Previously we talked about study skills, but sometimes when it comes to studying there are heaps of study guides, advice columns and blogs and even the odd relative with a theory behind the best methods. As much as these books, internet sites and people do have good tips, sometimes it’s as easy as looking at the mirror. Ask yourself, “How do I learn best?”
It seems like such a tedious question or even a stupid one, but you’ll never get the best marks if you don’t even know how your brain is generating your answers on the page! The trick is to know if you’re a Kinaesthetic, Visual or an Auditory Learner. If you don’t know which one you are, observe yourself or ask your teachers or see which of the following fits your description.
“Kinesthetic” means “muscle sense – the sensation by which bodily position, weight, muscle tension, and movement are perceived.” (Collins English Dictionary, 2008) In other words you like doing or experiencing the tasks you’re given.
For kinaesthetic learners it’s all about moving around and getting a hands-on experience on things. Kinaesthetics are known for their ability on the sporting field, but when it’s translated in the classroom, they’re the people who tap their feet under the desk or constantly tap their pens. In some cases they’re also your classmates who are known for their musical and dramatic abilities.
Study tips for those On the Move:
“Visual” refers to “sight – perceptible by the sense of sight; visible.” (Dictionary.com Unabridged, 2008). Basically, you learn by seeing things – words, diagrams, pictures etc.
For visual learners your brain is able to remember things that you’ve seen, which is helpful in exams when they use similar words or pictures. Visual learners are often those with an artistic flair, they can see things in some pieces of art, films or even concepts in books that kinaesthetic or auditory learners miss. Viewing things need movement, but unlike their kinaesthetic peers, they need very little movement go understand what they need to see in order to learn.
Study tips for those Who like to View:
3. On your Break: Rest your eyes and your hand. If you’re typing, your eyes will be very pleased, if you’re writing, your hand will be very thankful. Do something active! If you’ve been sitting for a long period of time (which is not healthy for your eyes or your wrist) try and do something that will stimulate other parts of your brain as well as you body. Remember a healthy body reflects a healthy mind.
For the Auditory…
“Auditory” is talking about, “hearing – perceived through or resulting from the sense of hearing.” (Dictionary.com Unabridged, 2008) Ideally, it mean that you learn best when you hear things.
Auditory learners are the people in your class who can recall exact or almost exact statements that your teacher or even you had stated once before. They’re the once who can pull quotes out of the air or recall various details that weren’t even written down.
Study tips for those Who listen:
I hope these tips are helpful!
– Anvie (S4S Coaching)