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Which Learning Style Are You

Casey explores how you can put your class at ease and help them study effectively for an upcoming examination or assessment. 

Learning is fun! Although not all students will admit it, there are many aspects and elements of their schooling that they get a lot of enjoyment out of. But the one thing that fills all students with dread is a single, powerful word: EXAM.

Even the most motivated and confident student will experience a sense of nervousness when their teacher begins talking about examinations, tests, assessment and revision.

I think, therefore, that right from the start of the process, it is important to show students that they are all unique individuals, and that exam preparation is different for every person, depending on their learning needs and learning styles.

I use the following information to work with students in the lead up to any test or end-of-term exam period.

The first step is to help students identify what ‘type of learner’ they are: visual, auditory, physical, logical or social. Then, once students know how to best utilise their learning style to effectively prepare for exams, they are far more able to revise and study independently, without relying on their teacher.

Visual Learners

For these students, using their imagination comes naturally, and pictures, diagrams, charts, mind maps and visual images are effective in promoting memory. These students have a strong sense for colour, so encouraging them to use highlighters or colour coding of key points in a text, will also be effective.

Auditory Learners

These students can use music, sounds and rhymes when revising and studying. The use of audio tapes in revision classes might be useful for stimulating memory, especially as the background sounds can help students link the content with their thought process at that particular point in the lesson.

Physical Learners

If a student is a physical learner, they can revise effectively using movements, action, touch and hands-on tasks. Flash cards are helpful because of the flipping movement, and large sheets of paper which can be moved around a desk are also effective. Using physical objects and getting students to move around as much as possible, will help to maximise this learning style.

Logical Learners

Logical learners should focus their attention on understanding the logic behind the content. These students are good at remembering details, lists, key points and statistics. They can remember the order and sequence of processes and information and can focus on this type of information when studying.

Social Learners

These students study and revise most effectively when they are in a group or sitting with a friend. They like to ask questions, bounce ideas off others and listen actively to discussions. Encourage these students to share their opinions openly and to challenge and query other students’ opinions.

I find that once my students have identified their own ‘learning style’, they are much more engaged in the revision process for upcoming tests and exams. They even take pride in telling me about all of the strategies they have discovered, which help them learn best. This doesn’t take away the stress of having to face exams – because let’s face it, there isn’t much that is pleasant about taking an exam – but it certainly helps give them confidence and a sense of progress and achievement…. And that’s a winner in my eyes!

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