Streamline Studying By Understanding Your True Learning Styles
Most of us have different learning styles, with the brain functioning in a very complex manner to memorize and retain important information. It can become easier to understand how to study, though when you begin paying closer attention to how you seem to learn best. Throughout the years, this may be on a trial and error basis, and your learning styles may vary depending on the content or degree, but as you enter your first year of law school at CDTA (looking forward to sizeable amounts of reading assignments and coursework overall), consider some factors:
- You may be an auditory learner. If so, this should work out very well in law school, and especially at CDTA, as you will learn so much through your online classes, with many lectures to draw from and watch at your convenience. You can also attend Saturday enrichment courses to strengthen your essay writing skills. Auditory listeners do much better by reading information out loud, as well as discussing topics with classmates, study group members, and anyone who may be interested!
- If you are a visual learner, this means you will learn much better with the obvious aids: pictures, illustrations, diagrams, and variations of text in color. Although these types of aids may not always be readily accessible in your classwork and study materials—or what you may be covering in a lecture—you can create them yourself, just adding to the learning reinforcement.
- Do you learn better in a more active or tactile environment? If so, it may be important for you to move around while you are studying, or as an online distance learner, you can even do so while watching lectures. You may find that gesturing or acting out your notes in some ways will help, along with using some of the same types of aids that visual learners do in creating diagrams and other more analytical models.
- While most law students are successful if they excel at critical and analytical thinking, as well as writing and communication, they will all tend to learn differently and have varied preferences. It can be helpful in study groups to talk to other law students about the methods they find are best, as well as trading notes to get a different, and more comprehensive, perspective. The key is to retain the information and translate that later not only into passing the California Bar Exam but also in using it to help clients later in your career as a trial attorney.
Our mission at CDTA College of Law is to educate, train, and develop extraordinary legal advocates. Your legal education will be comprised of bar-tested academic subjects, skills training, and values reinforcement. Upon completion of your 4-year course of study, you will be fully qualified to take and pass the California Bar examination. Call us today at (760) 342-0900 or find out more online here.