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College Success Skills: Online Resources: Learning and Memory

Guide to help UAS Ketchikan students be successful!

What are Learning Styles?

According to the textbook Focus on Community College Success "a learning style is the characteristic and preferred way one takes in and interacts with information, and the way one responds to the learning environment." 

Know thyself! For example: 

  • Are you a hands-on learner? 
  • Do you like to reflect on things or hash it out through discussion? 
  • Do you learn best when dealing with the big picture or do you approach things logically step by step? 
  • Do you find that you can remember things through music or visual representations or through charts and graphs? 

Understanding how you learn can boost your success in school and in your chosen career.  You can choose study strategies that fit your learning styles or know when you will need to spend extra time and effort because the learning environment is not structured in a way most comfortable for you. 

Tips for Improving Your Memory

  1. Keep notes, lists and journals to jog your memory.
  2. Decide what is most important to remember by looking for main ideas.
  3. Classify information into categories.  Some categories may be:
  • Time – summer, sun, swimming, hot
  • Place – shopping center, stores, restaurants
  • Similarities – shoes, sandals, boots
  • Differences – mountain, lake
  • Wholes to parts – bedroom, bed, pillow
  • Scientific groups – flowers, carnation, rose
  1. Look for patterns.  Try to make a word out of the first letters of a list of things you are trying to remember.  You also could make a sentence out of the first letters of the words you need to remember.
  2. Associate new things you learn with what you already know.
  3. Use rhythm or make up a rhyme.
  4. Visualize the information in your mind.
  • See the picture clearly and vividly.
  • Exaggerate and enlarge things.
  • See it in three dimensions.
  • Put yourself into the picture.
  • Imagine an action taking place.
  1.  Link the information together to give it meaning
  2. Use the information whenever you can.  Repetition is the key to memory.