How do you Study?
With the upcoming exams not only here but at the local schools and University, understanding how you learn and retain information, will help you pass. The following article provides excellent and useful information on how to maximize your learning.
How to Study – The Different Ways of Learning
By Rick Aurtus
There are three main ways to interpret information when studying for any type of exam. I have explained what they mean and how to get the most out of how YOU Study.
Visual – This indicates you would benefit by underlining, highlighting, using colored markers, making colorful mind maps, drawing pictures, symbols or graphs. Diagrams underline the common point here. If you are visual, then get into the habit of engaging your visual mode for learning by using imagery as you study automatically picturing, making mental pictures of what you are studying whenever possible and project them onto an imaginary Mental Movie Screen, to enhance your way of learning best, make your mental pictures colorful, humorous, exaggerated and full of action. This will make stronger impressions of the information by involving more brain cells hence this greater neuron connection will assist in lengthening your memory in regards to different subject material and making the information easier to recall.
During your exams, look at your Mental Movie Screen and recall the mental pictures, graphs or drawings, doing this will help lead you to the necessary information. If all fails, then imagine your professor on your Mental Movie Screen and ask your professor for the answer. In most tests, it is best to write something for an answer than nothing at all. Get into the habit of using your Mental Movie Screen to impress any visual information you need to remember. Practice makes perfect.
Auditory – Then learn to engage your auditory mode for learning by attending all your lectures, discussing what you learned, including any visuals used, with others during study sessions. You can also record your lessons and listen to them later. Get into the practice of explaining what you have learned to an imaginary audience of children out loud. This will allow you to hear the
information and evaluate you understanding of it. Don’t get caught up in the listening to every detail you hear in lectures however and remind yourself to take down short notes. During your test, read the test question, listen to your inner voice giving you the answer and write the answers down. You can also talk quietly to yourself to solicit the answer. If all else fails, ask your professor for the answer and hear him give you the answer, then write it down.
Kinesthetic – Then engage your senses and be as hands on as you can. Incorporate your kinesthetic mode of learning by imagining how something feels, immerse yourself of being in the experience whenever possible, using your imaginary sense of touch, engaging the emotions and/or by doing some kind of rhythmic action as you learn such as pacing or tapping your fingers lightly. Explain what you have learned to an imaginary audience as if you were actually there in front of the audience doing the presentation, using props and explaining the feeling of the ‘process’ to the audience Of course the best results are achieved when you learn to engage all three learning modes. However as mentioned earlier refer back to what you find most helpful when you get stuck. And practice, practice, practice
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