Read write learners love conventional study methods.
They don’t need fancy charts or illustrations, just a good old fashioned textbook.
While read write learners excel at detailed note taking, they might find that their notes become too lengthy and, therefore, more difficult to study. Also, they may choose to reread texts, glossing over content they already know instead of reinforcing it with application.
Telltale signs of a read write learner
- Loves reading and writing
- Takes extended notes, at times copying directly from the text
- Prefers to read a text rather than watch a presentation or video
- Picks an essay test over multiple choice any day
- Studies by rereading directly from notes, textbooks, and handouts
Read write learners will find their knack for reading and writing to be a huge advantage. This is because a large majority of the work done in classrooms is based in one of these two mediums.
Further, when it comes time to start looking for work, students will find these skills invaluable. Companies prioritize candidates who are especially good at communicating. Considering that much of today’s business communication is done in written form, this makes read write learners are great candidates.
Listening in class may be difficult if professors are disorganized or don’t provide slides to follow along with.
As I mentioned earlier, read write learners often reread texts when studying. Although you can learn content this way, it will happen at a very slow pace.
Paraphrasing is a much more effective technique. So when you’re taking notes, always use your own words to describe concepts. To study for a test, paraphrase those same notes a second time.
Study techniques for read write learners
Write your notes in an ordered manner: Don’t just take notes, take notes that help you better understand the content. For read write learners, this often involves high levels of organization (I, II, III…a, b, c). If you’re looking for a specific method, I find Cornell notes to be very effective.
Translate everything to text: If you watch a video, see a graph, or have a discussion in class make sure you describe it in words. This way, you’ll understand it better in the moment, and you’ll remember it better later.
Do the readings: Whether it be a textbook, novel, or handout, read and take notes. If you’re reading a textbook, quickly skim all formatted text (headings, bold vocabulary, summary) before diving in. It can also be helpful to write a short (2-3 sentence) summary of what you read immediately after you finish.
Use flashcards right: Flashcards can be very helpful if you use them effectively. Put your own descriptions and example sentences on the inverse side. And don’t be afraid to take up some room.
Side 1: What is Study Forth?
Side 2: Study Forth is an amazing website that was started in the summer of 2015 by a group of high school juniors. Their goal? Help high schoolers improve grades, increase efficiency, and prepare for college. The site’s full of in depth articles and videos…(you get the idea 😉
Make your own test: This is a fantastic way to combine writing and application. Writing test questions will make you think about the content in a new way and they’ll be reinforced by your writing them down.
For this method to have the greatest success, most of the test questions should start with (how, why, explain…), not (who, what).
Use a variety of question formats (multiple choice, true false, short answer, essay). However, if you already know the format of your next test, write your questions in that format.
When you finish writing it, take the test.
For further learning
Read related material: Find anything relating to a class subject you’re passionate about. You don’t even have to take notes or discuss it with someone else.
Read for fun: Anything you choose to read, it will help you to improve. Find something you really enjoy and hone your skill.
It’s important to remember that most people are a mix of different learning styles. Not everything mentioned above will be true of or work for all read write learners. Experiment and find what works for you.
Questions? Comments? Advice?
Do you have any advice for read write learners or questions about this article? Am I missing something? Please let me know in the comments below!
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