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Different Learning Styles No ratings yet.

What are the different learning styles?

Knowing your learning style can help you to determine how you can best receive information. Once you figure out your unique learning style, you will find that studying and learning will become easier. There are three types of learners: Kinesthetic, Visual, and Auditory. Your style doesn’t necessarily belong to only one category and not the others. Many of us are a combination of the different styles but show dominance in one particular category.


This learning style involves receiving information through direct experience or performance. Students in this category need to be involved physically in the learning process. Some characteristics of this type of learners include:

  • Speak with their hands and use gestures
  • Lose concentration when there is no external stimulation
  • Like activities that involve moving
  • Need to stretch and feel uncomfortable with sitting too long
  • When seated, they move their legs or hands
  • Use and appreciate a lot of touch in their communication. For example, pat on the back
  • Like to try doing things first and learn from mistakes


This group of students like to see what they learn. They are very good at picturing things in their minds and are able to remember things by the way they look. A lot of visual learners prefer to sit in front of the class so that they can see the board and the teacher’s writing clearly. Some characteristics of this type of learners are:

  • Take detailed notes and use coloured pens and markers
  • Are neat and organized
  • Prefer quiet study area
  • Like to see first and do second
  • Learn through charts, diagrams, tables, or writing down what they need to remember
  • They are good at using maps
  • Enjoy drawing and taking pictures
  • Don’t like to read long paragraphs
  • Could have a photographic memory


These types of students learn best by listening or hearing. For example, if you need to read your textbook aloud or listen to a recorded information to understand and remember what you read, you are likely an auditory learner.  Some characteristics of this group include:

  • Prefer being told what to do rather than be shown
  • Enjoy music in the background while studying
  • Use rhythm as a tool for memorizing things
  • They like participating in class discussions
  • Better at remembering when they read it aloud
  • Sometimes they hum or talk to themselves when they are alone

Remember, you probably have characteristics that match two or even all three of these categories. The important things is that you find out how you can study best and apply that to your learning.

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Science, Chemistry, Biology, Physics Study Skills and Vancouver Tutoring No ratings yet.

1.       Time management is the key for doing well in sciences.  High school students often don’t know how much time is actually required to study science. You will need to create a regular study schedule and stick to it like glue.

2.       Create a study space that feels comfortable. Some students need quiet environment, others prefer to have some background music. Figure out what your preference is and create a perfect study environment.

3.    Science textbooks can seem intimidating. They are usually thick and packed with information. Your tutor can simplify the information and put it in bite size notes that are much easier and less daunting to tackle. They can also offer advice about how to approach, read, take notes on and understand your science textbooks.

4.    In order to be a successful science student in high school and university you need to master two very important skills: effective listening and good note-taking skills. Anyone can learn these and our tutors can help you master these essential skills.

5.    Writing tests give many students anxiety and stress. A little stress and anxiety is normal. But if you are finding that you forget what you know during writing tests or that your anxiety is too high that makes you physically ill then we will work to get you used to writing tests in a safe and supportive environment. Once you gain confidence, you will notice a huge improvement on your test results.


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Vancouver Math Tutoring and Study Skills No ratings yet.

Studying for math is very different than studying for history or geography. Math requires a lot of practice time and solving as many questions as possible in order to get comfortable with the new concepts and to build a strong foundation. Below is a few tips on how to be a successful math student. As math is a cumulative course, students need to master the skills they have already learned in order to build a strong foundation for future math classes and courses. If your student is struggling in math, it is important to begin remedial work immediately before the situation gets worse.

1.   ‘Reading’ math is not the same as social studies.

Read your notes slowly. Reading mathematics is not like reading a novel or studying for social studies. Read with a pencil in hand. Every time the book walks you through a problem, do it on your own first before looking at the answer.

2.   Understand the concepts.

Make an attempt to solve as many questions as possible until you clearly understand the concepts.

3.   Practice.
The more practice problems you solve, the faster and more confident you will be at solving test problems.

4.   Keep up with assignments (whether they are graded or not).

The only way to learn math is to practice practice practice. School homework is the minimum amount of practice you should be doing to learn the concepts in math. Aim to do more questions than what your teacher assigned. Even if your homework is not graded, complete it as if it was. Check your answers in the back of the book and if you got a question wrong, make sure you understand why.

5.   Ask questions.

Do not hesitate to ask questions. Ask your teacher for help if you don’t understand something. Write down specific problems so you have them ready; don’t be vague and say you just don’t understand.

6.   Get help.

Many students decide to hire tutors to help them catch up with school work and strengthen learning gaps. The longer you wait before getting help, the harder it will be to get caught up.

MyGradeBooster Tutoring Services offers qualified tutors in BC curriculum math 8, math 9, math 10, math 11, and math 12 in Vancouver, North Vancouver, and West Vancouver.

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