Becoming A Successful Online Learner – Study Habits and Skills

Know Yourself and Your Learning Style

When it comes to learning, everyone is different, having their own preferred approaches to new material and their own preferred style of learning. The same studying and learning techniques that work for your friends and peers may not be the best styles and techniques for you, and vice versa.

To understand what style of learning best fits you, you should first try to understand your own strengths and weaknesses and how you approach new, learning situations. Assessing your skills and preferences will help you select the type of learning strategies – and perhaps the online courses – that are most likely to keep you interested and motivated and help you reach your learning goals. The following links explain several theories about learning styles and provide self-inventory tests.

(highly recommended, be sure to check "helpsheets" for how to learn)

Recognize Others’ Learning Styles:

In addition to evaluating how you learn best, as you work with others in groups, realize that they also have their own preferred methods and styles for learning and completing tasks. These differences can cause conflict if you don’t recognize why others are not seeing things the same way that you do.

Through open sharing about learning styles and preferences, and mutual respect for different approaches and ways of thinking, your team may be able to capitalize on differences by integrating them in unique ways. This may lead to unique insights into your course material and to distinctive course work projects.

Identifying Study Skills:

Having identified how you and your classmates best learn, you can begin to look at specific study strategies and evaluate how well they may work for you in your online course. These techniques may address strategies for reading informational content, taking notes, memorizing information, exploring new concepts, and taking tests to name a few. The links below are meant to provide just a few possible strategies for some of these categories.

General Strategies for Different Learning Styles:

Learning Styles and Strategies:

Reading Strategies:
SQ3R / SQ4R (Survey, Question, Read, Recite, (Recall/Relate), Review) –

Semantic Mapping -

Memorization Strategies
Chunking, Association, Mnemonics, and Pictures –

Other memory and memorization techniques –