Read/Write Strategies

Key words:

lists, notes and text in all its formats and whether in print or online.


This preference uses the printed word as the most important way to convey and receive information.

If you have a strong preference for learning by Reading and Writing (R & W) learning you should use some or all of the following:


To take in the information:
  • lists
  • headings
  • dictionaries
  • glossaries
  • definitions
  • handouts
  • textbooks
  • readings – library
  • notes (often verbatim)
  • teachers who use words well and have lots of information in sentences and notes
  • essays
  • manuals (computing and laboratory)

SWOT – Study without tears

To make a learnable package:

Convert your “notes” into a learnable package by reducing them (3:1)

  • Write out the words again and again.
  • Read your notes (silently) again and again.
  • Rewrite the ideas and principles into other words.
  • Organize any diagrams, graphs … into statements, e.g. “The trend is…”
  • Turn reactions, actions, diagrams, charts and flows into words.
  • Imagine your lists arranged in multiple choice questions and distinguish each from each.


To perform well in any test, assignment or examination:
  • Write exam answers.
  • Practice with multiple choice questions.
  • Write paragraphs, beginnings and endings.
  • Write your lists (a,b,c,d,1,2,3,4).
  • Arrange your words into hierarchies and points.

You like this page because the emphasis is on words and lists.
You believe the meanings are within the words, so any talk is OK but this handout is better.
You are heading for the library.