how do you study?
is it by...a) Reading the text book/any materialb) Writing down notes in colours/highlighting/doodlesc) Listening to lectures, and whoa, straightaway enter brains!:)d) You'll only learn through labs, playing with models and stuff?do you know whats your style??
or you just read text book and hope to pass your test?? Well, i'm here to teach you! muahahhahahahhaah...
(i'm planning to blog about what i studied in Interactive Psych everyday, plan laa...*dunno how long can last!*)
So anyway, back to the "lecture"....Last semester, i went to the Scientology Center, and they said, there is a specific way of studying a "science" created by L. Ron Hubbard that everyone can apply and use, i say bullshit!!!!:P not everyone's thing is reading, right? cos thats what scientology's Study Technlogy is all about.Making Learning Work: Learning Styles(LS)
So, today i learnt about Multiple Intelligence (see below to take the test and see what kind of intelligence you're more inclined towards!). We did not learn the Rogers Theory, but another theory that has 4 basic learning styles. Basically, people have 4 ways la. (ofcourse there are more!)
- Visual Verbal - Reading
- Visual Nonverbal - Viewing
- Auditory - Listening
- Kinesthetic/Tactile - Touching
These LS are usually different for different people. I mean, its common sense that everybody's different right? This is because people learn at a different rate also. There are three categories of Ls models. The first one is Perceptual Modality. This model is based on biological reactions and physical environment. That means its an innate ability of a person and the environment that shapes the LS of a person. We usually adapt to the LS that suites our innate intelligences. The second one is Information processing and third is Personality patterns.
So, my lecturer only focused on Perceptual Modality!
The main thing about this model is that people have dominant and an auxiliary way of studying/learning something. We usually use all our intelligences, like for example, we read, we hear lectures/OHP, but you only would prefer to use one, or you're more comfortable with one or two only. Or, you can use all, depends on you really. i'll explain what are the 4 learners and how to improve on them ok?Visual Learners
- Prefer pictures and images to explainations
- When people tell you something, you create a mental picture in your head, whether words or images
- It is very helpful to see the person talking if you want to learn.
- 2 groups:
- Visual Verbal LS
- Learns visually and verbally
- Would love is if classroom has OHP, written notes, etc.
- Visual NonVerbal LS
- Loves books with pictures/nicely designed
- Prefer to self study
- When recall stuff, will remember a visual image on mind.
- Usually has an aristic side.
- Prefer things to be spoken to them/listening
- Loves lectures in class when lecturer is speaking. loves group discussion
- When recalling, can actually hear the person talking (omg, weirdo!)
- loves conversing, good listeners.
OK, NOW, learning Strategies!:)
- Need to sense the position and movement and physical feel of things
- Usually don't do well in traditional school
- Loves lab setting,as they need hands on learning, field work.
the point here, is how to make yourself learn better so that you can do well in exams!:) if you really follow, i think you can do well in learning, cos in my opinion, it has worked for me!:) i just need to buck up and study MORE!:pVisual Verbal Learner should...
Visual NonVerbal Learner should...
- Colour code information (summarized from notes)
- Use Flash Cards to write key points, make it simple and little info only!
- Wirte out the sequence of steps, if any
- Before exam, write more flash cards, so that can remember!
Auditory Learner should...
- Use symbols, pictures, diagrams in flashcards.
- Colour code notes, use pretty contrasting colours.
- In margins of text books, doodle symbols, keywords, diagrams
- If learning math, use charts, draw some basic stuff
- Use a large Mahjong paper to illustrate things, like mindmap or something.
- use a lot of tables/graphs/charts in notes.
- most importantly, try to translate some words into understandable symbols and pictures!
Kinesthettic Learner should...
- Be in study groups where members explain to each other what they studied.
- When studying alone, talk out loud!
- Tape/record the lectures.
- Buy Audio tapes to listen to books to learn sth
- In Math, try to explain to yourself in own words, instead of reading the words that they gave
- always sit in front in lectures, to see lecturer's movement.
- draw pictures/words in notes
- walk back and forth with textbook to study.
- create tangible experiences, like make a model or something
- Use flash cards, then arrange it on the table in sequence. so that when u mess it up, you need to put it back and remember the positions.
- Tape/record the lectures, listen to it while in the gym (exercising on threadmill, moving mar!)
Everyone can adopt a few learning styles. Like, for me, i've been using Visual Verbal and Nonverbal for my whole college learning process without even realising it!:) hehe. i guess, i will add more things to my studying like making good notes and stuff.
i hope it helped you!:) it sure as hell did not help me, cos i took an hour to write this and yea, i'm no verbal/typing person learner, more of writing with colours and mnemonics!:P and besides, i already am doing all the things he mentioned!:)
so, again, take the online test
(or Multiple intelligence test
) and see which kind of intelligent you possess and use some of these skills in your studying process, because everyone is smart in their own way...
btw, all info here are cited from my lecture today by Kenneth Phun!:) (Phun, 2006).