By: Sara Kirkpatrick
For me, studying on campus consists of finding a cozy table in Smith Union, where I can set up my Mac and enjoy my favorite liquid inspiration: Chai Tea Latte. I have always positioned myself near a window in a somewhat noisy space. I am a visual learner, and now realize that I had been unconsciously exposing myself to unnecessary stresses and frustrations.
Are you a Visual, Auditory, or Tactile/Kinesthetic learner? As students, knowing this can not only help us to expand study strategies but also help us determine the best study environments conducive to our own unique learning style.
I’ve done a little research and mapped out a few of the best spots on campus to study based on your learning style. If you’re not sure what your learning style is, no problem. Take the free Learning Style Assessment quiz: https://www.how-to-study.com/learning-style-assessment/.
Visual Learning Style: Visual learners study best in a quiet, clutter-free environment away from windows and movement. I suggest the:
- Library study rooms
- Library quiet floors in the basement, 4th and 5th floors
- Science Research and Teaching Center 1st and 2nd floors
- Smith Memorial Student Union 2nd-floor mezzanine lounge.
Auditory Learning Style: Auditory Learners study best in a place that is free from noisy distractions. If you cannot eliminate background noise, conceal it by quietly playing classical music or an environmental sound track. I suggest the same campus spots as I’ve listed above for visual learners.
Tactile/Kinesthetic Learning Style: Tactile/Kinesthetic Learners study best in a place where you can use as many of your senses as possible: sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell. Study environments should allow movement, and be large enough for you to get up and walk around. I suggest the:
- Neuberger Hall 3rd floor
- Park Blocks between the Library and Neuberger Hall
- Academic and Student Rec Center Rooftop Terrace (access on the 5th floor)
- Native American Student and Community Center
Knowing your learning style is not meant to constrain, but to enhance – by helping you to work, learn and live more efficiently.