Learning Styles Research Paper

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This paper is designed to provide sound information exploring the art of learning new material, as well as techniques to help anyone out on their academic journey. We will discuss different learning styles and how they may affect your performance. We will also cover how teachers present information and their unique teaching styles. Lastly, we will go over a list of useful techniques on how to not only capture information but how to retain, understand, and ultimately apply what we’ve learned.
What are learning styles? What motivates us to learn? According to ‘The Adult Learner’ (Knowles, Holton, & Swanson, 2012) andragogy characterizes the principles of adult learning into six categories:
1. “Need to know: Adults need to know the reason
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Each of these learning styles have their own set of strengths and weaknesses. According to (Stutz, n.d.), knowing how you learn will enable you to apply your learning style preferences to maximize your results. (Tips for Auditory Learners, n.d.) advises that auditory learners perform best using these helpful strategies: study in small groups, try to bring a tape recorder to class, read notes aloud, and try to sit towards the front of the class room in order to hear well. Maybe you see yourself as more of a visual learner, http://blc.new.uc.iupui.edu/ suggest trying to draw pictures to correlate with you notes, make flash cards, develop a mind map versus a traditional outline, and avoid distractions such as sitting next to the door or a window. Perhaps you are a kinesthetic learner. (Gage, 1995) believes that you are the active learner. You engage and learn best when you can “act out” the lesson objectives. Kinesthetic learners retain information when they can role play the …show more content…
However, it may be helpful to take an online learning style survey and decide for yourself if you agree with the findings. You will probably agree with some aspects more than others. Use this information and apply some of the strategies and techniques mentioned above to your learning and study habits and gauge their effectiveness. Regardless of learning style controversies, we can all agree that understanding your personal strengths and weaknesses will pave the way for your scholarly career. Understand how you prefer to learn, and use this to your advantage. Lastly, stay mindful of your weaknesses and strive to eliminate

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