Find the Best Learning Style for You

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Did you know there are three learning styles? Studying in a way that works best for your individual learning style will help you to learn most effectively and efficiently. The three main learning styles are visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.

Read the below style descriptions. Chances are, you’ll find yourself saying “oh, yeah, that’s me!” to the one that fits you most.

Style Descriptions

The Bepko Learning Center from Indiana University and Purdue University provides the following as easy to understand descriptions of the three basic learning styles.

Visual

• Uses visual objects such as graphs, charts, pictures, and seeing information
• Can read body language well and has a good perception of aesthetics
• Able to memorize and recall various information
• Tends to remember things that are written down
• Learns better in lectures by watching them

Auditory

• Retains information through hearing and speaking
• Often prefers to be told how to do things and then summarizes the main points out loud to help with memorization
• Notices different aspects of speaking
• Often has talents in music and may concentrate better with soft music playing in the background

Kinesthetic

• Likes to use the hands-on approach to learn new material
• Is generally good in math and science
• Would rather demonstrate how to do something rather than verbally explain it
• Usually prefers group work more than others

How to make it work for you when studying for the DMV written test.

And yes, you do need to study for the DMV written test. Nationally, the fail rate hovers around 60-70%, and in some states, like California, it’s as low as 45%. For a more comprehensive test, like the CDL, pass rates are not published but it is most certainly worse.

The reality is many laws are not intuitive, especially specifics on laws and safe driving guidelines, such as fines and recommended distance before turning on a turn signal. To further complicate matters, laws and specific guidelines vary by state. To pass a test on these non-intuitive specifics, one must study.

Visual

*Take repetitive, interactive online practice tests with a specific focus on the questions you miss
*Write down specific material and points you need to remember
*Highlight or comment in margins of paper manual as reading it

Auditory

*Play music softly in background when reading manual and when taking online practice tests
*Read manual aloud
*Read online practice test aloud as taking it

Kinesthetic

*Ask a friend to pick up the manual and ask you questions from it
*Take interactive online practice tests while learning the material

Many online companies have formed to provide in-depth study guidance for preparing for these tests. Examples of such companies include dmvcheatsheets.com and dmv.org . But, taking the material they offer and using it in a way that works with your learning style will make learning feel easy and will ultimately lead to passing the test on your first attempt.

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