Every individual has an innate preference for a few specific learning styles. How do you learn best? Could it be through visuals, listening to sound and music, using your body and sense of touch, using words in speech and writing, working alone, or studying in groups?
If you are a visual learner, watching videos and powerpoint presentations that teach a concept, creating notes that contain mind maps, tables, charts, and drawings with colourful highlighters, pens, and sticky notes may help. For the Language section of the SSAT, vocabulary study can be accompanied by sketches that illustrate the definitions.
If you prefer to use sounds, rhyming, and music to learn, browse Youtube to learn many math and language concepts explained through song lyrics and a catchy tune. Even better, make your own jingle using rhythm, rhyme, music and lyrics. At the beginning of your study session, play unobtrusive music that motivates you to study. As a way to review your notes, record your notes by speaking into an audio recorder, and then replay them while studying.
Kinesthetic learners enjoy any activity that involves being physical – using your body, hands and sense of touch. While studying for the SSAT, you can use physical objects to model algebraic expressions and solving word problems. Make notes of your notes by writing and drawing diagrams. You can also post questions on the walls or at “stations” around your study space and incorporate physical movement in any way you’d like, whether it’s dancing, skipping, or crab-walking from one question to another. You can reward yourself with the running man when you correctly answer a question or do 10 jumping jacks for every wrong answer!
When you learn best by using words in writing and speaking, write or record your notes for later review. Read content out loud and dramatically, experimenting with different tones. The reading comprehension section of the SSAT contains many dense passages, and you can practice making useful annotations, such as summarizing and making inferences, to help aid in understanding.
As an intrapersonal learner, you value goals that correspond with your personal beliefs and values, and you enjoy self-study. What larger goals does succeeding on the SSAT help you achieve? Find a personal connection to topics so that what you’re studying has a sense of meaning. As much as possible, relate content to your personal experiences.
Interpersonal learners love to learn with other people. Find a study partner or group so you can share ideas and quiz each other on content. After learning several units in the Math Section of the SSAT, you could work with your study group on making a board game to test your knowledge of concepts.
Logical learners use logic, reasoning, and systems to understand content. When studying, summarize your notes by writing down key points. Categorize ideas by using graphic organizers such as T-charts and Venn diagrams. and create lists of examples. Use logic to more deeply understand concepts from the Math section of the SSAT. Don’t just write down definitions. Include characteristics, examples and non-examples as well. While navigating passages from the Reading section of the SSAT, summarize each paragraph by writing down a few words in the margins.