How to Learn and Revise more Effectively
Learning Style Quiz
What type of learning style do you prefer? Discovering your learning style can help you revise more efficiently and take in more information. Take my quiz first and then we will discuss learning styles.
You pick up a book. It is:
A. A book with writing and beautiful illustrations
B. An audio book filled with detailed descriptions and conversations
C. A word search or Sudoku book
Your trying to spell a word. Do you:
A. Write it down to see if it looks right
B. Say the word slowly out loud and split it to parts to try to spell it
C. Finger spell the word by tracing it in the air
You have a day off. Do you spend it:
A. Looking at clothes and window shopping
B. Meet up with a friend for a good gossip
C. Go bungee jumping
Look at the word DOLPHIN.
What did you do first?
A. Visualise a dolphin
B. Say the word "dolphin" to yourself
C. Want to go swimming with dolphins
Do you prefer:
A. Watching movies?
B. Reading a book?
C. Playing video games?
You go somewhere new. When you get home you remember:
A. The faces of the people you met
B. The music that was playing
C. The food you ate
What distracts you the most?
A. People walking past you
B. Loud noises
C. An uncomfortable chair
Someone posts something on social media that makes you angry. Do you:
A. Respond with emojis
B. Respond by yelling at the computer
C. Respond by writing a comment
When you hear a song, what are you most likely to do?
A. Picture the music video that accompanies the song
B. Break into song
C. Start dancing
What distracts you the most in an exam?
A. The lighting
B. The noise outside
C. The temperature of the room
Add up how many A's, B's and C's you got.
If you got mostly A's you’re a Visual Learner. You learn through sight. If you’re a visual learner you should use flash cards, colour code things, draw pictures and diagrams to explain concepts. You should write down key words and try to visualise what your hearing or reading. Sitting at the front of the class should also help.
If you got mostly B's you're an Auditory Learner. You learn through what you hear and sound. If you're a auditory learner you should read flash cards aloud, listen to audiobooks and songs to help you remember, read new material out loud. Sitting where you can hear will support your learning in class.
If you got mostly C's you're a Kinaesthetic Learner. You learn through action and doing. If you're a kinaesthetic learner you learn best by building, moving, touching and doing. When you study (at home) if you need to walk around, wiggle your foot or tap your pencil this is OK because it helps you learn. If you're unsure how to spell a word you can trace it or try experimenting to get the right answer. You may find fiddle toys helpful when learning.
A word to the wise…
Most of us are not strongly A, B or C. Most of us are made up of all three with a preference towards one. Therefore combining learning styles may help when learning or revising for an exam.
This exercise also teaches tolerance towards others. Some people argue that Autists tend to be strong visual learners whilst the children who can't sit still (possible ADHD - you know who I'm talking about!) are likely to by kinaesthetic learners. Arguably this shows everyone's learning style is different and adaptive to the individual.
For more information on revising why not read my blog post on "How to make a revision timetable".
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