Learn Your Learning Style
If your mentee is having trouble retaining information they may be trying to learn in a style that is not their own. Each of us best learns in one of the styles in the graph above, or a mix of two. Helping your mentee figure out which one works best for them will set them up for success to finish off this semester strong.
Visual learners benefit by utilizing graphs and pictures. Visual learners should pay extra attention to diagrams, timelines, and other visual aids the teacher may draw during class. Visual learners should also take note of Figure and Example sections in textbooks where you can usually find graphs and/or pictures illustrating the subject at hand.
Aural learners use sound to retain information. If your mentee is an aural learner, they should be encouraged to listen closely to their teacher’s lessons, participate, and ask questions when they do not understand. Hearing the teacher explain it again out loud will help an aural learner. They may even want to ask their teacher for permission to record lessons on a voice recorder for future use.
Read/Write learners prefer learning through writing down notes. In class they should take detailed notes of the lessons. Read/Write learners should read over their notes every evening and rewrite them in their own words. This type of learner may also want to consider creating acronyms as memory aids.
Kinesthetic learners are the “do it yourself” type. They need to be physically involved to absorb material best. When the teacher asks for someone to come up to the board and attempt math problems or spelling words, kinesthetic learners should be the first ones with their hands raised. When studying with your mentee, be sure to talk them through material while allowing them to solve things for themselves.
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