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The Four Styles of Learning

You probably know someone who claims – or appears – to have a “photographic memory”. They seem to be able to read or hear things once and have a near-perfect recall forever after, without having to do the hours of revision you’re putting in.

In reality, scientists have found no evidence that a photographic memory exists. What those people are doing is focusing in class and then using smart, efficient ways to absorb that information, so they don’t need to stare at a text book over and over.

Fortunately, there are many techniques you can use to enhance your own memory skills. But to find out which ones will work best for you, you first need to understand what your learning style is.

Identifying your learning style

There are four ways to remember information and we usually have one or two favourites depending on our personality and other factors. We also often use different types of learning for different types of information.

The four learning styles are:

  • Visual: seeing how things are done
  • Auditory: hearing how things are done
  • Written or reading: reading how things are done and writing information down
  • Kinaesthetic: taking in things by doing them.

The Excel in Exams SmartivateTM course can help you identify your preferred learning style and includes a quiz so you can find out how you like information to be presented. For example, if you’re a very visual person, you’re likely to form pictures in your mind to help you remember facts.

If this sounds like you, using diagrams broken into clear sections will be one of the best ways for you to learn topics. You might, for instance, stick colour-coded posters on your bedroom wall or design your own flow charts.

Boosting your memory

A photographic memory is a myth but you can certainly fast-track your learning and give your powers of recall a boost – which means more free time to enjoy yourself and no need for last-minute cramming.

Identify your learning style and study better with Smartivate™, purchase your course here.

This entry was posted on Thursday, April 9th, 2015 at 12:16 pm and is filed under A Level, GCSE, Revision Tips. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

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