. If their professors don't min...

Hybrid and virtual learning environments are particularly helpful for kinesthetic learners. Professors generally frown upon walking around during a lecture, but in a virtual environment, kinesthetic learners can turn on recorded material and move while they listen to or s...

Many college classes already gear their material toward reading/writing learners. In an online format, reading/writing learners can increase their productivity by taking notes during online lectures and discussions. Some online platforms create automatic transcripts for l...

What works for one learner won't work for everyone, and successful students often use a combination of strategies. So go ahead and try a few different approaches to see what works best for you.

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