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How you should study for the next exams

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With visual learning as the most popular answer, it comes at no surprise that visual learners make up 65 percent of the population according to StudyingStyle. Photo courtesy of Steven S.

Exams have come and gone, and depending on your final grade you are either thrilled with your exam grade, or you regret not studying enough or not studying at all.

Each student has an individual mix of learning styles and also individual studying styles.

“The best way I study is flash cards or just writing the info down on a price of paper over and over again till it gets in my head,” freshman Lauren Adams said.

Senior Athena Osburn agrees.

“The best way I study is to write things out over and over again by hand,” Osburn said, “then I’m physically forcing myself to memorize and retain what I learn.”


Adams and Osburn both study through visual kinesthetic learning style, which is a combination of visual learning and hands on learning.

“I do best by going through the material repeatedly,” senior Nate Krawczyk said.

This is also the way sophomore Ashley Randall studies, reviews notes over and over in her head.

“I normally do the study guide if I am given one,” Randall said.

This process of studying is considered a form of visual learning.

Adams, Krawczyk and Randall all agree that Quizlet is the best way they study online. Quizlet is a mobile and web-based study application that allows students to study information via learning tools and mini games.

Osburn’s favorite online studying tool is actually YouTube, which also an example of a visual learning style. She said she uses video series like Thugnotes and CrashCourse.

With visual learning as the most popular answer, it comes at no surprise that visual learners make up 65 percent of the population according to StudyingStyle.

Commonly, visual learners relate best to written information, notes, diagrams, maps, graphs, flashcards, highlighters, charts, pictures and computers, as well as learning through visually appealing materials.

The downside to being 65 percent of the population is that a lot of teachers still give lectures, which according to PHSchool.com makes visual learners very restless.

From our interviewed group of visual learners, we can hypothesize that the best and most common way to study for next trimester’s exams is through visual learning, such as flash cards, Quizlet, charts and books.

But what about the remaining 35 percent? What about the auditory, kinesthetic and reading/writing learners?

For auditory learners EducationPlanner.org recommends that you still make flash cards like a visual learner, except read them out loud when you go through them. In fact, EducationPlanner recommends that any information you get, read it out loud to help you retain it.

For reading/writing learners it’s is as

From our interviewed group of visual learners we can hypothesize that the best and most common way to study for next trimester’s exams is through visual learning, such as flash cards, Quizlet, charts, and books. Photo courtesy of UBC Learning Commons.

simple as reading and writing. Make sure to take notes and review them like Randall and Krawczyk do.

The best way Kinesthetic learners to study is the typical studying ideas but instead also have something to fiddle with in your hand. This could be silly puddy, a stress ball or a fidget spinner. So don’t worry if you’re not a visual learner.

In fact, most people are not just visual learners or just one learning style. Each person has a unique combination of two, three or all four. This can vary by subject and by studying time frame.

But if you are unsure of your learning styles or just want a general overview on how to study, ThePrincetonReview recommends that you: get informed about your test, to think like your teacher, make your own study aids, practice for the inevitable, to study everyday, cut out distractions, divide big concepts from smaller details, to not neglect the “easy” stuff, to not skip class, and to review on the day of the test.


Lainie Scott
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This is my senior year at Gull Lake High school, and my second year apart of The Reflection staff.  This year I am the feature/entertainment editor, and I am looking forward to see where my writing can take me.

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