Did you know that you can learn through many different senses and not all of us learn the same way…?
It can be extremely beneficial to understand how you learn, especially when it comes to revision. If you know how you learn you can absorb more information in the most effective way each time you revise. Most people are dominant in one particular style however you may need to combine some of the styles… Complete this test to see what style suits you best: Click Here
The test is focused on the three main learning styles:
- Visual learners will learn best by absorbing the information they see in front of them
- Auditory learners retain more information by hearing the information
- Kinaesthetic learners take in more information by completing a task, being hands-on, touching and feeling.
There is a fourth style that is quite valuable to be aware of:
- Logical learners like to follow a process; learning in a specific order enables learners to recall information effectively
Throughout this article you will find revisions aids and guidance for each of the learning styles, but please experiment and find what truly works for you!
Facts: 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual. 65% of people are visual learners.
If you are a visual learner you will typically learn by seeing information, reading it and revising from bright coloured notes. You may find that when you try to recall information you have read, you will remember which page it was on, the approximate placing on the page and possibly in what colour, even if you cannot recall the actual fact.
Therefore, when you revise you could create images of what you need to remember, utilise revision cards or flash cards, PowerPoints, videos and build mind maps.
Ways to use a Mind Map… Make it colourful, have it on your wall, use one for essay planning, break down each topic in a particular subject… then you can present it to others.
Facts: Approximately 30% of learners are auditory and will retain approximately 75% of all they hear.
As an auditory learner you may prefer to revise with music on and not be in quiet spaces; however, always practice exams in silence as you will be in silence on the day. You will learn best through listening and talking through challenges or topics that you find difficult.
You may like to read aloud and talk to yourself… or create a musical jingle to help learn new material. Having things explained to you out loud is far more beneficial than any written instruction.
Facts: Only 5% of the population learn this way… If you are a kinaesthetic learner you need to be active and learn through moving, doing and touching.
It may seem strange, but a kinaesthetic learner will like to chew gum or snack while studying, you will need frequent study breaks and move around when talking, listening and learning. When learning something new you will most likely prefer to stand not sit. You will be an explorer at heart and active participation is critical to your learning.
Facts: Your brain needs to be challenged; you need to group information to help you learn it and understand it.
You will have an innate ability to reason, solve problems and learn using numbers…. You will like abstract visual information and analysis of cause and effect relationships. You will think in a logical or linear order and be quite a methodical person.
You can recognise patterns easily, as well as connections between seemingly meaningless content. This also leads you to classify and group information to help you learn or understand it.
When you revise you can determine whether drawing pictures, adding colour, practicing by doing, applying it to real life, or reading around the subject for greater knowledge will help you retain what you need for the exam. You will always think through the process of revision and planning your revision is critical to your success.
Over the next few weeks we will cover each style in a little more detail with additional materials that can be used for each style… stay tuned and you will also get hints and tips on how to plan your time and collect a free timetable template too.
If you can’t wait until the next article then send an email to email@example.com and let us know your learning style so we can send you the appropriate hints and tips.
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