Discover Strengths

Master how you learn and study. 

If we understand how we learn and study, we can identify our strengths and challenges. In turn, we can make appropriate adjustments to our learning and studying techniques. 

 

Online Quizzes

Take the quizzes at www.lsu.edu/learn to find out what type of learner you are. You will be asked to login with your LSU id or enter as a guest. 

 

My Strengths

Each person’s brain is unique and has a preferred way of processing information. The key to becoming a more effective learner is to discover how your brain prefers to process information so that it can learn in the most efficient way. Sometimes professors may not present information in ways that are congruent with your brain’s preferred way to learn and you may need to adapt the information presented in ways that make sense to you. 

Visual Learner

(prefers pictures, charts, diagrams, graphs, etc.)

  • In class: underline important points; highlight with different colors; use symbols, charts, graphs
  • While studying: underline notes and text; highlight notes and text; summarize with images and concept maps
  • During exams: recall pictures; draw concept map of essay; dump formulas/diagrams

Aural Learner

(prefers hearing information)

  • In class: attend lectures; discussion and tutorials; tape lecture for later
  • While studying: discuss material in study group; summarize notes, then read aloud; read onto recorder, then listen
  • During exams: listen to your inner voice to recall information; talk out the question under your breath
 

 

Reading/Writing Learner

(prefers reading or writing about information)

  • In class: create lists and headings; take complete lecture notes
  • While studying: ID key words; reread notes and summarize; reread and summarize old tests; answer review questions
  • During exams: use key words to trigger complete answers; at the beginning of the exam, write out important lists; for essay's write thesis then outline; use information matrix to help organize

Kinesthetic Learner

(prefers moving, touching or hands-on activities to learn information)

  • In class: use all senses in class; participate in labs and field trips;
  • While studying: create personal examples; use pictures to illustrate notes; stand, move, walk; study in an exam-like environment
  • During exams: remember examples; stretch or move to jog memory
 

Other Resources

View these online workshops for other tips and strategies on learning to learn.

 

My Plan for Success

  1. Set a goal.

  2. What are you going to do to achieve the goal?

  3. Reflect on why you were successful or why you were not successful in achieving the goal?