So you’re aware of your learning type, right? Typically individuals are visual, tactile, or auditory learners. Once you’ve determined which category you lean toward, it’s a good idea to develop a learning process that best works for you. This is especially important once you reach graduate school because time is precious. Wouldn’t you agree? So with this in mind, a learning process should help you absorb and utilize the information in the way that works best for you.
For example, some people greatly enjoy taking thorough notes. The process of writing down the information they are reading or listening to, it helps them process it more efficiently. Others need to read the chapter of the week before diving into other work for their papers. What you may need to do before each class is figure out when items are due and plan your week accordingly. Perhaps try to get your reading accomplished by Tuesday night, and take notes while you read. Then you’ll want to get your peer involvement/discussions done, and of course your assignments should be finished by the end of the week. Each person is going to have different ways of going about their work, so there is no one plan that will work for everyone.
It’s also a great idea to set up a meeting with an advisor within your program to talk about these types of things as well. They are a wealth of knowledge that students should utilize.
By Alisa Berry
Online Learning Tips Staff