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Learning Styles and Revision Strategies


A great deal of recent research has suggested that people learn in different ways. All of us will have a preferred style of learning. Although using your preferred style of learning will help you revise for exams most effectively it  does not mean we should you should  try and learn and revise in one style all the time. To really get your brains buzzing and get the best out of yourself try to train your brain to receive and remember information using a variety of techniques.
First of all take a short test to find out what sort of learner you are BY CLICKING HERE
When you have completed the quiz print out your results and look for your strengths. Choose you three strongest areas and try some revision of the revision strategies identified below.


These ideas are taken from the Greenfield School website

Visual Style
        Recopy notes in colours
        Visually organise or reorganise notes using columns, categories, outline forms, etc.
        Remember where information was located in visual field
        Create timelines, models, charts, grids, etc.
        Write/rewrite facts, formulas, notes on wall-hanging, bedsheet, poster for visual review at any time
        Facts, formulas, notes on index cards arranged/rearranged on wall, pin-board, floor, bed
        Use of colour-coded markers or cards for previous two above
        Use of visual mnemonics
        TV/video supplements important for understanding or remembering
        Use of "background" visual activity helps you to concentrate
        Use of highlighters
        Near memorisation of chapter/notes
 
Auditory Style
        Need to discuss concepts/facts/aspects with friend immediately after new learning
        Frequently does homework with friend(s) via telephone - seems to understand better and retain more
        Tape records lesson or notes for re-listening later
        Must say facts/formulas/information over and over to retain
        Simultaneous talking-walking studying
        Set information to rhyme, rhythm, or music to aid retention
        Aural Mnemonics
        Remember where information was located in auditory field (e.g. tagged to "who       said that?")
        Use of different voices to study (like creating a script, or acting out a play)
        TV/video/radio supplements useful for obtaining information
        Prefer to listen without taking notes
        Prefer group discussion and/or study groups
        Use of background music helps you to concentrate
        Prefer quiet study environment
 
Kinaesthetic Style
        Copy notes over and over, apparently to make them neat or organised
        Make charts, grids, timelines, diagrams (usually several times)
        Trace key words with finger, marker, hand
        Re-enact situations while studying
        Constructs things while studying (house of cards, blocks, etc.)
        Prefers learning by doing
        Frequently takes things apart, or "tinkers with things" for understanding
        Prefers on-site visits for understanding
 

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