By Elizabeth Sumner
WGU Student Success Specialist
The processing of information and how well it is accomplished requires you to be very intentional with the way you channel information into your brain. One does not always think in terms of why and how our brain works, but it is vital for your success as a student to be aware of how you study in order to understand and retain as much information as possible.
The first thing you need to think of and reflect on is, “How have I studied in the past?” or “How am I currently studying?” Do you take a lot of notes, talk aloud to yourself, or just quietly read and remember?
After this reflection, take the Learning Style Survey and gain a truer understanding of the strategies you will need to implement to be successful as a student. This will allow you to incorporate good or better practices to maximize your retention and recall abilities.
Once you have completed the survey, you are encouraged to visit the Student Success Center to schedule an appointment with a WGU Student Success Specialist to discuss your natural learning skills and to build on other areas to maximize your processing and retention abilities. In the Student Success Center, you can also access more resources to help you learn more about your learning style.
Here are three things you can incorporate to find success at WGU, depending on your learning style:
- Process the information aloud. This involves asking questions and answering them using your voice. The more you discuss the information aloud the better.
- Attend recorded and/or live webinars.
- Use verbal analogies and storytelling to demonstrate and talk through your point.
- Include drawings and pictures in your notes to illustrate ideas and use COLOR!
- Read the text and then convert the information into pictures, notes, diagrams, or mind maps. Learn more about making mind maps and using mind maps on YouTube (videos are a great learning tool for visual learners, too!).
- Study in a quiet place away from distractions.
- Take breaks and move around during your breaks.
- Act things out, use gestures, or move around while studying, all of which helps to engage the kinesthetic learner.
- Use models, charts, or diagrams to show relationships.
Engagement is key, so find ways to utilize your natural processing abilities. Couple your learning style with a structured review, and you will be a much more effective and engaged learner.