There are a number of different theories about how people learn. A simple but useful method sorts people into visual, aural (sound) and kinesthetic (physical) learners. Most people can be sorted into this method with just a few questions – Blogthings provides a very short effective quiz to determine this. Once you know your learning style, you can pick study tools and methods that work well with how you learn. The all-audio Pimsleur method is an excellent choice for aural learners, but may not be a good choice for a visual or kinesthetic learner (although, I personally am a kinesthetic learner and do well with the Pimsleur courses as long as I make sure to listen to them while I go for a walk or jog.) An aural learner may have trouble learning just from a book and may not find flashcards useful except as prompts for what to say, but a visual learner would likely do particularly well with labeled pictures and flashcards. A kinesthetic learner is likely to find a book with a lot of written exercises very useful and may also do well with flashcards (although personally, I find that I need to write out my own rather than purchase pre-made flashcards.) I am particularly impressed with the Rosetta Stone software, which combines visual and kinesthetic (and to a lesser extent aural) learning styles. The only drawback is that they do not teach you how to write non-Latin scripts, so if you want to learn to write Hebrew, Arabic, Pashto, or Farsi, you will need to find a resource just for this – however there are a number of excellent books and websites available just for this purpose.
Figure Out Your Learning StyleWhat's Your Learning Style? quiz from Blogthings - a short, quick, but quite accurate quiz on learning styles.
Multiple Intelligences - a more in depth look at learning styles after the work of Howard Gardner, includes in-depth testing for Gardner's 8 cognitive capacities. From this site, you can also purchase June Kaminski's e-book Multiple Intelligences: Learning Styles Workbook, which includes study hints based on your learning style.
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