Learning Strategies

Two common learning strategies include the concept of thinking out loud and problem based learning. Both are effective strategies suited for different types of learners.

Thinking out loud is one way of mastering new knowledge. Private speech, also known as thinking out loud, was important to you as an infant and a young child. It gave you an opportunity to sound out your knowledge and your questions.

Thinking out loud is particularly useful in memorization, reading poetry and dramatic pieces, editing papers and working through mathematics problems. Using speech and hearing to reinforce your learning will be helpful in remembering the information.

Problem based learning is generated by your professor. You are given a problem, and you have to find the answer. Your teacher serves as a mentor and encourager.

Steps to solving the problem giving in this type of learning include exploring the issues by learning new ideas and concepts. It may help you to list what you know so you will figure out what you do not know. Write out and refine the problem in your own words. Come up with some possible solutions. Choose one as the best and work with it. Write down actions to be taken within a specified timeline and find out what you need to know. If you find out enough to support the solution that you chose, you can go ahead and write up the problem. If not, go back and choose another solution. Once your have your problem solved, present it to the teacher and the class.

It is important for you to find your correct learning style. Websites are available that provide surveys to find out your style. Your college counseling center will also have tests available. Once you understand the best way for you to learn, then you can begin to organize your notes and homework to best suit your style.